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I was friends with Priya several years ago. She was kind of a big sister figure to me, and helped me out with some people who were harassing me online. That's why it pains me that she would go this far down the slippery slope and create an awful comic such as this.
The main problem with Vegan Artbook is that it is a "The War on Straw" creation. The characters all lack personality outside of being vegans and meat-eaters. Oh, I'm sorry, "carnists." The comic primarily exists to show why Priya considers veganism to be superior to "carnism," and it seems she can only do so by making the "carnists" into strawmen (which ironically makes her seem like a Straw Vegan). She shows no understanding for why people choose to eat meat outside of "it tastes good." She offers no reason why veganism is better other than animals, I guess. And since she doesn't understand why people eat meat or dairy, she basically doesn't give any counterarguments to why people in the real world choose to eat meat (for example, I eat meat since I actually cannot stomach vegetables; they make me quite ill). Instead, most of her arguments are ad hominem. For instance, in one comic, a carnist says he's at the top of the food chain. A vegan then takes out a pen and writes "L" over "D," making him the top of the "fool chain." I'm sorry, how is that a convincing argument? Likewise, despite finding killing animals to be horrible, she finds killing humans to be acceptable, as shown in one comic where a vegan kills a carnist. Rather than give some explanations as to health benefits of veganism, or offering ways to get necessary nutrients from vegetables, she just mocks "carnists." The sad thing is that one comment I saw on her DeviantArt page said that the comic had convinced them to go vegan. This would be like becoming a Christian after watching Left Behind with Nicholas Cage. I could maybe forgive it if it were funny, but the comic would rather be preachy than entertaining. Very few strips actually have something that could be considered a punch line.
The one thing I can give the comic is it's well-drawn, which gives it points over Sonichu, Starfighter, or Gamer Chicks. But the cute little drawings spouting off strawman, hypocritical arguments over the morality of eating meat is a bit off-putting. Other than the graphics, the comic is irremediable. It's preachy, hypocritical, humorless, and an overall waste of drawing talent. I am so sad that Priya became this kind of person, and I hope she changes for the best.
Considering her apparent history of unabashed rabid bigotry, I'm...actually kind of surprised that she was ever a decent human being.
And she does try to up-sell veganism on health grounds (which is dubious to begin with, but that's splitting hairs). It's just that the sources she cites are ones with which not even any vegan with a lick of sense wants to be associated (PeTA, Gary Yourofsky, and so on).
Not to mention if you look on her devianart page, she tends to be very stubborn about her beliefs and is very dismissive towards anyone who criticizes her views. It does help that the fans that do follow her praise her life if she was some saint who can do no wrong, and are just as crazy as her.
I think Priya is a shining example of why some people hate vegans: she\'s every caricature of them rolled into a living person (well, except the secretly liking meat one).
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