January 19, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.


When your work is recognized by the design community it is wonderful. This year it is especially great to be short-listed at SPD for work that goes in new directions.

Among the finalists in the category of Illustration: Single page / Spread is Six Portraits of Mitt Romney  done with Mary Parsons  AD and Kit Rachlis, ed, The American Prospect. It employs an exciting direction for me, which I call illographix. This is involves graphing and charting using illustration. Two other examples will be in the upcoming Prospect as well as the next edition of The Baffler working with John Summers and Patrick jb Flynn (and the Flynstitute).

Six Portraits of Mittsm


Equally as great is to be a finalist in the Spot Illustration category for my Mother Jones series: The Road to Citizens United. This also takes an issue apart and organizes, this time in a timeline. Great thanks to Tim Luddy, Carolyn Perot ADs, Monika Bauerlein, Clara Jeffrey, eds,  for this collaboration. The spots responded to the opener which is below, each illustrating great (?) moments in the loosening of campaign finance regulations, leading to the mess we have now. Starting with Teddy Roosevelt, through Nixon, to Gore to well, who knows what.

Great thanks to the juries at SPD, my colleagues who are also up for medals. It’s great to be in your league, still making trouble.

The Road to Citizens United Final 5 7 12










  1. ALEX MCCRAE says:


    Kudos for the much deserved recognition by your illustration peers that you are receiving, of late.

    I was especially impressed w/ both drawings that were ear-marked for consideration, particularly the clever treatment you gave then-presidential aspirant, Mitt “Man-of-Many-Faces” Romney. Brilliant stuff.

    I was heartened to see your lively montage of parodied quotable Hugo Chavez ‘moments’ in my hardcopy Sunday L.A. Times edition last week.

    Chavez was such a polarizing pol on the world political stage. I think his contemptuously referring to George Dubbya Bush as Satin, exuding a odious sulfurous stench, was one of his most quoted quotes, and will no doubt live on in infamy. (You captured that one perfectly.)

    I’m pulling for you to win that SPD prize.

    Keep up the great work, Steve.

    You are definitely hypocrisy’s and complacency’s worst nightmare… and that’s a good… NO… a GREAT thing.


  2. Steve says:

    Many thanks Alex. Glad you saw that in the paper. A paper!!!! I love them there. Hoping we can all hold on. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

  3. ALEX MCCRAE says:


    “A paper”, indeed!!!

    I guess I’m one of those fossilized troglodytes of a bygone era, of a certain age, chronologically frozen in a time when reading the newspaper every morning, even as a snotty nosed kid, was a most tactile, visual, adventuresome, dare I say fun way to feel somehow connected to our world… both around the block and around the globe.

    Growing up as a kid of the early ‘boomer’ generation in Canada, hockey was our national ‘religion’, and the Toronto Globe & Mail, delivered each morning and the Toronto Star in the evening were my reliable windows on the wide-world-of-sport (and much, much more, of course).

    ‘The Star’ was also the long-standing home of in-house master editorial cartoonist Duncan MacPherson, one of my great inspirations as a youngster in later pursuing a career in art. His always-spot-on, and beautifully rendered, mostly brush-and ink daily editorial cartoon was the very first thing I checked out in the paper, even before the line-scores for the previous nights hockey games, or my second love, major league baseball stats.

    I don’t have to remind you Steve, about the rapid attrition of in-house editorial cartoonists now working at major papers in North America. A crying shame, i say!

    Sadly, ‘the paper’, the hands-on variety, as we know it, is now on life-supports. It appears only a matter of time before the plug will ultimately be pulled for good (or evil?), w/ current editorial staffs being drastically slashed, the size of most papers being majorly shrunk, content-wise, and online subscriptions becoming the fast-growing new normal. (Who ever heard of a pay-wall before online news media subscriptions popped up?)

    Well enough kvetching for now. (I don’t want to come off as some grousing old curmudgeon here.)

    Oh, If I see billowing white smoke, I’ll know you won the SPD award, right Steve? HA!

    All the Best,


  4. Steve says:

    Thanks. I think the nomination is plenty. Awards themselves are over the top. Don’t know why I feel that way. This right here is wonderful!