Thanks to Andrei Molotiu of Abstract Comics making me aware of this site. Not that I’m very familiar with some of the American political references, but I was quite impressed with a few of the entries. Chris Duffy’s July 4th Project is an “art blog featuring variations by many cartoonists on the notion of the patriotic, all-American superhero.” It appears they accept submissions too, which is great. The entries are primarily pictures of the above theme with a short origin. Most are witty, and more than a few are laugh out loud funny. Molotiu has two recent entries – The Star Spangled Badger and Rockets Redglare whose “power only falters when her adversaries turn out to be reasonable, responsible adults; but, since most of them are men, this rarely ever happens.”
Other highlights are Redneck-Dude Man by Amanda Geisinger, who is described thusly:
After a quick change in the outhouse, mild mannered Bubba becomes our mulleted hero, Redneck-Dude-Man—ready to fight for everyone’s god-given right to have Christmas lights on their porch in June, an armory in their basement, and a refrigerator on their front lawn.
and I have to mention Jef Czekaj’s The Second Amendment which focuses on a 10 year old boy and a bear who swapped appendages. This is how Czekaj describes the concept:
Young Nathan R. Armstrong has invented a teleportation device, which he plans to demonstrate at his school’s Science Fair. Unfortunately, as he enters the teleporter, a bear enters the school (it’s a long story) and sneaks into the device. The two emerge from the teleporter seemingly unharmed, but with a bizarre mix-up: N.R. Armstrong now has the arms of a bear, and the bear is left with puny 10-year-old human arms.
Frustrated by his disfigurement (and the fact that he didn’t win the Science Fair), Nathan turns to a life of crime under the name The Second Amendment. His side-kick, the bear he has named Winnie the Goon, can’t really do much with his little arms, but he sure looks weird.
For more of this patriotic craziness, visit the official site.