"diane," 2017: thirty percent
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Overall description: This comic is almost completely borderless, so images and text sit next to each other without distinguishing barriers and sometimes overlap. All images are of a white transwoman, "Diane" (her name and appearance have been modified at her request in order to protect her identity) dressed simply in black and sitting in a black swivel chair with one leg crossed over the other, shown from roughly the knees up. She wears glasses and has long, wavy, dark hair and prominent dimples. Text is handwritten in mixed cases with emphasis shown through cursive and is generally presented without speech bubbles. Images are black and white, with clothes and hair inked with a brush and face and hands rendered more delicately with a nib pen.
1.1: So one thing that I've struggled with since - and before - the election, but especially since, is that I have a good friend who was a Donald Trump supporter. [sitting with hands folded in lap, looking distressed]
I mean, I knew she was a Republican, and that was fine, but in my mind... There's, like, 'be a Republican'... - And then there's - 'being a Donald Trump supporter.' [gesturing with her right arm, which is shown in two poses: out at an angle with the palm to the viewer and raised with the palm curved in toward herself]
[right arm out at an angle with palm toward the viewer, left hand palm up in her lap with fingers spread] 'Cause my dad is, like, pretty Conservative, but he's not a Trump supporter. He did not vote for Trump.
1.2: And so, *sigh* it's... [closeup of Diane's face and right hand, which is touching her chin. Her eyes are heavy lidded and her mouth is open. She looks frustrated and tired]
It's hard to kind of separate the support for Donald Trump... [gesturing with both hands, which is shown in two overlapping poses: hands spread far apart and hands together in front of her torso with the palms touching] from the person.
1.3: Because I like this person, you know? I've been friends with her a long time, and... [smiling tensely and leaning to the right with her palms held out toward the viewer] I don't... [looking distressed, arms held out to her left with palms open and extended toward the viewer] It's, like, hard to accept somebody who's so filled with hate that she can support someone like that.
1.4: And I think for some Trump supporters - (And I don't want to come off as sounding condescending or anything like that) - but there's almost a cult-like devotion to Donald Trump that's... [hands in lap, left hand visible with palm up, face withdrawn] ...kind of frightening!
Um, I mean, it's like a... Percentage-wise, it's definitely under 50%, I don't know. [closeup of face and hands. Hands are showing open palms and partially spread fingers toward the viewer, face is open-mouthed in speech and showing distress] There's like, some number, like, "30%" of his supporters will follow him to their death.
2.1: And I don't know if she's necessarily in that "30%" but it does raise the question, [head tipped to the right and resting against the fingers of her raised right hand. Left hand is on her knee] what do we do with that "30%"? [leaning with her weight on her right elbow on the arm rest, head tipped back slightly, gesturing with both hands] Because these are ostensibly our family, our fa-uh, friends, neighbors, [hands quietly gesturing in her lap, looking toward the viewer with an intensely upset expression] people that we see every day.
2.2: And so... It, I think, it's made me question our national identity in a way that I never have before. [closeup on her head and hands. Her head is resting against her right hand's curled fingers and her left hand is resting on her upper chest. Her expression is upset and resigned]
Like, maybe we're just a bunch of shitty people, or... [hands raised palms up, shoulders shrugged, eyebrows raised, mouth in an uncomfortably twisted line] like, I mean...
2.3: And maybe that's true of a lot of places, and... it's just they haven't had a Donald Trump figure. [leaning to the right, picking at her left pinky with her right hand, looking quietly upset]
I mean, I guess the Philippines has a similar person. [leaning her cheek against her raised right hand's curled fingers, gesturing with her left hand]
Like, right-wing movements are gaining traction in Europe... [similar body position, fingers of left hand clasping at her pants leg, head tipped back slightly, expression disappointed and a bit disgusted]
2.4: So it might be a more global phenomenon, but... [smiling tiredly, left hand resting on her knee and right hand gesturing with fingers partly curled] America has to do things the loudest, and we're doing it pretty loud!