I’m not sure how much I want to comment on our current run of PvP strips, or if I want to comment on them at all. I’d prefer to let the work speak for itself.
I can’t talk much about recent events and the state of things in our country because if I’m talking I’m not listening, and it’s time to listen. I’m a straight, white, middle-class male who has always been privileged with societal acceptance and the benefit of the doubt. A friend recently reminded me that I’m “running out of wiggle room to deny other people’s truth.” It’s time to listen.
So I can’t write about what it’s like to be gay in America right now, because I don’t know. I don’t live that truth. But I can write about waking up to the realization that I’m a privileged member of a society that is systematically racist, and homophobic, and sexist. PvP has been around for eighteen years and in that time the comic strip has seen all kinds of crazy things. But yesterday was the first time it saw two men kissing. Why is that? Because I still have much to learn, and we can’t learn if we’re talking, so I’m listening.