I’m not really much of a caricaturist, but I feel like I had to say something about the current state of things. As you may have heard, at least two of the three branches of the U.S. government have been infected by white nationalists. The Executive branch is now the mouthpiece of blatant bigotry and rapacious billionaires, and the majority of our elected representatives in Congress, our Legislative branch, appear to be complacent in the scheme. Political discourse in the United States is no longer confined to doctrinal trivialities like what percentage of the gas tax should be allocated for subsidizing veterans’ health care, but whether immigrants, regardless of legal status, are permitted in the country. Indeed, even American-born citizens are getting detained. It feels like it’s only a matter of time before someone at the White House starts to suggest that a militia (probably called the “Patriot Watch” or something ominously nationalistic) be given official powers to begin policing their local populace. Stand against this, dear readers. Stand against it at every step. Do not yield an inch. We live in the 21st century now, not the 19th– let us move toward the future, not the petty imperialism of the past.

In other news, you may have noticed the Tyranny of Pants has been somewhat fallow for the last year. Sorry about that! My work schedule at the day job became somewhat more demanding, and I was getting too stressed out trying to make the comic every week, since it seemed like I could barely manage to make it with the limited time I had available. But, I was still working on stuff. I’ve got a great many ideas percolating for some longer-form projects more akin to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (which I’m trying now to get published), and I’ve also been working on a not-yet-fully-revealed project that I hope to have print-ready by this summer. I’ve been busy in my seeming absence! So, I can’t exactly say that the Tyranny of Pants is “back” and off hiatus, but I think you’ll start seeing things pop up here from time to time if they don’t fit into some other endeavor I have going on backstage.