The Nation celebrates its 150 anniversary this month with a splashy 200+ page special issue. I am very honored to have been asked to participate. I chose to highlight the six most influential editors going back to right after the Civil War. Next to each is a scrambled doodle concoction of pertinent events. The Nation is essential reading for me each week and has been for over 20 years. American history is a recurring dream (or nightmare) with many of the same events getting up in new clothes before coming at us again. Greed, poverty, racism, war, reform. We see them anew each generation. Seeing how all the generations of activists have dealt with them makes us stronger for the current and battles to come. Especially given current events, The Nation has never been more urgently needed than right now.
The page as it runs in the issue.
E.L. Godkin, fervent abolitionist. But then the original Mr. 1%.
Carey McWilliams, editor during the post-WWII years. A great campaigner against McCarthyism, for civil rights and peace.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, current editor and a great one; fighting for all the right causes. Warning of a new cold war, as well as precious rights being stripped away at home. Expanding the Nation online and onto devoices everywhere. And a great supporter of illustration by the way. Great thanks to her, Roane Carey, D.D, Guttenplan, and Robert Best, our Creative Director who made it all work.
The doodle-goria was very inspired by the work of John Hendrix who puts more great ideas in a small space than anyone ever.
Here’s the first Gilded Age.
The real flag they should have carried into WWI.
Nixon and his creator.
The New Gilded Age. Already in progress.
The Daily Wars . . . likewise.
On the cover of last Sunday’s Times Style section:
The View. Thanks to Rodrigo Honeywell, AD
Hellzapoppin’ this week. This piece for The New Republic’s meditation on the Pope’s new Climate action. Thanks to designer Andrew Horton. Story here.
For Janet Michaud at Politico: the day Koch and Soros came together on prison reform. Believe it or else. Story here.
My GQ Dumbest Quotes of the Month are in and they ain’t pretty. Intrepid designer Martin Salazar brings them to life here: GQ.
Thanks to him, the legendary Fred Woodward and the quotable celebs for this month’s journey.
Finally some good news for the GOP Congress.
They’re in the Communication Arts Annual! Congrats guys! Also thanks to Robert Best, Katrina vanden Heuvel, my intrepid editors at The Nation!
This week it was my great honor to be profiled in the NY Observer by Cynthia Cotts on the ideas of some the leading professors in NY! Grateful to her and the NY Observer.
I was asked this week by The New York Observer to contribute something to a section on the Paris atrocity. So much as been said. I wish the families and in fact all of us the strength to get through this time. Our lives and democracy are under siege. I knew Tignous, judged a Dogan contest with him in Istanbul. A more gentle, funny, light-hearted soul you would never meet. This is a world gone dangerously mad in 3D. Rather than draw another brave artist (can’t get enough of those) I wanted to discuss the nexus between the terrorists and the far right in Europe. There is a neo-Nazi group in many countries waiting for such events to seize power as the Bushcheneys did here. Fascism surrounds. Know your enemy, I would like to say, it isn’t Islam. It is Fascim and hate.
This January marks the inauguration of Jerry Brown, California’s youngest (since 1863) and oldest governor. Here’s my telling of his story.Thanks to Susan Brenneman and Wes Bausmith of the LA Times.
Here, at last, are The Dumbest Quotes of 2014, for GQ. See the whole gang at: http://www.gq.com/trend-list/dumbest-quotes-2014/1Researched, written, illustrated by meself, with great design (and animation help) help from Fred Woodward, Martin Salazar, and fact checking from Sarah Ball. It was a very good year . . . for stupid.
The Toni Morrison Bookshelf: given to the Nobel Prize winning author at The Nation Institute Gala Dec. 8, 2014 (she told me she loved it!). Sweet.
That same night at the CIO awards presentation, these characters made their debut. My cover and gatefold for SooJin Buzelli and CIO magazine.
The moral life of genius. For Nautilus. And the great Len Small, CD.
In this week’s The Nation. Great help here from Roane Carey, Muna Mire and Robert Best. Great collabs.
For the Boston Globe:
The Scott Brown / Jeanne Shaheen senate race may all come down to the question: who is most “New Hampshire”?
Great thanks this week to Lauren Draper and the gang at The NY Observer for this fun cover of music wizard Jason Flom. Special thanks to Katy Perry and Jessie J!
FIFA’s Sepp Blatter looks like his name. And so does his reputation.
For 8X8. Thanks to Priest + Grace.
My cover for The Texas Observer. This isn’t about fracking. It is what happen when Keystone digs up your land for their tar sands pipeline. You become a waste management expert.
Here is my page for the LA Times commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam war. All based on a lie.
See it at the Times site HERE.
See it HERE.
Politics, like rust, never rests, although drawing politics is very restful to me. Here’s the result of some very serene hours in my studio. Also find below some gift-art for really wonderful people (who are especially wonderful for forgiving these).
George II of the Game of Bushes
Jeb the Younger
Newsweek, back and beautiful.
Jeb for The Baffler.
Tina Brown for Politico Magazine,
and her pal Barry Diller.
New portraits for my presidents project. Obama here,
Speaking of presidents, Dennis Dittrich is in his last term as president of the Society of Illustrators. Always a warm, nurturing presence, at the SI or the classroom. And a friend for over 20 years. Your humble artist was asked to render Dennis (so to speak) for the next annual.
Bill deBlasio for The NY Observer,
For another NY Observer cover, my old pal, Al Sharpton.
Some Democratic donors: S. Donald Sussman,
Tom Steyer (oiy).
Freud and friends do a selfie for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Ozzy Osbourne, Washington Post.
Fran Drescher as a kid, for Tablet.
JEH for Tablet
and his delightful wife, Heather, for The Washimgtonian.
Rockefeller heir, Democratic donor Alida Messinger.
Another gift piece, asked by the NY Philharmonic to paint Glenn Dicterow, retiring concert master, with music directors he has played with over the years:
and the current MD, Alan Gilbert.
He took it very well. A delightful man who will, we hope, keep making beautiful music.
For a summer movies story, written and drawn by me, for The Hollywood Reporter.
John Kerry for The National Journal
Woody, for an Oscars article, written and drawn by me, for The Los Angeles Tmes.
The legendary editor Victor Navasky for The Nation Wine Club, with
Democratic Donor and Cubs owner Laura Ricketts
The always exciting Helen Thomas, Politico Magazine,
Tom Brokaw. The Washington Post.
The College-to-Google Pipeline
A Jersey scofflaw. Fortune magazine.
Hillary, armed and dangerous. American Prospect.
Reagan, as I’ve always seen him. A showboating gas-bag most fowl.