Long Running Newspaper Comic Pulled After Last Week’s Vulgar Strip

February 13, 2019
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The artist of a well-published newspaper comic strip is receiving a lot of backlash this week after submitting a comic strip with vulgar language.

Wiley Miller, the comic’s author, submitted a piece that was published in many newspapers.

According to The Washington Post,

At first glance, Sunday’s “Non Sequitur” comic strip just showed bears dressed up like Leonardo da Vinci. The syndicated strip opens with Bear-Vinci holding a picture of a Virtruvian Bear. It ends with the ursine artist painting a Mona Lisa, who is also, you guessed it, a bear. They are all characters in the “Bearaissance,” and the format invites readers to color in the drawings.

But much like Leonardo himself, Wiley Miller, whose work often tackles politics and has occasionally drawn controversy, inserted a secret message into his latest work. Hidden at the bottom right corner of the second panel, beneath a drawing of the Italian inventor’s flying machine, a semi-legible scribble appeared to read, “Go f— yourself Trump.”

Here is the image of the Non Sequitur comic strip.
With the oh-so clever Trump insult.

Since the publication of the comic strip Sunday, many newspapers have dropped the comic strip altogether. There have been at least 12 newspapers which have already dropped the comic because of this little stunt.

The Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson said that Miller went “around his editors and even his own syndicate to publish something he must have known we wouldn’t accept.”

He then added, “We’ll have no trouble finding a better way to spend the $8,000 we would’ve paid for that strip.”

On Sunday he tweeted, “Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?”

The tweet has since been deleted.

The little “Easter egg” as he called it has also been removed from online publications like Go Comics.

Miller who openly criticizes President Trump on his Twitter page has not apologized and from what we gather, he doesn’t intend to. He did say the following though about his comic:

“When I opened the paper Sunday morning and read my cartoon, I didn’t think anything of it, as I didn’t notice the scribbling that has now caught fire. It was not intended for public consumption, and I meant to white it out before submitting it, but forgot to. Had I intended to make a statement to be understood by the readers, I would have done so in a more subtle, sophisticated manner.”

The strip has been running for 27 years. I used to read it in fact. But I’m sure something better will take it’s place.

 

Photo Credit: Jesse! S?

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