September 20, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Hail Caesar

What made Sid Caesar brilliant? I would say, in a word, explosive reaction to a world constantly wreaking frustration upon mankind. His art was that of endured anger, taken to the breaking point and then beyond. His getting to that point is made simultaneously palpable and hilarious by his amazing ability to exaggerate and caricature.

For all my friends who remember him and those for whom Sid will be new, I offer my picks.  In Sid lies the essence what it is like to cope in the age of anxiety, which, alas, proceeds apace.

Enjoy.

Sid and Nanette Fabray pantomime Beethoven’s 5th, finding a narrative and even a punchline. One take, live on network TV.

The immortal This is Your Life parody. This has outlived the memory of the actual (awful) show. I’m sure clips of this are on all the news broadcasts tonight. Here the whole thing is in all its glory.

Then there is the business meeting sketch. It’s all about the food.

The German General (sorry for the quality. Still great.)

The Recital. My life.

There’s more on Youtube and on Netflix. Thank goodness for them. And the work of Sid and the idea of humor this personal, real and deeply funny.

Roll My Breeches to My Knees

RIP Pete. He believed in us. And was the best of us.

World War 3 Illustrated . . . #45!

Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman have been putting out World War 3 Illustrated since Reagan put the country Right. They have been showing the world of media and illustration just how powerful political art can be , even as the boots of the publishing world contain legs that quake at the thought strong graphics. Here are selections of the next edition. As prepared and annotated by Peter for Drawger.com.

 

This 160 page issue it sells for a mere $7 in your local alternative comix shop. You can also find this and other issues though our distributor Top Shelf Also we have a website dedicated to the magazine that you can check out here World War 3 Illustrated.

The one experience all living things face and yet it remains our greatest mystery. My cover (after Roland Topor 1938-1997)
 I have been co-editing WW3, a magazine I started with Seth Tobocman while we were students at Pratt Institute, for 34 years. The newest issue “Before and After” has just arrived. I edited this one with Scott Cunningham.
Back cover by Thomas Woodruff

Some excerpts of the work from the issue…

Above 4 of my lost nine lives. (more on page 2)

 

The Sixth is refers to the number of mass extinctions earth has experienced…we’re in the middle of the 6th.

 

 

 

 

Anthony Freda

 

 

 

Hayley Gold’s story of growing up anorexic  

Tom Hart

Murals from Egypt commemorating people who died in the Arab Spring photos by Tamara Tornado

Ruth Lingford

Title page to a piece written by Mumia Abu-Jamal who spent 30 years on death row. Illustrations are by another prisoner
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Title page from Seth Tobocman’s story about his mother
If you are interested in finding a copy of this 160 page issue it sells for a mere $7 in your local alternative comix shop. You can also find this and other issues though our distributor Top Shelf Also we have a website dedicated to the magazine that you can check out here World War 3 Illustrated

My Pick for Man of the Year

Man of the year

A Jewish Thanksgiving:

The story of Asser Levy and the first Jews in New Amsterdam. It’s even true!.  Many thanks to the brilliant Alana Newhouse and classy staff especially Rachel Silberman and Wayne Hoffman at Tablet magazine for great help on this.  The lesson being, in America, good networking can be everything.  Another is that Illustration Next means places like Tablet. Have a Transcendent  Thanksgiving!

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