January 20, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Illustration Next @ SVA Tuesday

Tuesday Nov. 5, 7PM, at the SVA amphitheater, open to the public.
An update of a lecture I gave in 2010 discussing the work that artists are doing outside the traditional editorial framework. This is in acknowledgement of the changing world we all live in.
I didn’t feel I was doing a complete enough job as teacher (I have both sophomore and senior portfolio classes) unless I could represent, to the best of my ability, a picture of the world of illustration as it is, and what it is becoming.
This is not to say that I feel that print is going away. It is changing in its presence and role. Many of the projects seen in Illustration Next have found their way into books, various new publications. Also web-based entities are finding print to be an interesting iteration of work done online. The main thing that has changed is that artists are becoming much more content-providers and producers. Project ideas originate with us much more now. Of course the phone will ring with projects that we are right for. But these are living more and more, side by side with one’s own projects, born, raised and sent off into the world (and then sending home a golden coin) by artists.

More than ever the world of illustration is the stuff that dreams are made of. Here, below, are a few of the more than 50 artists who will be featured in our talk.
All colleagues and students very welcome.
Here are a few of the many artists participating:
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The Saturday Night Massacre + 40

Today celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Saturday Night Massacre. This graphic treatment in tomorrow’s LA Times. Thanks to Susan Brenneman and Wes Bausmith for above and beyond the call help.

The firing of the special Watergate prosecutor Cox, by Nixon marks a moment in history when the nation changed by widespread immediate consensus that a politician had gone too far. It has implication for our times. We learned that he incredible cannot happen . . . until it does. Etc.

SNM Nixon 1

Nixon would not let go of tapes that are suspected of implicating him in the cover up.

SNM Cox 2


Special Prosector Archibald Cox needed those tapes for his investigation.

SNM Nixon 3


Nixon, of course, says no, claiming executive privilege.

SNM Sirica 4

Judge Sirica, a tough guy, doesn’t buy that.


SNM Nixon 5

Nixon comes up with a plan to release the tapes where they would be reviewed . . . by him!

SNM Cox 6

Cox calls it what it is: BS.


SNM Richardson 7

That’s all, Nixon says. On Oct, 20, Saturday, Nixon orders AG Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refuses and quits!


SNM Ruckelshause 8


Next in line was Dep. AG William Ruckelshaus. He quits too!

SNM Bork 9

Next Nixon goes to Solicitor General Robert Bork.  Bork says yes and fires Cox.


SNM Protest 10This becomes a huge story, reported in media in almost real time. That night young people gathered at the White House. The American people rose up and demanded action.  Leaders in Congress held a meeting that weekend to for the first time seriously discuss impeachment.

The people (well informed and) united will (mostly) never be defeated.

PS: Nixon was forced to hire a replacement prosector, Leon Jaworski, who, it turned out, was just as tough as Cox would have been. Every single player in Watregate, that includes cabinet members as well as many senior and junior lieutenants, went to prison. Except, of course, for You Know Who. Who by the way goes down in history primary, not for any achievements in the White house, but for Watergate, impeachment, resignation and disgrace. Justice was ultimately done.

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Dog of the Week: Lou


Dog of the Week by Terry Brodner:
See more at http://terrybrodner.vpweb.com/

“Lou is a big gangly fellow who appears to be made out of Jello. His head is a planet. His gate is all wobbly. His tail is titanic and his kisses are slobbery. He looks like he’s made to search and destroy, but he’s really just a good little boy.”