Appearing in a Comic Strip While Black

Something as innocuous as Hillary and Duncan going to a school dance together in the Sally Forth comic strip seems to be riling up certain readers.

With comments like, “…having Hillary going with a black kid to the prom was too much for me. I guess you are trying to make some kind of statement or something but again this is a Comic Strip. Please stop trying to teach life lessons and get back to something I can laugh about.” And before this strip even came out, “I hope you are not going to get Hillary into an interracial affair. If so then I will boycott your comic strip.”

Suffice it to say that comic strips aren’t “For Whites Only.” That this has to be even stated in 2018 seems surreal to me.

And yet it reminds me of the statement by historian Barbara Fields at the end of the Ken Burns documentary the Civil War: “the Civil War is still going on. It’s still to be fought and regrettably it can still be lost.”

-Jim Keefe

About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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2 Responses to Appearing in a Comic Strip While Black

  1. Jim, you could only imagine some of the “fan” mail CURTIS has received for two decades.

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