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

Hey, Summer’s Over!

Summer's Over


So, where was I?

. . . there was the top pop 100 for Entertainment Weekly.  Squeezing Elvis, Michael, Bruce, Madonna, Prince and Dylan all together was a challenge. Here’s my first sketch. It happened that the eras had to be just so.

Pop 100 first sketch

So back to the drawing board to get the right scrap  . . .  and a better design (Kory Kennedy AD).

EW Pop 100 Finalsm

Then a call from ESPN to render A-Rod’s comeback . . .  not without the fans’ reactions (Chin Wang, Jason Lancaster, ADs).

AROD Detail

For Ogilvy and Mather: chief creative officer Steve Simpson is interviewed by Simon Dumenco on the virtues of  “branded content”. They cite examples of a Dove soap campaign, a short film

and the IBM pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair (David Frankel AD, Todd Puzan, Ed).

Simpson Dumenco sm

Simpson detail

For The American Lawyer there was the cover and opener about inequality among attorneys. Yep, they face it too (Joan Ferrell, AD).

Am Lawyer Cover Finalsm

American Lawyer Opener Final w carnation100

For the American Prospect, The New Socialists (Mary Parsons, AD).

It seems that whenever conservatives have a problem with something they become RABID MARXISTS  . . . on that one issue.

So here’s the gang:

New Socialists w typesm

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, after suffering a stroke, became a public health care Mao.

Mark Kirk detail

Sarah Palin, of course, is the Che of special needs children.

Socisalist Palin detail

Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a stauch opponent of Hurricane Sandy relief, was a hell-yes Jerry Rubin on Federal money for tornado relief in his home state.

Inholfe detail

Dick Cheney found it in his new heart to endorse gay marriage. He has a gay child.

Socialist Cheney Detail

As did Rob Portman.

Socialist Portman detail

Cindy McCain is a veritable commissar for federal money for migraine research. She has migraines.

Cindy McCain detail

Nancy Reagan goes full Lenin on Alzheimer’s money. A disease she knows about.

Nancy Reagan detail

Fidel Christie took his crusade to the streets when Hurricane Sandy arrived.

Christy Socialist detail

For The Washingtonian, the new Obama cabinet as in a Vogue fashion spread (Michael Goesele, AD).

Finally confirmed and ready for crises of all kinds. Coming up.

New Guard final final sm

Pres. Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Obama Rice Detail

Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Labor Sec. Thomas Perez, Sec. of the Treasury, Jack Lew.

New Guard detail Pritzger, Perez, Lew etc

UN Ambassador (and Syrian strike advocate) Samantha Power.

Samantha Power Detail

And last but not least: for a personal project, Woodrow Wilson.

WilsonsmHave a great Autumn. More soon.

Interesting Point

Opening Day

This week I began a new series of editorial videos for Slate.com.  Up till now I have used a production crew to create short films.  This works very well for TV where you can find (if you’re lucky) a budget of some kind.  The web is different.  If I wanted to continue this online, I realized I had to get the costs down.  So finally, after some fuss and education I have gotten the video deal down to the cost of an editorial illustration. Thanks to Bill Smee and everyone at Slate for giving this a go.  Shooting for one a week.  Let’s see what happens. I will put these up as I do them. A big difference between this and print is that success is measured in clicks . . . not only editorial decision preference. So your page-view really helps.  Hope you like.


In honor of opening day, who these ballplayers remind you of?


The Giants’ Brian Wilson?



Manny Ramirez?






Milton Bradley?


Strasburg and zimmerman

Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann?



See the full video at http://www.slatev.com/video/opening-day-meets-2012/


Gradually the events of this week became about our politics and, in a strange turn, Palin. What was really written on her hand all along? Her lack of moral leadership in the light of tragedy has been especially glaring.  As, in retrospect, is her rhetoric.   Strangely her gun-toting TV show ended this past weekend.  Here’s my take on the “old” Palin image (for Need to Know):

And the New Yorker:

From The Daily Heller

Steven Heller, esteemed art director, educator and all round design guru blasted scenes from tomorrow’s film by me on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” all over his Daily Heller this morning.  I will post that film asap. Many thanks to Mr. Heller and the guys who work on this project.  More on them soon.

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah

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Need to Know is a weekly PBS news magazine hosted by Alison Stewart and John Meachem, covering the week’s news with longer perspectives than a daily show. It airs Friday nights at 8:30 in NYC.  Since May, Steven Brodner has been a regular contributor of an animated illustration commentary. His latest segment (watch it tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 19) takes aim at the former governor Sarah Palin’s new eponymous TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” wherein the branding of Mrs. P continues, or as Brodner says, “politics can be completely divorced from policy.”

I asked Brodner to tell me about his reasons for creating this caricature-commentary:

What prompted this video? This video was prompted by a New Yorker assignment actually [below bottom].  I was asked to draw Palin for [TV Critic] Nancy Franklin’s recent review.  For this I saw clips of the [reality] show.  My reactions found their way into the NYr piece as well as the ideas for this film.

You mean Palin is not your favorite politician? Palin may or may not be a revolutionary politician.  The ways in which she is different from all the others are ways which seem to make her more popular with her base.  This suggests a kind of genius.  She may be perfect for the content-free, reality show world, where celebrity trumps all.

Have you developed a method of capturing her likeness, or will you be evolving this as time goes on?
I feel I am beginning to find my Palin. But she is a work in progress too.  We have perhaps that much in common!  We don’t know really what her face “means” until we see where she goes. Enough to want to stay tuned. Keeping lots of Pepto on hand, however.

Here is a previous episode. (The Refinery is the production house for this series /DP Jacob Williams, animator/editor Bryan Brinkman.)

The Sound of Sarah published in The New Yorker