This Modern World is a weekly comic strip/political cartoon by Tom Tomorrow AKA Dan Perkins. Appearing in various alternative newspapers around the US, and online at Daily Kos and The Nation, the strip takes a very, very liberal look at current events. Often stars Sparky, an acerbic sunglass-wearing penguin, and the Very Nice dog Blinky.
Tomorrow has also written a (non-partisan and theoretically non-political) children's book, The Very Silly Mayor.
These Modern Tropes:
- Animated Adaptation:
- Author Avatar: Sparky, although he sometimes interacts with Tomorrow in-strip as well.
- The Blank: In one series of strips, one of these runs for president.
- Brain Monster: The titular terror in "The Thing That Ate America's Brain" (and its identically-named sequel) is a tentacled Eldritch Abomination that feeds on the "chaos, anger and turmoil" generated by Donald Trump, who denies colluding with "an ancient Lovecraftian horror that thrives on psychic discord! Or Russia."
- Cool Shades: Sparky's futuristic sunglasses.
- Crapsaccharine World: The comic has bright pastel colors, but the tone is ruthlessly cynical.
- Cut-and-Paste Comic: Tomorrow uses/traces over vintage clipart to create the strip's look.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Donald Trump, in an example that also involves elements of Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!. (The strip is one of several portraying Trump as a parody of the Incredible Hulk, hence the Hulk Speak.)
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Depicted more than once.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Plutocrat Pete and Tea Party Tim both hate taxes, but unlike the latter, Plutocrat Pete doesn't want to force the government to default, which is why he sees Tim as a "nihilistic moron willing to crash the entire economy."
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Sparky.
- Hulk Speak: Donald Trump's character sometimes speaks this way (when portrayed as an orange version of the Incredible Hulk), although while he uses the Third-Person Person and poor grammar (particularly word agreement) elements, his vocabulary is relatively advanced for this trope.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: This exchange regarding Trump's presidency.Sparky: We are completely and utterly screwed, but happy holidays!
Trump: Hey! You have to say "Merry Christmas" now!
- I'm a Humanitarian: All of humanity (except Donald Trump) gets eaten by aliens in this strip.
- "Just Joking" Justification: Donald Trump tries this in one strip about the "Donald Trump Comedy Hour".
- Kent Brockman News: Broadcasts of the Action McNews Network.
- Kid Detective: The Recurring Character "Conservative Jones, Internet Detective" is an Encyclopedia Brown parody who constantly takes right wing memes and claims at face value, no matter how false or absurd they are. His Beleaguered Assistant Moonbat tries to talk some sense into his boss, who dismisses him with contemptuous condescension.
- Kill the Poor: One strip shows a post-apocalyptic world where the poor are fattened up on the available food and eaten by the rich.
- Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: "Goofball and Galahad" are parodies of Goofus and Gallant, with the twist that Goofball brings up legitimate problems that Galahad tries to dismiss or explain away.
- Shout-Out: Characters such as Beavis And Butthead, Doctor Who (specifically the 12th Doctor) and the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series have made guest appearances in the strip.
- The Sociopath: The strip unofficially diagnoses Trump as a low-functioning one, stating that he lacks any remorse for his actions, lies frequently and has an inflated sense of self-worth, and uses this as one of many arguments as to why he is a terrible president.
- Straw Character: Biff, the strip's resident Republican.
- Straw Hypocrite
- Take That!: Republicans and conservatives in general.
- Wall of Text: Lampshaded by the artist on more than one occasion.