December 13, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Me vs. Madonna!

Can you lend a hand here? It’s a battle of covers with my Game of Thrones Bush family Newsweek cover vs. V’s Madonna and Katy Perry! Seems hopeless, but it may be possible to win this for old (new) Newsweek and their shadowy Korean benefactors (who have been, so far, hands-off). Please take a look and vote (unless Katy and Madonna are too irresistible, in which case . . . although George HW Bush is quite a pin-up himself here.)

VOTE HERE

THANKS!

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2014

To celebrate the Dinner I did two historical reviews of the proceedings. First for Politico Magazine and the second for the Washington Post style section.

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Calvin Coolidge was the first president to attend.

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In the 50’s and 60’s it was a Sinatra and Hope type of affair.Thomas650

Helen Thomas was the first to break to the glass ceiling and pave the way for women reporters.Kelly and Fawn650

Michael Kelly shocked the gang by bringing Fawn Hall.Ellen and Heche650

As did Ellen DeGeneres, later on, by bringing Anne Heche.Osbourne650

Then there was the year of Ozzie.

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And in 2013 Tom Brokow boycotted because Greta van Sisteren had brought Lindsay Lohan the previous year, which, to me would represent a positive trend.

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There was a year when Obama sported bangs. For some reason.

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Remember when Seth Meyers said that Trump was not only on Fox but also had a fox on his head?  Great.

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Penn and Scarlett showed up together one night.

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Arianna Huffington called Christie and Bon Jovi her “Jersey Boys”. Ickkk.

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The most amazing night of all was when Obama joked along while plans to take out bin Laden were under way. A great split screen Zero Dark 40 missed. Would have been a funnier film.

 

Premiere Episode: Years of Living Dangerously

Watch, repost, share, talk.

This is the time.

 

DeBlasio in Clover

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For my first cover for the redesigned NY Observer, art director Lauren Draper asked for a portrait of the mayor of NY, Bill DeBlasio, feeling triumphant after his signature agenda item, pre-kindergarten for all NY children, passed the legislature. Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running THIS year (and maybe again next) this will be done without a tax hike. It is a moment to savor for the new mayor . . . and for our kids.

Here is the genesis of this cover.

Many thanks to Lauren, who would take every sketch and try it in layout for me. There was a rare back-and-forth that resulted in good communication all round.

Also great fun to be on board with David Heasty and Stephanie Wagner of Triboro Design who took the peachy paper and re-imagined it as a mag. This is the third one since the re-D. What they have kept is their appreciation of illustration. Ken Kurson EIC, and Jared Kushner Publisher very responsible for that and so much else.

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The first idea was to have BDB huge behind a small desk. Not quite right.

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Then there was the BDB rearing back with a big smile and a blackboard with my bit of copy on it. This was approved and then edited. The copy would be more straightforward and have my line in at the end.

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Then there was this finished sketch sent to Lauren via cell phone camera.

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Later on, I sent a more finished image. Thanks to Lauren this is the first sense I had of how this might look.

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Here, then, is the cover that will be on stands tomorrow. Illustration is a hardwork/greatfun thing.

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