Marc Alan Fishman: How the West Wing Cured Me of My Taste for Blood

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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6 Responses

  1. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    I’ve always felt that capital punishment was too merciful in many cases. It should be reserved for those criminals who can never be retaught, and whose escape could cause large degrees of suffering in a short time. And it should be administered with no more anger than one uses in putting down a rabid dog – the dog didn’t get rabies in order to attack us, it’s just too dangerous to be permitted.

    To my mind, imprisoning someone in a small room for the rest of his life, restricting his freedoms, leaving him subject to the whims of the guards (and the larger inmates), and generally stripping him of any last vestige of dignity is far worse than merely killing him. And given the way in which this particular offender was caught, I anticipate his future will consist entirely of either that tiny cell, or wet-packs and heavy medication.

    Unless somebody decides to give him the easy way out, which I don’t think he deserves…

  2. Mike K says:

    The conservative art supply store called. They want their broad brush back.

    All kidding about your liberal politics aside, you’ve done a great job writing a piece that will make people think. We could all stand to think more carefully, especially around issues like this. I think Rabbi has it right: “Society has a right to protect itself, but it doesn’t have a right to be vengeful.” Recall that we’re not even sure yet whether this guy knows he even committed a crime. And assuming he did, I’m with Jonathan – lock him up and throw away the key. He’ll suffer plenty just by being in prison.

  3. George Haberberger says:

    “Aaron Sorkin knows how to sound smart, ”

    And lately it appears he has lost that ability. Or are you not watching “The Newsroom”? Now his preaching seem all too obivious.

    I was big fan of The West Wing. I have the entire series on DVD. My favorite episode was “Shibboleth.”

    • I have not seen the Newsroom. I have little interest in it, actually. The West Wing (sorkin’s run on it…) stands up to me as being just an amazingly executed drama. Hard to pinpoint a favorite episode… but if you twist my arm? I’ll go cliche, and say Two Cathedrals.

  4. Christopher Foxx says:

    I may not wish death on any man, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want suffering. I’d gladly see my tax dollars pay to ensure Holmes is fed the absolute minimum amount of food and water to live, confined to a cell no bigger than a twin bed, with a leaky faucet and broken toilet. I want every day of his life to include a solid hour of larger, angrier inmates given free reign to pummel, poke, prod, and pound Holmes within an inch of his life. I want a team of nurses and doctors to repair him to a state of consciousness, without any pain medication. And then, I want the process to start again the next day.


    “Society has a right to protect itself, but it doesn’t have a right to be vengeful.”