If you haven’t seen the comic known as “Strange Planet” yet, then it might be one of the most entertaining and hysterical comics you’ve seen since Gary Larson’s “Far Side.” However, the comic’s artist, Nathan Pyle, is coming under attack after revealing his pro-life stances.
The comic became an internet sensation after comic strips began appearing on Twitter and Reddit to massive circulation and upvotes. The comics involve human activities being done by aliens, and highlights how routine things we do are actually incredibly odd, and even hilariously ridiculous when viewed from the outside.
Take this comic about a yard sale, and creating playlists.
— Nathan W. Pyle (@nathanwpyle) April 9, 2019
Or ordering through a drive-thru and taking a relaxing bath.
— Nathan W. Pyle (@nathanwpyle) April 4, 2019
Also, blowing bubbles and going to the dentist.
— Nathan W. Pyle (@nathanwpyle) March 8, 2019
At some point, Pyle’s friend “Soojin” posted a pro-life message on her Facebook page, which Pyle shared to his Twitter, adding that when he thinks about the #MarchForLife, he thinks about her and is thankful she was given the gift of life.
This didn’t sit well with the pro-abortion outrage mob, and an outraged mob quickly formed to tell him of his wrong thing, starting with one Twitter user who brought it to everyone’s attention.
oh yikes, the cute alien comics dude is anti abortion https://t.co/1YcuW2DmmQ
— ⚑⚧︎ Anarcho-Chompette ⚧︎⚑ (@anarchopupgirl) April 8, 2019
The deluge began.
I hate to be a killjoy (mainly because I enjoyed those comics a lot), but the guy who makes the Strange Planet comic is pro-life and doesn't want people to be able to get an abortion. I've got no tolerance for people like that, and will be unfollowing all his work. https://t.co/8QDuxa4bes
— Owl (@UglaStefania) April 8, 2019
He has posted about supporting the March for Life, which goes far past "personal opposition for abortion" https://t.co/AxP2Jr9ZDb
— Southern Gothicc (@mostlymartha) April 8, 2019
well the guy who does those strange planet comics is anti-abortion/pro-life (@/strangeplanet @/nathanwpyle) so that's another bit of the internet that is tainted. let's go support illustrators who support reproductive autonomy!
— defund the police & donate to bail funds (@wobblybee) April 8, 2019
Assumedly having never encountered the outrage mob before, Pyle quickly attempted damage control by capitulation, leaving a message on Twitter stating that while they do have the Christian faith, they vote Democrat.
“My wife Taylor and I have private beliefs as they pertain to our Christian faith. We also believe separation of church and state is crucial to our nation flourishing. Our votes go toward the Democratic Party.
Additionally we are troubled by what the Republican Party has become and do not want to be associated with it.”
— Nathan W. Pyle (@nathanwpyle) April 9, 2019
As is the way with the outrage mob, however, there would be no abatement despite his attempts to placate them. Regardless, the monster would eat him.
Yeah if your conception of Christian faith includes "not supporting reproductive rights" I'm out. To think that someone whose better known creation is a comic called "Strange Planet" wouldn't understand the necessity of questioning his own beliefs is… more than disappointing.
— Reaction Pic de la Mirandole (@Syrrigald) April 9, 2019
As a recent fan, I'd like to clear something up:
Can you say, honestly, that no money from your creative work goes to any organization attempting to curtail women's healthcare or reproductive rights?
That's, the biggie for me and a lot of people I've seen talking about you.
— George Romaka (@toofat2serve) April 9, 2019
Do you do March For Life or not?
— izzi (@lookitsizzi) April 9, 2019
I'm sure others have pointed out that's not answering the question. Are you aware March for life is completely anti-abortion, even if it means a woman who was raped or who would give birth to a child with genetic disorders would have to give birth anyway?
— DON'T LEAVE HOME UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY (@materwalone) April 10, 2019
Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and choices for themselves based on those beliefs, but that is the opposite of what March for Life stands for. March for Life wants to make abortion illegal and you chose to use your platform to support that overstep of church in state.
— MotherforEarth (@MotherforEarth) April 10, 2019
To be fair, many were sympathetic to Pyle’s plight and wished him well regardless of his political affiliation. His voting Democrat doesn’t make his comics any less good, but it does cast aspersions on his pro-life stance. Voting in people who have recently wanted to make abortion legal even past the point of birth, venturing into infanticide, is an odd way of being pro-life.
It was also not wise of Pyle to cast shade on Republicans in his desperation, but I’m willing to give him a pass here. For those not used to the mob, the mob can be incredibly frightening.
Regardless, his voting Democrat will not stop me from enjoying “Strange Planet.” If I cut out Democrat voter’s creations then I would have to cut out quite a bit of things I enjoy watching or playing. That said, it’s sad that in this day age, Pyle had to answer for being grateful that someone was given the gift of life and that he hopes more can experience this gift without it being taken prematurely.
(h/t: Bounding Into Comics)