This has been a busy week for my political cartooning, this is but one of three in the works this week – one of which still isn't finished. Recently, our president displayed an altered storm map of Hurricane Dorian. Perhaps the most troubling thing about the situation is how easily it could have been resolved. This all began because the president claimed the hurricane was possibly going to hit the state of Alabama. To his credit, it wasn't far off in the grand scheme of things, but that wasn't the projection. So, the projection President Trump was to display was altered with what multiple outlets are referring to as a felt-tip marker – because I'm sure this wasn't the brand recognition Sharpie was looking for this year.
So, the National Weather Service in Burmingham, Alabama, tweeted out a reminder the president was wrong.
It's that simple. He was wrong. Yet, there's now some sources saying staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were told they might be fired if they didn't back the president's error.
The issue in itself is potentially minuscule, but the whole idea of what was done is so indicative of the current administration. That is to say, if the facts don't support the president's statements, then amend the facts – I believe the term alternative facts was thrown around sometime in the recent past. This is how we're living now, folks.
Though this panel seems very close to the actual NOAA map, it's been done by hand. In a case like this, however, it largely cuts down on the work time when your composition is already laid out. I had started another version in which there was a punchline about tiny hands, but that seemed childish and unproductive, so I went a different direction. This is a matter of truth, so the easiest way forward was to compliment the machined lines of the chart with clean text for the word "Truth" and all its accompanying factors so as to contrast with the "Ego" of the presidential addition. Frankly, the thing that took the longest was drawing the actually Sharpie – err, felt-tip marker.
This one took around four hours and some change to complete. I kept finding little details to go back and change like the angle of the Sharpie, the transparency of a line, a few stray marks on the coastline, etc, but I was both too focused and too rushed to remember to take progress screenshots for a progress animation. My apologies.
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