Pat Moriarity is another one of my blasphemous cartoonist pals I ran into at this year’s Alternative Press Expo. Pat and I were roomies at the notorious “Green House” in Seattle, an unassuming structure that housed many of the city’s inkslingers during the nineties. It was located in the Ballard neighborhood, just a short drive from downtown to the south or Puget Sound to the west.
Patrick was just starting his comics career when I moved in. He had secured a job with Fantagraphics Books as a graphics designer, which gave him access to some of the giants in our industry. His first comic, You and Your Big Mouth, featured stories written by R. Crumb, Charles Bukowski, Burne Hogarth, (illustrator of Tarzan and author of volumes of how-to art books) recording artist Henry Rollins and other lesser known characters. Pat illustrated the stories in his own unique style.
In the above sample from his story “Change You Can Believe In”, Pat wades into the muddy waters of climate politics. Without endorsing one side or the other, he presents the arguments pro and con and allows readers to decide for themselves. This has become the ultimate heresy from the warmer perspective. Just last week, the LA Times announced that they would no longer publish “denier” letters to the editor. Further debate is verboten.