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Amongst the Liberal Elite: The Road Trip Exploring Societal Inequities Solidified by Trump (RESIST)

Lonon, Elly (text) & & others (illus.). PowerHouse. Oct. 2018. 156p. ISBN 9781576879054. $19.95. SATIRE/HUMOR
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OrangeReviewStarImagine the most cringe-worthy characters on IFC's Portlandia, and you've got an approximation of Alexandra and Michael, the detestable protagonists of this gleefully self-mocking graphic travelog. Devastated and disoriented by the 2016 presidential election, Alex and Michael pack their yoga mats and long-suffering cat into a VW camper and head toward the center of the country in search of the World's Largest Frying Pan, hoping to mingle with red state commoners along the way and gain insight into what, exactly, happened. Originally appearing in Lonon's column of the same name on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Alex and Michael's expanded print adventures don't add much depth to their characters, despite pitch-perfect illustrations by Reilly (coeditor, The Big Feminist BUT: Comics About the IFs, ANDs, & BUTs of Feminism). By the time the couple's VW reaches its destination, readers will wish the woke folk would check their privilege and hush up already.
VERDICT Conservative-leaning readers may enjoy laughing at Alex and Michael—the very picture of everything the right loathes about the left—and liberal-tending ones will sympathize with their plight to make sense of the political landscape. Suitable for adult collections.

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