October 19, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

The Widening Gyre

In the new Vanity Fair: for an incisive story by Garry Wills, one of my favorite writers. Who is Trump like? My solution: the #Murderclown is like nobody. Nixon, Wallace, McCarthy shocked to their socks (Cohn not so much.)

 

My latest cover for The Nation. Deplorables galore.

 

 

Here is the result of a few weeks living in AlecBaldwinWorld. I was asked by Viacom to decorate the Apollo Theater for a star-studded tribute to Baldwin to be broadcast on Spike TV. Here they all are: three murals, stitched together, scenes from his career going back to the 1970’s. Each was 8′ high and some as long as 16′. A very long month. With a final grateful note from Alec, who is now the proud (?) owner of one of these. Thanks to him, the crew and Keith Raywood, my designer for the project. And  thanks to Peter Cury of the Hollywood Reporter for the sweet write up.

Center Stage Mural. Clockwise: Hunt for Red October, The Departed, Trumps, Radio, Knott’s Landing, 30 Rock.

 

Drumpf.

 

O’Reilly.

Tony Bennett.

Streetcar Named Desire.

The Edge, The Getaway, The Alamo.

These were watercolors reaching about 40″ in length, but blown up onto vinyl. For once, Trump’s hands are YUUUUUGE!

This image for The Washington Post marks Trump’s 100 Days in office.

Great thanks to Adam Kushner, editor and Chris Ruken, designer for making this happen.

Prints are now available HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE CIVIL WARS.

 

DJT.

Ivanka.

Spicer.

 

Kush.

 

Mark Meadows (Freedom Caucus.)

 

Pence.

 

THE COURT OF KING DONALD I

(This image available as a Giclee print: https://society6.com/stevebrodner)
I was working on a big Hillary Inauguration piece for the LA Times in October and got pretty far with it. The idea was to have all the important characters in Washington and media at the ceremony all smeared with orange slime. 
Then, well, you know.
I needed, as we all did, time to figure out what had just happened. Gradually the replacement became clearer: President Pumpkin was, as a tin pot autocrat, to himself and his followers, a kind of king. Then I thought of Goya’s magnificent portrait of King Charles IV of Spain, where he mercilessly caricatured them (and they loved it, BTW.) Charles is a nothing, an empty vessel. You can make this case for Trump. He sells whatever the “mark” is buying. The family of Cankerous Cumquat is roughly the same size. The gilt-edged lifestyle, also a good fit. So I began. 
Here’s the final, details and process shots. It is darned good to be an illustrator when your deepest feelings can find a form. I marched around DC with a lot of you yesterday. Both things gave me the same feeling. That we are at the beginning of a movement of great power. Let us hope.
It took a couple of weeks to finish with the absolutely wonderful support of Susan Brenneman and  Wesley Bausmith at the Times.

CHEETO MUSSOLINI HIMSELF.

Kushners, Priebus, Christie, Conway.

 

Ivanka, Putin.

Price, Mattis & Co

Stephen Bannon, The American Bystander.

American Journal.

 

The Resistance.

The Legacy of Obama.

The Nation

The Trump Gang
The Nation
 
Resisting Trump
Harper’s
 

 

 

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Trump and the Khans. The Nation. 

 

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The Amazing Island of Samsø

IMG_2336                During our recent visit to Denmark Cynthia and I made a trip to Samsø Island, a place of miracles. In the late ’90’s the residents made up their collective mind to go green: develop existing renewable energy technologies to go carbon neutral and eventually carbon-free. In 10 years, not only were they CO2 neutral but were producing so much additional energy that they sold 25% of it back to the mainland . . . at a handsome profit. All this was accomplished with established tech: wind, solar, geo thermal, biomass. Clearly what they have achieved is easier in an island of 3700, where the wind never stops blowoing and the sun shines much of the year. But in a salute to the world leaders meeting now in Paris Len Small, Nautilus magazine, my amazing wife Cynthia and good pal Erik Petri (who both helped in countless ways) brought back this story, appearing now online as well as in four spreads in the upcoming issue. Great help also from editor, Ariel Bleicher. Hope this stimulates good ideas on our side of the pond.

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Soren Hermansen

“The story began with Svend Auken, our brave Minister for the Environment,” says Soren Hermansen, who runs the Energy Academy on the Danish island of Samsø, an emerald comma in the Kattegat Sea. “When he returned from the United Nations climate change conference in 1997, he announced, ‘Now we need to start the green revolution in Denmark.’ That was very brave and very crazy.”

Svend Auken

To get people excited about the idea, Auken set up a competition between municipalities for the best plan for going carbon-neutral in 10 years. When Samsø won, it became Denmark’s “renewable-energy island.” Hermansen, then a teacher, rock musician, and self-described rabble-rouser, took it upon himself to see that his native island lived up to its new name.

He brought consultants—and beer—to community meetings to try to convince his neighbors, many of them conservative farmers, to take up the cause. But the consultants weren’t getting through. So Hermansen sent them home. “Instead of telling people what they should do, I had to address the fear of change.” He told them that renewable technologies—wind turbines, solar arrays, biomass plants—would bring jobs and, better yet, money. Through subsidies, the government guaranteed a stable price for wind-generated power for 10 years, meaning investors could recoup their costs after seven or eight and start making a healthy profit.

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That perked up their ears. Meeting by meeting, Samsingers—farmers, plumbers, schoolteachers, grocers—began to band together behind the project. When it finally got off the ground in the late 1990s, Samsø was putting 11 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. But by 2001, residents had cut their fossil fuel use by half. In 2003, they began exporting electricity to the mainland. Today the island produces from renewable sources 25 percent more energy than it consumes.

What makes Samsø’s story so remarkable, however, isn’t this fast transformation from carbon polluter to renewable-energy producer. It’s how it happened: Samsø owes its success not to a collective environmental idealism, but to its residents’ brass-tacks business sense.

“The wind always blows here,” Morton Holst, a grain farmer on Samsø told me. The steady resource allows the island to generate around 105 million kilowatt-hours per year with 11 land turbines, 10 offshore ones, and a smattering of micro-models. Residents use only about 24 percent of this electricity. They sell the rest.Holst Grain Farmer Final

Ole Kaempe, a teacher on the island, and his wife Hedvig Hauge can see the turbine in which they invested from their farmhouse, whirring away beyond their vineyard. “Two of the wind turbines were offered to everybody; you could buy shares,” Kaempe says. “There was a lottery because too many people wanted in.”

Listening to the low drone of his turbine now, he says, he hears the “music” of income.

Ole Kaempe Hedvig Hauge Kaempe Geo Thermal Pipes

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The geothermal pipes bring warm water up all  winter. It moves through a pump which, when hit with refrigerant, results in very hot water, which then moves through internal heating pipes to radiators in their home.

Two decades ago, most Samsingers heated their homes with oil hauled in on tankers. Then Hermansen and others got together and calculated that residents could save up to 50 percent on their heating bills if they replaced their furnaces with pumps that drew hot water, through underground pipes, from district heating plants.

Straw Plant

Arne Jensen runs three plants fueled by straw bales, which he buys from local farmers. (A fourth plant burns wood chips.) “It takes two and a half kilos of this stuff to replace one kilo of oil,” he says. “This plant processes 1,600 tons a year. If they replaced that with oil, they would have to spend 20 million Danish krones [about $2.9 million], five times as much. That would be 20 million going out of the community. Instead, the money stays here.”

Here’s the track the straw moves on. It gets chopped very fine and sifted before burning.

Arne Jensen with biomass kiln

The Kiln. Believe me, it is hot.

The process is also, more or less, carbon neutral. The CO2 released during burning simply displaces the carbon that would have entered the atmosphere naturally, as the straw decomposed. Even the ash is repurposed as fertilizer.

 

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Samsø Golfklub, tucked in the island’s northeast corner, is a kind of microcosmic showcase of the community’s embracement of sustainability. The club’s carts and mowers are solar-powered, and golfers carry hand-held weeders so they can do spot maintenance as they play.

My Life With Hillary

This is currently live on Politico:
As we greet the return of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the political stage, it cannot be denied that she is unique in many ways. One of these is an almost unheard-of political longevity. Players in politics seldom hold onto front-runner status after 23 years in the public eye. In spite of great controversies (and one very big loss) Hillary, most definitely, still does.

Of all political figures today, she may be the most durable because of her multifaceted nature, appealing to both hawks and liberals, activists and business tycoons. Whatever you say about her, there is almost always some evidence pointing to the opposite. This also applies to the way I rendered her over the decades. My approach shifted as did her shape. So without any discernible theme, here are some 28 Hillarys that have haunted my career as well as my dreams.
My great thanks to Janet Michaud, designer, Susan Glasser editor, Lori Kelly, Katelyn Fossett, Garrett Graff. And especially to Jeff Bartholet for the inspiration for this project.

Dream of Hillarys Opener

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Hillary 7 Westchester w type

Hillary 9 Debates w type

Hillary 10 Lucy  w type

Hillary 11 Simpsons w type

Hillary 12 Odd Couple w type

 

Hillary 13 Foreign Policy Balloon w type

 

Hillary 17 Two Faces w type

 

Hillary 14 Joan of Arc w type

 

Hillary 18 Wisconsin w type

Hillary 19 Titanic w type

Hillary 15 Kong  w type

 

Hillary 20 Oprah w type

 

Hillary 23 Tarmac w type

 

Hillary 21 Party w type

 

Hillary 24 Pussy Riot w type

 

Hillary 25 HER w typeHillary 26 Broke w typeHillary 27 Lenin w typeHillary 28 Choir w type

Improve on “Redskins”? That’s Easy.

In today’s Washington Post: my top picks for a new name for the Redskins. What’s yours? Online here.

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Renaming the Redskins

In Sunday’s Washington Post! My six picks for a name that better reflects the Beltway Real.

See all 6 HERE.Gippers