The Controversial Non Sequitur Muhammad Comic Strip October 3, 2010

The Controversial Non Sequitur Muhammad Comic Strip

Here’s Wiley Miller‘s “controversial” Non Sequitur comic strip which you may not be seeing in your local newspaper today.

Harmless. Inoffensive. Not a big deal.

Anyone who overreacts to this is crazy. No editor should be caving in and banning this strip out of fear of the lunatics.


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  • gander

    Non Sequitor is a hidden treasure. One of my favorites, though recently. Are they relatively new? I’ve been into it for about 5 or 6 years.

  • he’s too hard to find for the kiddies 🙁

  • This is ridiculous. Basically, you cannot even mention Mohammad anymore. Besides, do you know how many Mohammad’s there are?

  • Ben

    It’s frackin’brilliant! Still LMAO.

  • Claudia

    I think I can’t improve on what the cartoonist himself said that you posted below:

    “[T]he irony of editors being afraid to run even such a tame cartoon as this that satirizes the blinding fear in media regarding anything surrounding Islam sadly speaks for itself. Indeed, the terrorists have won

    In this particular case, I think you have to blame cowardly editors almost more than the extremists themselves.

  • I hope he doesn’t have to go into hiding.

  • Liz

    Clearly, it’s the hippo.

  • Venture Free

    I wonder if maybe some of the editors that have refused to run the comic are just worried that Muhammad actually is in the picture somewhere and they’re just not clever enough to find him.

    Edit: My wife suggests that since no one has every actually seen Muhammad we can’t be certain that he isn’t in the picture. Anyone in there might be him. Therefore it must be assumed that he is.

  • Claudia

    You fools! Obviously Mohammad is in the outhouse! Probably doing a number 2 too, just to be more offensive! 😉

  • Ha ha! That’s hilarious.

    I’m not sure it’s even about being afraid of Muslims anymore. Pulling Muhammad-related cartoons seems to have become a social meme.

    Which still doesn’t help.

  • MathMike

    I found him! He’s buying his wife an ice cream!

  • I found him! He’s buying his wife an ice cream!

    Yes, he prefers red-heads.

  • MH

    I like the giraffe eating the ice cream.

    Funny comic and a most excellent way to prove a point. The next logical step will be to hold “Don’t burn a Koran day” and see if anyone asks you to call it off.

  • Ubi Dubium

    The Washington Post today ran a rerun from 2006. (One of his “Obvious Man” strips). The Washington Post caved! That’s sad. What are newspapers coming to?

  • Kayla

    The Washington Post published it.

  • I don’t see many time heavyweight champion Muhammed Ali anywhere in that picture…

  • Carlie

    It’s in the WaPo online here. Was it different in the print version?

  • Jude

    That is a cute cartoon.

  • Suzanne

    The Winnipeg Free Press published it.. Canada’s not caving! Whoo!

  • Tyler

    Muhammad is the dog walking the man. Don’t you get it? It’s clearly symbolism for something silly that leads its followers, who should be much smarter, way too easily into compromising positions.

    Or am I reading too much into this?

  • Skippy

    Mine also ran the “Obvious Man” strip – “The News-Journal”, Orlando, FL.

  • Mike O’Brien

    Sacramento Bee, Sacramento CA, also ran the Obviousman strip.
    Cowardly, I should call them on it.

  • Lena

    The Los Angeles Times also ran the “Obvious Man” strip.

  • Ubi Dubium

    The Washington Post only ran it online, the print edition was “Obvious Man”.

  • I could see how this could be offensive to some, but it is harmless… I laughed.

  • Nakor

    Tyler has it right. Don’t you all remember how this began? The comic that started it all? Clearly once again Muhammad is the dog in honour of that.

    I’m not sure if any of the papers around here even run Non Sequitur to begin with. I never bother with newspapers. 😛

  • ed

    on author’s page on gocomics, one comment mention this;
    Ron said, about 3 hours ago
    Hmmm… safest way to not show Muhammad in a comic strip I’ve ever not seen not show Muhammad…
    Ah Hah! I get it!
    Muhammad – not Mohammed!
    Weasely way out of this one, Miller…

    then author replied;
    Wiley said, about 3 hours ago
    That was the joke, Ron, which makes it so ironic that editors were afraid to run it.

  • Mike

    As others have already state, Washington Post was a little bi-polar here… Print version was a strip from 2006. Online version was “Find Muhammad”.

    I was the first to comment on there online explanation of the decision. Bottom line for me was that they are going to fear retribution over such an innocuous comic strip, how can I trust them to cover real stories of importance that might offend someone “scary.”

    I will be canceling my subscription on Monday.

  • Secular Stu

    From a commenter on reddit: “Found. Spoiler: He’s buying his wife an ice cream.”

  • Dean

    People do know what Muhammed looks like (as far as illustration goes) because the ban on depicting Muhammed is a new thing.

    If you look at ancient middle eastern art, there are a lot of depictions of Muhammed.

    Thus rendering this prohibition of cartoonists even more ridiculous.

  • Staceyjw

    No, he shouldn’t have to go into hiding. But we can’t criticize him for caving either. where is the support for these people when they get fatwah’d? andI mean financial support, not posts on a blog.

  • muggle

    I think that’s great. I see now why I’ve like Non Sequitor for so long.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    Gander – Wiley Miller started the Non Sequitur comic started in 1992, but different newspapers (it’s in 700 now) would have picked it up at different times, so yours may have just started including it 6 years ago. 🙂

    Interesting that the newspapers that refused to run today’s strip ran a rerun that happened to be from 2006. Another of his strips in 2006 (Feb 20) was a satire in response to the original Danish cartoon riots — it “depicts a street-side cartoonist offering caricatures of Muhammad ‘while you wait’ with a caption stating that the cartoonist has finally realized his goal of being the most feared man in the world”.

    See it at http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/554/nq0602209hz.gif
    from http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2006/02/cart00ns.html

    My newspaper only includes Non Sequitur on weekdays, not Sundays, so I don’t know if they would’ve ran today’s or not…

  • The very conservative paper in Richmond. VA ran the comic in it’s printed edition.

  • Allen H

    OK – I usually don’t like it when they wuss-out, but – the replacement I saw on paper (Gannett) was funnier…

  • Obviously, the only rational solution is to start issuing death threats to newspaper editors who don’t publish comics about Mohammed.

  • blueridgelady

    Duh! He’s smoking weed in the port a john!

  • Lee-Anne

    to Jeff P

    My God, you nailed it on the head! How many actually know he was, what is considered today, a pedophile! Good find!

  • James Hawk III

    I’ve corresponded with Wiley over the years and I’m a little surprised he did this cartoon. It’s a business risk for him–but totally on target. If things get ugly, I’m standing with him.

  • Graham ASH-PORTER

    But I did find Jesus! He’s on the cross (bar) of the Kite lol

  • ronald yates

    What a bunch pansies plus up the 17th or 18th century good ole Mo was pictured and drawn often his image appeared even on coins