Read the link or just read my reply, reprinted below:
If you want to be subversive, let’s think about what that means and what it is you’re subverting and what it is that you represent.
For something to be subversive it needs to both mimic and undermine the societal power structure. The society of the Western world is invariably white dominance and anti-brown. To be truly subversive against that power structure, a work of art would be clinging closely to that as well as poking holes in the structural integrity of the white power structure.
Since nothing that we can see here in “Fukitor” does anything to undermine white power while it makes a big show of making sport of nonwhite people, it literally just *is* what it looks like.
This isn’t subversive, this is the real thing. This is what racist caricature and hostility against nonwhites in the popular arts looks like. This is what racism looks like, served straight up.
Now this fellow Jason Karns hasn’t done himself any favors in his replies to this blog post. It’s a shame because the least he could do for himself is lie about his intentions and not look like a fool. But one almost (almost) admires his determination to die on this hill of racism, glorification of violence against brown people and aggressive dehumanization in general.
It saves us all a lot of time because we instantly understand that there is no reasoning with this man, no debate to be had. His heels are dug in and sure, he’s invested the money to print these comics up. I get it. (That’s called empathy, by the way)
What I don’t get is how Karns doesn’t seem to have empathy for anybody else. How he seems oblivious to how he comes across and oblivious to why his work is being regarded in an unkind way. He even lashes out with that well-worn nonsense about “you ASSUMED that I was caricaturing this group of people—it is YOU who is the racist!” That’s just so stupid that it is tiring. An accusation that doesn’t even pretend to make sense. Unworthy of serious dissection. Jason Karns, your comic is racist. And most likely, you are “a racist,” whatever that means. You’re absolutely a product of your environment but at some point you crossed from passive racism to embracing the ideologies of hate and wrapping yourself in the cloak of cultural insensitivity. It suits you, perhaps.
Now look listen and please understand: all of you older cartoonists.
We are living in a new world of cartoonists who aren’t caught up with these thirty-year-late ideas of “edginess.” Exploding heads just don’t do the trick anymore, I’m sorry to break it to you. Hastily slapping gibberish dialogue into the mouths of brown characters doesn’t excite people nor does it challenge people in any way. Not anymore.
You’re boring. Racist, boring and not in any way “real.”
There is nothing real or unbridled or unfiltered about this nonsense. It’s extremely filtered. Filtered through the hacky independent comics of the 1980s, filtered through the rather privileged aesthetic tastes of the 1960s undergrounds, filtered through B-movies and action blockbusters. If art like this represents someone’s unbridled self, I’ll have the restrained version, thank you.
This style, which is not at all limited to Jason Karns here, is actually very common. This style of comics is something that deserves its own name so that adherents can find it easily and the rest of us can avoid it entirely. The saddest thing of all is that there is Absolutely Nothing Special Happening Here.
Everybody else: I’m embarrassed for you. Step your game up. Comics deserves better and better is on its way.