This cartoon appeared in the April 2009 Dollars and Sense magazine (an actual economics magazine), written and penciled by Charles M. Schulz Award winning political cartoonist Barry Deutsch (that's me), and inked by illustrator and cartoonist Bill Mudron. The cartoon features characters from Star Wars (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and the Emperor), drawn as muppets, arguing about how to pay for Luke's prosthetic hand. One panel also includes a tiny caricature of Christopher Eccleston as Dr. Who.
Since this cartoon is about paying for health care, I thought it would be neat to use it to help pay for someone's health care. Internet searching connected me with Connie Parrott, who is trying to raise money to pay for her type I diabetes equipment by asking people on the internet. After getting Connie's permission, I eventually drew the strip, with help from the awesome Bill Mudron, who unlike me can draw that goddamn weird-ass helmet Darth Vader wears.
Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, and my talk was about how the people who founded the web with the idea of having an open, decentralized system ended up building a system that is increasingly monopolized by a few companies — and how we can prevent the same things from happening next time.
In May, Facebook division Oculus broke its longstanding promise not to use DRM to limit its customers’ choices, deploying a system that prevented Oculus customers from porting the software they’d purchased to run on non-Oculus hardware.
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