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Masterful Marks
I'm privileged to be part of this collection of graphic biographies celebrating the lives of visionary cartoonists.  It is art directed and edited by the venerable Monte Beauchamp and published by Simon & Schuster. It hits the streets September 2.   The...
Chicago Lit Fest Poster
I seem to get a lot of these book/reading related assignments (not that I'm complaining). This is an annual event in Chicago (Noah Woods created last year's beautiful poster design). I was asked to try and incorporate the iconic Dearborn Station clock tower (the neighborhood where the...
Adventures in Facial Hair
One of the things I love about drawger is that the posts run the gamut from the socially/politically trenchant to the sublimely inconsequential—I believe this would fall into the latter category (well...maybe not the sublime part). And the timing worked out for Bob D's birthday. This...
But Is It Art?
Yes, the artist references are not exactly au courant, but this was created for an "Arts & Culture" themed issue of a local publication in the 'burbs—had to stick with reasonably recognizable names...
The Amazing Raymond
Just before the holidays, I was asked by my friend Stuart Karten (industrial designer extraordinaire), to create a wine label for a custom-bottling through Eric Kent Wine Cellars as a gift for one of his clients. The brief was brief: "He's an amazing guy and his name is...
Political Fact-Checkers
This piece accompanied an excellent article by David Corn in the Sept/Oct issue of Mother Jones (the one with Mr. Stephanos' fine cover). This blithe disregard for facts on the part of politicians was on full display from both candidates in the recent presidential debates... ...
SoCal Tans
This is a piece I pitched to Los Angeles Magazine a few months ago that missed the final cut for their summer issue. I'm still waiting to hear back from Melanin Monthly...
The Licentious Nutcracker
In keeping with the Kim Jong Il theme of degenerate characters, here's another story of an image subjected to the scrutiny of wary editors afraid of offending their readership. This one, a recent cover for the Chicago Trib's Sunday mag, squeaked through after much handwringing and a few...
Ali Ferzat Beating
Earlier today the brave Syrian cartoonist, and critic of Bashar Assad's thuggish regime, was pulled out of his car by masked gunmen. They beat him, breaking his hands, before dumping him on the side of the road. The assailants reportedly said, "We will break your hands so that...