I'll admit to the occasional forced chuckle when I read the weekly “Molton” cartoon. Usually I'm laughing because the artist has attacked a social or political demographic with which I disagree with an awkward, amateurish version of middle school humor.
How different it felt when I opened the Jan. 30 Mountain Xpress to find, this time, Molton was attacking me. The panel, seemingly depicting two gun-toting, obese, gap-toothed simpletons, may indeed be how Molton views America's estimated 13.7 million hunters (2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey), but it exemplifies the dangers we so frequently repeat regarding broad generalizations and stereotypes.
I'll remember that the next time he has a go at the conservatives, the religious faithful, members of law enforcement or whoever else he casts his broad and indiscriminate pen stroke against.
In the meantime, I'm working on a cartoon of my own; it's about a dude in a basement, wearing stained pajama bottoms and a T-shirt, working on a cartoon only his mom will think is funny (because he still lives with her), as he tries once again to find a publisher who will syndicate his tragically lame life's work. Whadda ya think, Xpress? Have I got a winner?
— Jamie Cameron