Short of the Week

Get Your War On

The cult-fave comic strip brings its biting political satire to the web in bite-sized installments.

The US presidential election is near and politics is in the air, on our minds, and on our tongues. Every day new polls and accusations fill the digital air waves, the candidates’ responses are analyzed, and then the analysis itself is criticized to fuel new accusations. It’s a cannibalistic rhythm that Kaufman would enjoy. Who sustains it all? We do—with our eyeballs. And I’m pleased to feed the beast by offering the cynical, comedic, and politically-incorrect web series, Get Your War On.

Born from the ashes of the 9/11 attacks, Get Your War On began as an online comic strip that soon gained cult status in discussion forums. This past summer, the comic was developed into an animated web series. It’s the classic mix of popular politics and comedy delivered in a brash conversational style. In each episode, two corporate bees (accounts payable and accounts receivable) take a few moments out of their day to openly discuss and mock the political topics of the day.

A good GYWO episode to start with is The Watch List—it is the the first episode and displays the characters getting caught up in their own words, setting the tone for the rest of the series. Another “must-see” —The Surge, looks past all the political rhetoric and presents the question on many baffled minds, “What exactly was ‘the surge’?”

Stylistically,the animation follows closely the online comic with its simple, single-color line-drawings that read like a corporate brochure from the 80s. The minimalist approach downplays the visual candy many are accustomed to, and its staid appearance only heightens the outrageous dialogue. In fact, it’s all dialogue with almost no action—the two pace back and forth on the phone.

GYWO is syndicated on the comedy site 23/6 with new episodes released each week.

Watch Get Your War On online at: 23/6

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Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.