Artcow Christine Deneweth - “””cartoonist”””, furry, skitzo, writes poor social justice and generic relatable comics

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According to Everyday Feminism’s Facebook page,
Christine Deneweth is a queer cartoonist and artist living in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was cartoonist for Eastern Michigan University’s newspaper the Eastern Echo. She graduated from Eastern with a BFA.

Christine Deneweth writes two different series of comics,
Deneweth has two different art styles for her series, both are very sloppy and poor, with LBBTP being somewhat better.

LBBTP:
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EF:
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There’s not much for me to say about LBBTP. As I already mentioned, it’s just a generic attempt at relatable humor. However, the stuff she draws for Everyday Feminism is another story.

If you ever wondered what Assigned Male would be like if it were drawn in MS Paint and had even less actual art, Christine Deneweth’s comics are exactly that. Sometimes panels have no illustrations and only text, or just one or two characters speaking over a simple background.
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One "comic" she made has only the same re-drawn expression and panels of nothing but text; she even forgot to color in the character’s skin sometimes.
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Deneweth also has schizophrenia, she has written several comics of how her self-insert deals with it.

I’m going to go over some of these comics and show what’s wrong with them.

Having a Mental Disorder is Not Trendy
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This is actually very agreeable. We all remember when made-up mental illnesses were a big thing on tumblr. It actually is a problem when people try to normalize mental illness into some kind of gam-
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Oh.

While that third panel is good advice, I don’t see what’s so important about memes. In fact, isn’t being able to relate to someone/something a good thing? Even though one may not have the mental illness, they can at least see where one is coming from, instead of just thinking they're weird or messed up.
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“Socially awkward” isn’t even a psychological term. You can be socially awkward without having social anxiety, so her made-up example is completely irrelevant. On another note, is the reader supposed to feel bad for a fictional character who we only see in this one panel?
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A friend of mine stated well in response to this, “I haven’t had access to medication for most of my life so far, I think how other people speak is the very least of my problems.” If Deneweth cares to actually help ill people (which she probably doesn’t), she should be looking into better ways for the mentally ill to get diagnosed and medicated.

Here’s What It Really Means to Be a Furry
I'm going to skip through this comic.
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Those people actually aren't wrong about the furry stereotypes. As much as some furries don't want to admit it, furries usually get into the fandom through sexual attraction to anthropomorphic or cartoon animals. And when you have dogfuckers who get a lot of enabling and support, one has a very good reason to assume the furry fandom is not as safe and family-friendly as Christine and others want it to look like.
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My biggest issue with this comic is that Deneweth completely ignores the rightful criticisms of the fandom, and pretends that the furry fandom as a whole is a safe and friendly space when it’s clearly not. Her art is also abhorrent here, and her drawing of Courage the Cowardly Dog is clearly traced.
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My Mental Disorder Is My Identity - So Please Stop Policing My Language Choices
Obviously, the first thing one will notice is how the first comic I mentioned in this thread was policing others for their language choices, thus making the entire point here hypocritical at best, but beyond that, this comic easily has some of the worst art of the bunch.
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While the message here is again limited to Christine’s anger over what’s a minor issue at best, notice the serious lack of artistic skill in this comic. The fuck is going on with his hand in panels 7 and 8? He’s apparently being attacked by the claw.
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This panel illustrates how nitpicky this supposed issue really is, they’re “reclaiming” the word from nobody in particular and in a way that’s not even grammatically correct. Why would someone be an “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Person”?
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Another wall of text, we’re getting into broken record territory here with the criticism so I’d only like to point out that he’s for some reason “proud” of having schizophrenia, which is very odd. While someone would certainly be happy about being diagnosed, it’s weird to be proud of your disabilities. I would imagine a person would prefer to keep their medical problems between people they trust.

8 Misconceptions About Autism Debunked
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This comic was written in March of 2016, the first misconception died at least a decade ago, so it’s pointless to bring it up here.

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While it is true that some high-functioning autistic people would be fine with not being cured, since it may have benefited them, searching for a cure in itself is not offensive. I am sure the low-functioning autists would be more than happy to be cured. It should be noted that Christine probably doesn’t even think that high and low functioning autism exist, as shown later on in this comic.

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Who says this?

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Even if you stop saying “low functioning”, the level that an autistic person is at is going to be pretty obvious. Someone who can’t even talk is not going to be seen as a very functional member of society, regardless of what words you use to describe them.

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Christine is literally advocating here for neglecting somebody’s disability and not helping them become functioning members of society, just so they don’t have to feel like they are wrong or abnormal.

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This misconception has nothing to do with autism itself, but to do with social justice advocacy and allies. It’s irrelevant to the comic.

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It’s actually really hard to get to know an autistic people when they aren’t taught how to communicate or function correctly, you know.

Overall, Christine's work is very short-sided, poorly drawn, and regressive. Considering that she is still on Everyday Feminism's payroll (or maybe lack thereof), we should be seeing more MS Paint abominations from her in the future.
 

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Her art is shit and incredibly exploitable, it's a shame the content is so bland a lot of the time because this has some real meme potential here.

She's got a kid's book for sale now, about mental disorders because of course it is. I'm tempted to get a copy but I'm not gonna pay $20 for this level of quality lol.
 

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You don't deserve to be called a "cartoonist" if your art looks like that as a fully grown adult and you never attempt to improve. Pelswick looks better than these comics, and that was made by a fucking drunk cripple who constantly made fun of himself, including his own art.

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seriously what the fuck

Also I'm not seeing much cow-like behavior here. Any cases of her lashing out at people or censoring feedback on her horrible art? I see cow potential but I'm not completely sure where else we could take this besides insulting her art.
 
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Ugh this person. Her art is terrible but I wasn't sure if she was lolcow material but I guess if you see her comics as powerleveling, she is.

Her furry comic is especially damning because EF eviscerates anyother subculture but furries get a pass?! Really. The same subculture that encompasses cub porn and rape fetish. 100% progressive there.

That comic is what tipped EF into a lol page for me.
 

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For now, what comes to my minds are two things: I hope, no one paid her for that shit, that is pretty often not even a cartoon. And, shit like this is the result, when you employ someone solely based on how many boxes on the oppression scala they match, and not on the basis of their competencies as a cartoonist. But well hopefully they simply took her, because she didn't cost anything.
 

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This whole comic is just distilled autism. I feel sorry for her if she genuinely thinks this is how you do cartoons - it's like what you'd expect someone to do in an art therapy class or something.

It's sad, because even if she's wrong about a lot of things, she seems genuinely well-meaning about trying to inform the world about the problems of the mentally ill. Of course, her art's being published by a bunch of SJWs who make a virtue of not giving anyone credit for being well-meaning, which is ironic.

And that fursona's got the scariest, dead-est eyes of any drawing I've seen. If that isn't exploitable, nothing is.
 

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Also I'm not seeing much cow-like behavior here. Any cases of her lashing out at people or censoring feedback on her horrible art? I see cow potential but I'm not completely sure where else we could take this besides insulting her art.
Isn't that what the "artcow" tag is, though? They're simply an artist who makes laughably bad or exceptional art, and that's what they're followed for. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I take from the title
 

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Isn't that what the "artcow" tag is, though? They're simply an artist who makes laughably bad or exceptional art, and that's what they're followed for. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I take from the title

Well this one has bad art in spades so I think she falls under being an artcow. Especially with comics that state "mental disorders aren't trendy" followed with " my mental disorder is my identity" :story:
 

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This is the comic that introduced me to Christine Deneweth, even Ian Miles Cheong and his followers joined in on making fun of it.

The Misadventures of Light-Skinned Lexi: A Story About Colorist Microaggressions

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We get a useless backstory to our characters for some reason. There isn't a real reason for it, it's just an attempt to make this look like a real comic.

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So basically, because Lexi acknowledged her and her friend's different races in a compliment, she's being racist (or "colorist" here, whatever that is). Because they need to find a problem somewhere, I guess.

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Was this supposed to be a sweet moment? To me, it feels like Jaz is abusing Lexi for her allyship, and Lexi is a cuck with no backbone.

You can tell Deneweth has never experienced any real racism throughout her life, as she really likes to call only innocent uses of terminologies "harmful".
 

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This is the comic that introduced me to Christine Deneweth, even Ian Miles Cheong and his followers joined in on making fun of it.

The Misadventures of Light-Skinned Lexi: A Story About Colorist Microaggressions

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We get a useless backstory to our characters for some reason. There isn't a real reason for it, it's just an attempt to make this look like a real comic.

Misadventures-2.jpg

Misadventures-3.jpg

Misadventures-4.jpg

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So basically, because Lexi acknowledged her and her friend's different races in a compliment, she's being racist (or "colorist" here, whatever that is). Because they need to find a problem somewhere, I guess.

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Was this supposed to be a sweet moment? To me, it feels like Jaz is abusing Lexi for her allyship, and Lexi is a cuck with no backbone.

You can tell Deneweth has never experienced any real racism throughout her life, as she really likes to call only innocent uses of terminologies "harmful".
This comic is so petty lmao. Saying someone is similar to you but with darker skin wouldn't imply that people with dark skin are worse unless you're a huge asshole or idiot, but I guess come to think of it, if I knew Christine irl I wouldn't want to be compared to her either.
 

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