It’s Election Day here in the U.S., and with everyone headed to the polls today and tensions likely to run a bit high while the votes are tallied, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how this year’s candidates might fare in a decidedly different venue: the world of webcomics.
So with that in mind, I contacted some of the webcomic creators I’ve communicated with in the past and asked them to tell me how their cast of characters would vote in today’s election. Would their characters vote for Barack Obama, John McCain or someone else entirely?
Here’s how they responded:
R. STEVENS, CREATOR OF DIESEL SWEETIES:
- Clango, Metal Steve, Pale Suzie, Uncle Grandpa, Maura: Obama (Tho Maura just wants to sex up Biden)
- Red Robot: McCain, in the hopes he dies and is replaced with Palin.
- Indie Rock Pete: Nader
- Veggie Ali: Green Party, even in races they are not running in.
- Jon Stamos the kitten: Bob Barr (she thinks we all need to be more responsible)
- Jeffrey/Kerry Edwards/Tallahassee/Paperklip: Obama
- Weedmaster P: Jackson K. Grimes (United Fascist Union Party, look it up)
- Baby: Can’t vote; she is an illegal alien
- Joanna: Jackson K. Grimes
- Machine Elf: Jackson K. Grimes
RENE ENGSTRÖM, CREATOR OF ANDERS LOVES MARIA:
- Anders Silfersked: Despite being extremely wealthy, Anders considers himself quite the socialist. His vote would go for the Socialist Workers Party.
- Maria Holm: Maria would vote for the Democratic Party, not so much that it reflects her personal political affiliations (Socialism), but as an act of solidarity to get the Republicans out.
- Johan Holm: “Fuck voting!”
- Björn Soiva: “Probably for that pretty Alaskan lady. Ha! That would piss a few people off too. Yeah I think I’d do that. ;)”
- Tina Törnros: “McCain? No Obama! No wait, McCain. Um. No. Wait.”
PAUL SOUTHWORTH, CREATOR OF UGLY HILL:
- Hastings Kilgore: John McCain, even though he chose a woman as his running mate. I oppose women in seats of power unless the butts they’re putting in those seats are cute as a button.
- Peter Wipp: In the “Octopi for Obama” club at school, even though I’m technically not old enough to vote.
- Eli Kilgore: We’re voting for what now?
- Snug Snugworth: We’re what for what now?
- Elliott Krauthammer: Hitler. Wait, Hitler’s not running this year? God damn it. Fine, I’ll just write it in.
In reality, though, I would suspect that no matter who they support in thoery, most if not all of them are either too lazy or self-absorbed to cast an actual ballot.
DAVID WILLIS, CREATOR OF SHORTPACKED:
- Galasso — McCain
- Ethan — Obama
- Amber — McCain
- Robin — Obama (she hates Sarah Palin, choice has nothing to do with her personal politics)
- Leslie — Obama
- Mike — Your mom
- Reagan — Can’t vote, legally dead!
- Ninja Rick — McCain (ninjas are mavericks)
- Faz — Faz
- Ultra Car — Can’t vote, is a car
SPIKE, CREATOR OF TEMPLAR, ARIZONA:
- Ben: “Obama. Change is good.”
- Dr. Bash: “McCain. For God’s sake, you hippies. Like lambs to slaughter, every last one you.”
- Scipio: “Well, uhm, I can sort of see myself voting for the Green Party. I, I like the, y’know, the environment. Is McKinney on the ballot, here? I guess?”
- Gene: “Huh?”
- Reagan: (Answers the question by rolling eyes, miming a man masturbating)
- Sunny: “You care about the STUPIDEST GOD DAMN NONSENSE.”
- Moze: “I been likin’ that girl with the glasses.”
- Curio: “Oh my GAWD, I forgot to REGISTERRRR!”
- Tuesday: “Bob Barr. Duh, maybe? I mean, he DOES exist, you realize.”
- Pippi: “The black guy. He got th’ best commercials. The white guy look all gay on TV, don’t want France seein’ that shit.”
- Zora: “Whoever, you can, uhm, whoever does it so things are nicer.” (brief pause.) “Yes.”
- The Elliotts could not be reached for comment.
DAVID GALLAHER, CO-CREATOR OF HIGH MOON:
- If this were the present 2008 election, and if he were in the voting mood, I think Matthew Macgregor would more than likely vote for John McCain. I think he’d identify with McCain’s ‘stubborn son of a bitch’ attitude – and it is in keeping with Macgregor’s whole ‘unchanging man in a changing time’ shtick. Plus, both Mac and McCain both share a military background of remarkable renown. Though, I don’t think McCain ever killed a werewolf with his bare hands. During his time, Macgregor was certainly one of those people who voted for Benjamin Harrison.
- As a werewolf, who embodies the idea of change, I think Mac’s antagonist – Conroy – would be a very adamant supporter of Barack Obama. Conroy is very much about supporting the ‘little guys,’ protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Conroy’s history is also deeply rooted in slavery – and I think that Obama’s race, in part, will play into his decision.
- As far as the rest of our cast: Deputy Jeb Garrett would probably be an Obama supporter, but would be mighty sweet on Sarah Palin. Gabriel Hunter and his family would be McCain supporters all the way. As the Sheriff’s daughter, Tara Bradley would likely also be a McCain supporter, as would all the other characters from Blest, Texas. The characters from Ragged Rock, if they were allowed to vote, would be more likely to vote for Obama, though I think they’d lean more independently.
J. BAIRD OF CREATE A COMIC PROJECT:
While the CCP uses the bulk of its artwork from other comics, the CCP does, in fact, have its own characters, thanks to the series of comic books I’ve been writing. There are four students (who I refer to creatively as Students 1 – 4) and a teacher. Using the cover of the second comic as a reference, the students are (from left to right): Student 2, Student 3, Student 4, and Student 1.
- Student 1 – Palin. Not McCain, mind you, but Palin, since they share a love of moose and the Arctic circle. She’d also think shooting wolves from helicopters is among the coolest things ever.
- Student 2 – Cynthia McKinney. He’s a contrarian who, just because Obama is popular, doesn’t mean he’s going to fall in lock step with expectations.
- Student 3 – Obama. She’d vote this way because her parents vote this way and she doesn’t want to rock the boat.
- Student 4 – Obama. Largely because the online videos that support him are “less boring” than the ones for McCain.
- Teacher – Bob Barr. He teaches because it’s his way of privately contributing to society, so he’d support the candidate who promotes individual responsibilities.
Here’s how they’d vote:
I should note that while the fictional students have a range of choices, pretty much every real life student I’ve taught is for Obama.
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BRENDAN MCGINLEY, CO-CREATOR OF HANNIBAL GOES TO ROME:
- Hannibal — being a pragmatist, he’d want someone healthy enough to scale the Alps, and pick Obama, though he’d respect McCain’s tough stint in the POW camp as a sign of someone he’d want around.
- Monomachus — A warrior, he’d automatically choose the professional soldier McCain
- Mago — Hannibal’s younger brother, would, like most people in their early 20s, vote Obama, perhaps seeing parallels with his own big brother who led his country in a mighty campaign
- Scipio the Elder — Would undoubtedly vote for the seasoned and rigid McCain. A vote for solidarity, experience and conformity.
- Scipio Africanus — Could cut either way, but would choose Obama in defiance of the out-of-touch old men who alleged Africanus himself was too young and inexperienced to lead.
ROSSCOTT, CREATOR OF THE SYSTEM:
- Bathroom Guy: “Nader. That’ll show ‘em.”
- Bathroom: “Obama. Palin just makes women look bad.”
- Handsome Joe: “Palin and The Ladies. Wait, she’s not running for president?”
- Jimmy the Murderdog: “I’m a convicted felon. But vote for Obama or I’ll kill you.”
- Officer: “I’m too busy telling people what to do to tell my government what to do.”
CHRIS FLICK, CREATOR OF CAPES & BABES:
- Marc: Obama. But had McCain chose Huckabee to be his running mate instead of Palin, he would have been very torn over this election.
- Joey: Obama.
- Roy: Originally, Roy would have supported one of the alternative candidates like Ron Paul, the Green Party or the Libertarian party until someone would have pointed out the fact that, as a werewolf, it makes absolute sense to support a candidate that’s all about “change”.
- Al the Alien: McCain. Unfortunately, being an illegal alien, he’s not allowed to vote.
- In this upcoming second year of Capes & Babes, I really should introduce more characters that might be more likely to have voted for McCain. We’ll see.
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CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT, CREATOR OF UBERSOFT WEBCOMICS HELP DESK, KERNEL PANIC AND OLD SKOOL WEBCOMIC:
- The Boss: The Dark Lord of Ubersoft considers politics a means to an end, the end being inflicting as much suffering on as many people for as long a duration as possible. All of the political parties make vigorous arguments as to why all of the other parties would do just that, and the Boss finds it difficult to decide which has the more compelling case. However, this year things were easy: Barack Obama is running a campaign on hope, which is antithetical to everything the Dark Lord of Ubersoft stands for. Preferred Candidate: John McCain
- Alex: Alex is completely apathetic to politics and pretty much everything else. Preferred Candidate: None
- Mark: Mark is a Libertarian, but due to being repeatedly arrested for suspected terrorism over the last eight years he is supporting the Democratic ticket just to piss off the Republicans. Preferred Candidate: Barack Obama
- Scott: Scott, being pretty much the opposite of the Boss in every way, is a single-ticket votor for hope. Preferred Candidate: Barack Obama
- The Google Ceiling-Beast: The many-tentacled creature that lurks on the ceiling of the main Google offices can’t actually vote because it is not a US citizen. However, it has a magpie-like attraction to brassy things. Preferred Candidate: Ralph Nader
- Monk: Monk isn’t interested in politics, but he likes to passive-aggressively annoy people who are. Most of his family is supporting Obama, which is why he’s supporting the Green Party this year. Preferred Candidate: Cynthia McKinney
- King: Being a native of Las Vegas, King always checks the odds and votes accordingly. Preferred Candidate: Barack Obama (50 EV spread)
- Alice: Alice strongly supports business deregulation. She thinks the Libertarian ticket would actually be the most business-friendly, but she doesn’t think they have much of a chance. Preferred Candidate: John McCain
- Phil: Phil has recently undergone something of a change in personality due to being rewired by Apple scientists to be more “Mac compatible.” Before Binky: Binky doesn’t vote. But he’s happy to help count!
- Alan: Doesn’t vote because he’s afraid he’ll get jury duty. Preferred Candidate: None
- Jack: Writes in Jack Kerouac every four years. Preferred Candidate: Kerouac
- Steven: Steven frequently complains there is no official “Absolute Evil” party in the US, but he’s learned to make do with what he has. In lieu of voting his dream ticket, he instead votes for whoever James Dobson endorses. Preferred Candidate: John McCain
- Johnny: Steven can usually convince Johnny to do anything he wants… with the sole exception of choosing a Linux distribution. Preferred Candidate: John McCain
- Arnault Dreck: Mr. Dreck can’t afford to choose a losing candidate. Instead, he donates equally to every campaign and then after the election he claims to have supported the winner all along… and has the campaign contribution receipts to prove it.
OLD SKOOL WEBCOMIC
- A: Doesn’t trust anyone with more than three corners. Preferred Candidate: Triangle
- B: Feels three-cornered candidates are secretly plotting to destroy the American Dream. Preferred Candidate: Square
One last note, folks: If you’d like to tell me about your webcomic cast’s candidates of choice, feel free to leave a comment here or email me at MARSHALL138 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM. The way I see it, these are just the early returns, and all the votes have yet to be counted.
UPDATE: I’ve tallied all of the votes and created a list of candidates and how many characters voted for them. Check it out here.
For more information about the webcomics I’ve listed here, visit each comic’s site. You can also check my archive of webcomic interviews for further discussion of each series.