This is the complete archive for the legendary alternative political comic strip Sidewalk Bubblegum. Started in 1993 and retired in 2001, Clay Butler’s self-syndicated weekly political cartoon, Sidewalk Bubblegum, has been seen in hundreds of magazines, books, and zines including Z Magazine, Playboy, Funny Times, Comic Relief, Creative Loafing, Metro Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Sentinel and Finland’s largest Swedish-language daily newspaper, the HUFVUDSTADSBLADET.
Eschewing the typical gag format and avoiding topical references Clay Butler focused on the issues behind the issues. Even though the first strips were penned nearly seventeen years ago, they often read as if they were created today. Some were truly prophetic as the messages and issues Clay put forth began to hit us full force nearly a decade or more later, while others capture a moment in time, a way of thinking, a burst of lunacy that typify a uniquely American way of being.
Freely jumping from the past, to the present, and into the future, Clay uses juxtaposition and irony to remind us that were are not as free from our most sordid past as we’d like to think.
Clay Butler also chose to write this introduction in third person so he could toot his own horn without coming across as a complete douche. Hey, someones got to do it.
How to Use This Site
I’ve organized this site by chronological order of creation and by topic. If you want to take the full journey start with Archive 1993 on the bottom right navigation. If you want to browse by topic choose any from the category menu. Note that many strips fall in multiple categories so you will see the same ones pop up from time to time.
The American Culture and Politics category is somewhat of a catch-all for strips that are either to weird to fit anywhere else, or more often, say something about our culture, our way of thinking and our identity as Americans.
I also have the entire Sidewalk Bubblegum collection available as a FREE eBook download, a FREE Sidewalk Bubblegum comic font that you can download and use with any graphics or office program and a nice comic strip tutorial.
Creator of Sidewalk Bubblegum
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