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For Comic Strip Authors In The Trump Era, 'No Art Should Live In A Vacuum'

Politics is seeping into everything these days, even the funny pages. Syndicated cartoonists Francesco Marciuliano and Hector Cantu talk to NPR's Michel Martin about today's art imitating life.

Like President Obama before him, Trump's presidency is having an effect on areas seemingly outside of politics, including the worlds of professional sports, movies, theater — and perhaps a newer addition: comics.

We're not talking political cartoons on editorial pages or the politically-charged , but the previously lighthearted strips that gently follow issues like teen romances. Recently, these comics have become — dare we say it — more "woke," with topical story lines and critical issues playing out on the panels.

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