Great props to Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman and the gang at WW 3 Illustrated for this beautiful volume (published today!) documenting and celebrating the glorious 35 year journey under the flag of this brave comic. All artists with hearts, souls, brains, who feel their most important client is their own conscience. I respect and admire every one of these firends and colleagues. Tonight you can catch them and grab a book at Blue Stockings here in NY. In any case get this book. Honored to be along for the first 35. Signed on for the next!
Keep 'em flyin'!
Chiming in here about the SI event tonight, honoring our great friend and colleague Bob Newman. A group of artists have gathered to donate work to help get him through some very severe medical expenses. This is a labor of art, love and gratitude to a pal and guru to artists everywhere. In honor of the moment I have done a watercolor portrait of Bob. If you like, please bid. So grateful to Danny Hellman and the illustration community who got behind this effort. Here's to Bob: good health, and a long, beautiful, art-filled (and debt-free) life! BID HERE
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. To start, here's Pres. Obama doing great schtick slickly written by Jon Favreau et al. Much better material and delivery than by Joel Plugandplay.
Calvin Coolidge was the first president to attend.
In the 50's and 60's it was a Sinatra and Hope type of affair.
Helen Thomas was the first to break to the glass ceiling and pave the way for women reporters.
Michael Kelly shocked the gang by bringing Fawn Hall.
As did Ellen DeGeneres, later on, by bringing Anne Heche.
Then there was the year of Ozzie.
There was a year when Obama sported bangs. For some reason.
Remember when Seth Meyers said that Trump was not only on Fox but also had a fox on his head? Great.
Penn and Scarlett showed up together one night.
Arianna Huffington called Christie and Bon Jovi her "Jersey Boys". Ickkk.
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.
And for the same issue of Politico I illustrated a comprehensive review by Luke O'Brien of Tina Brown's excellent Newsweek adventure. She is seen here with Barry Diller and Sydney Harman.
Thanks to everyone at Politico and WaPO and also to the above who do so much for caricature!
For those of you who are in the Atlanta / Athens neck of the woods, please come on down to the University of Georgia at Athens this Thursday, where I will be presenting this years "Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture". Jack, as you all know, is the very embodiment of all things Mad in illustration. His signature work lept out of the pages of Mad Magazine and onto the American scene, defining the shape and tone of humorous illustration for a generation. I was one of those Mad-reading kids who would continually ask the Brooklyn candy store owner if the new issue were in yet. I cut my eye teeth, as they say, on his work and the usual gang of . . . heroes. I am very honored to be asked by the school to come down. Jack is a gentle and generous soul. You would never guess at what zaniness lurks!
Here is the list of past honorees I am delighted and very grateful to join.
Here's a little sketch I did of him for the occasion.
Here's an example of things Davis can do better than anyone else. He is a master of organizing great seething masses of creatures, usually in states of riotous calamity, to be not only readable as narrative, but also . . . very funny. His caricatures are connected to, and never apart from, his narrative and his voice.
So what else is new?
Well . . .
Here's my latest spread for The American Prospect.
Perhaps a little Jack-inspired, my grouping of the Lehman Brothers gang having a reunion. With the exception of one or two, these barons of industry, who went on a binge and crashed the economy, never went to jail, paid a fine nor suffered any public humiliation. In fact they are doing very well indeed.
Here's the spread.
Here are some close up views of these characters. Dick Fuld, the ring leader, did take a hit. That is why he's sweeping up. (I also like the fact that I can put a label on him that says "Dick".) They each wear buttons that indicate where they very happily live ever after.
Another Christie? Well, you know you can never get enough of a bad thing. This for Tim Leoung at Fortune.
John Kerry, Unbound, for The National Journal. A fun assignment, cut, alas, because it was assigned by an editor who himelf was cut before the final arrived. Ever have one of those days?
Here's an ad for The Nation, where I have been a contributor since, well, never mind. Art director Robert Best asked me to do an ad for the new Nation Wine Club. I asked for payment in bottles by the way. Didn't get far with that. BTW : Here's the CLUB: 12 wines for 70 bucks.
Anyway, my idea was to get a grouping of long-time Nation writers. They picked the names: James Baldwin, Gore Vidal, Eleanor Roosevelt, Abbey Hoffman and Molly Ivins. The piece above was done and delivered. And then a problem arose. The magazine didn't want to depict Molly or Abbey with libations. It looked, they felt, like a mockery of addiction, which in their cases, contributed to their demise. So, thanks to Photoshop, the problem was solved by replacing Molly with editor emeritus Victor Navasky and current editor and Hoffman with current Editor-in-cCief and Publisher, Katrina vanden Heuvel. This tough assignment finally went to press. And Victor (who recently wrote a book about caricature) and Katrina were great to work with.