Friday, June 22, 2007
Abridgement of Free Speech
My first thought in attempting to interpret this is to question whether it is the man or the hat that's talking (the position of the balloon's tail is ambiguous). Moving on past that, we see a word balloon under siege,(from a lobster and an archer-less bow and arrow) already having suffered injuries that have been bandaged, though leakage of air (?) is forming separate balloons expressing their distress (though the primary message remains a friendly greeting). Actually, on further inspection, I think it's possible that what I initially perceived as a plumed hat is instead a catapult, which would account for the lowest bandage and the flying rocks. A strangely metatextual work of allegory, indeed.
And as long as we're talking about comics and free speech, it might be a good time to point out that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a lot on their plate right now, and could use all the help they can get. As a currently-unindicted comics retailer in the state of Georgia, I'm kinda taking a particular interest in their current case.