Well, it's only taken me four years to keep my word and address this issue, so I must be getting quicker. Back in 2015, I wrote a post called 'Prodding A Troll', wherein I took to task someone who had accused me of being a, er... 'troll'. This was from a total @rsehole whom I'd never met or interacted with, on behalf of one of his pals who seemingly wasn't interested in doing it himself. The accuser said I'd made his friend's life a misery with my constant snarking. Said 'constant snarking' consisted of me objecting to his pal spreading lies about me on his blog and Twitter site (and those of others) and addressing, on my own blog, his misrepresentations and outright distortions about me. Why anyone would object to me merely defending myself against misinformation puzzles me, but there are some strange people out there.
Well, the good news is that I recently rediscovered my ICJ issues and can now back up what I say. First of all, though, read and examine the comic strip which heads this post. Certainly not in LEO BAXENDALE's or KEN REID's class, and a bit '60s in appearance, it's nevertheless a competently drawn little strip. (Though I would think that, wouldn't I?) What mainly lets it down is the colouring, and that's made even worse by this example being scanned from the back page of the published issue, which reproduces the colours more poorly than my original efforts. (I anticipated this would be the case, which is why I added the footnote at the bottom of the strip.)
Okay, so we're all agreed that Kevin isn't (and never was) going to earn me the 'Cartoonist of the Year' award (if there is such a thing), but I'd hazard a guess that it's far from the worst job any of us have ever seen in a published periodical (or am I being too presumptuous?). Is it funny though? It's about as funny (or not) as the standard fare appearing in any IPC or DCT title at the time, so I'd say it has to be judged in that context. I wrote an accompanying cover piece about the strip, the pertinent part of which I have reproduced below. (Click to enlarge. In some instances, you'll need to click again for optimum size.)
Anyway, let's see what the response to it was in the following issue of the ICJ. Incidentally, any spelling mistakes or missing punctuation in any of these scans are not mine, but those of the editor, who retyped the material for publication.
I decided to explain the reasons why I had taken the approach I did, and thought that we might get an interesting discussion going among the readers. I really don't think it fits the description of a 'howl of insulting protest', but you can make up your own minds.