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An Honest, Brilliant Comic On How We Don’t Have The Same Opportunities In Life
By Valerie Chang, 27 May 2015
Auckland-based illustrator Toby Morris has come up with a comic strip that perfectly depicts the class differences in society.
Titled ‘The Pencilsword: On A Plate’, the illustrations are an honest look at how our backgrounds play a difference in the opportunities we receive and how this might result in our different social standings in society.
The comic also forces one to see that sometimes individuals do not belong at the extreme end of the class spectrum because they did not work hard enough or did not possess the right mentality. It might be due to the lack of chances present, as summed up simply and brilliantly by Morris.
In a statement, Morris wrote: “I’ve seen people misinterpreting the piece and reading into it that I’m saying ‘race doesn’t play a part’ or ‘gender doesn’t play a part’ but that wasn’t my intention at all.”
“I think the assumptions we make about people, and people make about us, play a massive part. There are all sorts of advantages or disadvantages we face based on our race and gender (and our religion, our sexuality etc) but those are big topics to jump into another day.”
“[…] I’ve got friends who are Richards and friends who are Paulas, and what I’m finding is that the reaction and reception to the story affirms what I was trying to say in the piece all along: In the end we’re all the same, we just don’t always have same chances in life.”
Nevertheless, it is heartening to remember that at the end of the day, while we can’t choose the lives we are born in, we can decide how to make the best out of it.
Check out the comic in its entirety here.
[via Toby Morris]
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