I know, I know, President Obama is in Atlanta today, and I should be doing something on him...
...but it seems the Tea Party Comix creator has surfaced.
Or at least someone who claims to Ethan Persoff that he is the creator. I didn't realize these comics were being sold on EBay - if they really are no longer available there, then maybe this is the guy.
"You can edit this and make me into any monster you like" has got to be his best line in the whole letter. Sorry, Mr. Kalb - no editing is required in this case.
What I don't understand is why, after taking all that time and effort to create and print these comics, Mr. Kalb is willing to throw in the towel so quickly. Maybe his hate is not as deeply rooted as he thought. Maybe, unlike the professional right wing hate hustlers who have never met a non-controversy they couldn't profit from by whipping it into a frenzied froth of bigoted racial vehemence, whether it makes them look bad or not, Mr. Kalb has a purer vision than they. Maybe Mr. Kalb is more willing to reassess his position than those who simply take the opposite position of the president on everything and dig in for the duration.
Subject: TEA PARTY COMIX
Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:23 AM
From: Tom Kalb
To: Ethan Persoff
I have taken all TEA PARTY COMIX OFF of Ebay. I hope you are happy and I hope the world is a little bit better better place in which to live now. ....I do not understand the connection with "big ears" and "racism", and I do not understand how a "dark face" implies racism...... The accusation of "Hate" is true, but it is the hate of an IDEOLGY, not a of race of people..... I understand that the ideology has captured 80 or 90% of the race(s) in question, but it is STILL a AN IDEOLOGY and NOT a "race" that this comic book attacks.... Cartoonists have historically drawn "the enemy" in a negative light... Please search cartoons of Reagan and Bush for instance ( and please see my caracature of Janet Napolatano in Tea Party Comix #2! )..... Think, and you will have to admit there was NO LIMIT placed upon these depictions.... But somehow, ANY negative drawing of Presient Obama is automatically "racist"... Be honest with yourself, if it is possible. ....Think. And maybe admit that you have an advantage that you are taking advantage OF..... In Tea Party Comix #1 there is a strip in which a person handing out Tea Party Comix #1 has an ALAN KEYES tee-shirt... Did you upload THAT strip?? Not that it would matter to people who think that RACE is more important than IDEOLOGY, but I would think that a fair-minded person might include that strip....
You can edit this and make me into any monster you like, that's up to you. We'll see what a moral person you are, and you can live with that. I'm sure you will be safer than I feel tonight, either way......
The undergrounds of the sixties WERE "allowed". Apparently "Tea Party Comix" are NOT allowed.... To any reasonable man, well, this miight give him something to think about, about how far we have "come"..... Is it truely a BETTER world?? You tell ME! - Tom Kalb
Don't go so soon, Mr. Kalb. We were just starting to have fun with this.
Personally, I'm just glad Tom Kalb, or whomever he really is, gave the blogosphere a free pass to whale on the Tea Party. And tied forever, in the annals of Google, the organization's moniker to the very scourge they seek to deny they ever encouraged within their ranks in the first place.
Encore, Mr. Kalb. We need an encore performance...