The Maine Campus
A four-panel black and white comic strip drawn and authored by Tom Higgins expressing ethnic, black male stereotypes.
Panel one: In the foreground is one of the usual white, men characters. The man has a long, rectangular nose and long, flat-top hair style. A speech bubble over his head says, "Hey man, did you get th' stuff?" He is looking in the direction of a black man wearing a striped Zoot suit and black fedora who has opened a door and is walking into the room, toward the white character. The black character is drawn as if he is wearing black face make-up, with a dark face and large, outlined white lips. A cigarette dangles from his lips as he responds, "Yep!"
Panel two shows the black man standing beside a round table, beside the white man. He is still depicted as if wearing black face, the burning cigarette dangling from his white, outlined mouth. The black man is depicted with a pug nose and wearing dark sunglasses with a star burst in the lenses. The white man in profile, seated at a round table. On the table is a baggie containing an indistinct dark substance, two rolled joints. The white man is holding a glass water bong and a lighter and looks toward the black man, standing beside the table. A speech bubble over the white man's head says, "So, is it any good?"
Panel three shows a speech buttle over the black man's head that sayd, "Sure,...it's Asbestos!" The white man's face is pained and a smoke cloud bursts from his mouth with the words, "Choke. Choke." His eyes tightly closed and fingers clenched is a spasm, he asks, "What!?!" followed by two exclamation marks framing a question mark.
Panel four shows half of the black man's face, as he walks away from the table to leave the scene. The dark fedora is now obviously fuzzy. His sunglasses feature a clear starburst reflection of light. A smile marks his large, outlined white mouth as a cigarette is apparently clenched in his teeth. A speech bubble over his head reads: " It's as best 'os I could do!"
In the background, the white man is still seated at the table with an angry scowl on his face and three squiggly lines over his head indicating that he is "steamed."
Higgins, Tom, "Screwballs comic: "Toke n' Choke"" (1987). Social Justice: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. 742.
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