I love that David Willis spends time combating rape culture, promoting sex positivity, making comics with queer characters—Ethan, the protagonist of Shortpacked! is gay—and refusing to let his politics overwhelm what he’s really making: funny, solid, usually lighthearted comics. Partly because he knows he’s an ally, and his voice shouldn’t be the center of these political conversations. And he’s really talented, and oh man, basically just, David Willis appreciation post.
Anyway, this comic pinpoints something that’s important and doesn’t get talked about enough.
So yeah, if you’re a queer geek and/or a feminist geek I really recommend this guy’s work.
Sometimes amidst all this praise, I remember I’m still partly that little mal-educated fundie boy from backwater Indiana, and I worry I’ve raised everyone’s expectations regarding my Progressiveness unreasonably high. WHAT IF I SCREW UP???
If I’d drawn sexist jerk comics all these years, nobody’d expect anything from me! But now I’m trapped. TRAAAAPPED.