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Minimum Security

[min-uh-muhm-si-kyoor-i-tee]

Minimum Security is a comic strip written and illustrated by Stephanie McMillan. It began in 1999, appearing in several alternative weeklies. It is frequently political, usually espousing a radical, environmental, nihilistic and/or anarchistic stance in most of the issues discussed.

Starting February 5, 2007, Minimum Security is hosted by United Features Syndicate on their comics.com website.

Characters

Originally, the strip featured no recurring characters. However, in 2004, several recurring characters began appearing regularly. They are as follows:

Kranti is the main character in the comic-strip. A determined environmentalist who finds it preferable to be with plants than with any other kind of being. She is usually seen talking with Bunnista and Bananabelle.

Bananabelle is a liberal who has good heart, but is in denial about the real world events. According to the cartoonist, she represents the mainstream outlook..

Bunnista is an anthropomorphic rabbit that escaped from a cosmetics testing lab (where one of his eyes was destroyed). He lives with Kranti and shares most of her views and commits various acts of terrorism (recently firing an RPG at a TV station). In strips that features two characters (mostly Kranti and Bananabelle) discussing politics, Bunnista is seen giving a final, saracastic comment in the final panel.

Nikko is Kranti’s brother, who is addicted to pop culture and television. In one storyline, Nikko was accepted to appear in the television series Fear Factor, only to humiliate himself when he got sick trying to perform one of his stunts (licking the ears of Jesse Helms).

Javier is Nikko's boyfriend. Has more common sense, and more politically active than him.

President George W. Bush is satired in the strip as a recurring character, wearing a crown on his head. In earlier strips, he was drawn as a monkey.

Chip is a new guy that rides a motorized cycle and is in love with Kranti but Kranti does not return his love but he is still trying to get her to see his good side by doing things that he feels she would approve of but in a comically ironic way they just bother Kranti. Chip also has a lot of money and the latest technological gizmos.

Other unnamed but recurring characters are present in the strip: a "Christian-fascist wingnut", and a "nationalistic, xenophobic, generally reactionary jerk.

Bill Napoli controversy

Minimum Security gained notoriety when a strip commenting on Bill Napoli appeared in March 2006. It featured Nikko asking Kranti "which salad dressing do you want?", with Kranti saying that she is calling Napoli to ask. When Nikko asks who Napoli is, she responds that "he's a senator in South Dakota who believes women can't make [their] own decisions, so whenever I'm faced with one, I call him at work", and proceeds to give out his work and home phone numbers. In Napoli's words, "99% percent of the calls I got were just filth. I bet I didn’t talk to 20 or 25 people I could talk to. The rest were screaming obscenities before I could hang up."

The original artwork of the strip was auctioned off on eBay and sold for US$2,201.00; McMillan donated all of the money to pro-choice causes. Half was given to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and the other half to the Oglala Sioux tribe, because former tribal president Cecilia Fire Thunder had planned to open an abortion clinic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Books

Title Cover Publication Date ISBN Publisher
Attitude Featuring: Minimum Security November 30, 2005 ISBN 1-56163-442-5 Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing
As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial November 2007 Seven Stories Press

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