Saturday, December 31, 2011

Farscape’s John Crichton and Aeryn Sun


I made this illustration as a holiday gift for a friend of mine in the UK. She is a fellow fan of the science fiction television series Farscape. Farscape ran for 4 seasons on the SyFy channel from 1999-2003. I discovered the series recently on Netflix and became an instant fan.  The love story between the two main characters, John Crichton (Ben Browder) and Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) is what really makes the show outstanding. I call it a love that transcends space and time. I became infatuated with the series and think that Farscape has to be one of the best science fiction shows ever created. All four seasons were released on Blu Ray this past November so I highly recommend checking it out. My hope is that a Farscape movie will be made someday but only if it stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black of course. Well I guess this is my last blog post for the year 2011. I want to wish all my blog readers a very safe and Happy New Year! See you next year.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un


Kim Jong Il's successor, Kim Jong Un officially took over for his father today when North Korea's power brokers publicly declared Kim Jong Un the country's "supreme leader." The event took place at an enormous public memorial for Kim Jong Il, securing the family's power hold for another generation.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011


Today the world lost legendary author and journalist, Christopher Hitchens. Thank you for being a bright light of reason and logic, Mr. Hitchens. You will be missed more than words can express..
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Dan Siegel


Day ten and the final day in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is former legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Dan Siegel. Mayor Jean Quan authorized the raid on the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14th. This was the raid where 24 year old Iraq War veteran, Scott Olsen was critically injured with a scull fracture. After the raid on the Occupy Oakland protest, Siegel effectively resigned as legal adviser to the mayor out of frustration and in support of the occupy movement. Shortly after the raid Siegel left this tweet: "No longer Mayor Quan's legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators."  Here Siegel talked with Rachel Maddow about his decision to resign and his belief that Mayor Jean Quan was pushed into going against her principles to authorize the raid.

That concludes the series. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. I would like to give a big thank you to Author and Blogger for The Nation, Greg Mitchell, Mother Jones' publisher, Steve Katz and Boston Review magazine for sharing the series along the way. Also a very special thank you goes to Jessy C. for suggesting Boots Riley.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Susie Cagle


Day nine in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle. Cagle was tear-gassed and arrested during the Occupy Oakland protests while covering the event. I was on twitter following live updates of the Occupy Oakland protests when I heard of Cagle’s arrest as it happened. Cagle’s Dad, political cartoonist for MSNBC, Daryl Cagle posted this shocking video of Susie being tear-gassed on his website. Here Cagle talked with ABC7 News about her arrest by Oakland police. I really wanted to include Cagle because she is a fellow artist and as an artist I think her participation in the movement matters enormously.  In a way I feel like every artist should be involved in the occupy movement in some form although sadly, many of the artists that I know of have remained silent on the issue for the most part. For more info and to view some of Cagle’s illustrations from the scene, her blog “This Is What Concerns Me” can be followed here.
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Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Mark Read


Day eight in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is occupier, Mark Read. Read organized the technically amazing occupy “bat-signal” that appeared during the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action in New York on November 17th. The signal was projected onto the side of the Verizon building so that it could be visible to the OWS protestors from the Brooklyn Bridge. Here Read talked with Rachel Maddow in detail about where he came up with the idea and how he managed to pull it off.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Boots Riley


Day seven in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is activist and lead vocalist for the group The Coup, Boots Riley. As a resident of Oakland, Riley has helped galvanize the Occupy Oakland movement at the grassroots level. He is responsible for boosting demonstrators’ morale and dismissing rumors. In addition, Riley has spearheaded the upcoming West Coast Port Shutdown effort taking place on December 12th. Here Riley talks with RT News about his dissatisfaction with the inequality in the US and possible solutions to these problems. A big thank you goes to occupier Jessy C. for suggesting Riley.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Dorli Rainey


Day six in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is 84 year old occupier, Dorli Rainey. On November 17th Rainey was pepper sprayed in the face by police at Occupy Seattle. Here Rainy talked with Keith Olbermann about her experience with the Seattle police, the propaganda in the media to paint Occupy protesters as “crazy druggies,” and the media's focus on entertainment news in lieu of important issues. During the interview with Olbermann Rainey also mentioned that she lived under Goebbels and throughout her life she’s always been involved in these types of civil rights demonstrations. Rainey’s blog entitled “Old Lady in Combat Boots” can be read here.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Celeste Langan


Day five in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is University of California Berkeley English professor, Celeste Langan. Langan was arrested during a protest on the UCB campus in November. In this video of the clash with police posted on youtube you can see Langan peacefully holding out her arms to police offering to be arrested. The police then grab her by the hair and aggressively pull her to the ground. It’s disturbing and heartbreaking to watch. If any of my college professors would have stood up like that they would have truly been my hero for life. Another video shows the police in riot gear hitting UCB students with their batons. I really wanted to include Langan not only because she was arrested but also because, like most of these incidents, it was largely ignored by the media. Here on her blog Langan describes how and why she got arrested.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Scott Campbell


Day four in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is amateur videographer Scott Campbell. Campbell was hit with a rubber bullet by police during the Occupy Oakland protests while recording Oakland police lined up in their riot gear. In this video that Campbell took of the incident you can see that he was fired at without warning and he wasn’t doing anything that would justify being shot at by Oakland police. Campbell later posted a gruesome twitpic of his injury. Here Campbell talked with Keith Olbermann about the unprovoked attack. When Olbermann asked if Oakland police gave him any notice before they fired Campbell replied, “What you see in the video is exactly what happened.”
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Ray Lewis


Day three in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is retired Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis. On November 17th Lewis changed the game and decided to willingly be arrested in solidarity during the Occupy Wall Street “Day of Action” in New York. As a former officer, Lewis offers an invaluable perspective from the side of the police. Here Lewis talks on the panel with Chris Hayes about his experience of being arrested by the NYPD and his unique position as both an occupier and a retired officer.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Tim Pool


Day two in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is journalist from Chicago, Tim Pool. Pool works for the independent reporting group The Other 99. He is famous for his grueling, 21 hour live Ustream of the protests from New York. I was totally glued to Pool’s continuous live stream of the protests when Liberty Park was raided by the NYPD. I can’t imagine live streaming for 21 hours. At one point Pool was so weak he asked anyone in the crowd if they had a banana he could eat. Pool’s live stream can be viewed here at http://www.ustream.tv/TheOther99 Thank you Tim for letting the whole world view Occupy Wall Street live and literally making the chant “the whole world is watching” spot on.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days


I’m starting a new series and this time I’m paying tribute to outstanding heroes of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I will post one OWS hero a day for ten days. To be clear this is not a “top ten list” this is simply ten exceptional people in no particular order who I think deserve recognition for their contribution to the movement. I want to pay tribute to these heroes of Occupy Wall Street and remind everyone that their efforts are not forgotten and were not in vain.
To start the most obvious choice is 24 year old Iraq war veteran and Occupy Oakland protester, Scott Olsen. Olsen was reportedly working during the day and attending the Occupy Oakland protests at night. On October 25th Olsen was hospitalized with a skull fracture after being hit in the head with a tear gas canister by Oakland police. In this video that surfaced on youtube you can see Olsen moments before being hit by the tear gas canister. Another video featured here on the morning show Up with Chris Hayes, clearly shows an Oakland police officer throwing another projectile into the crowd that rushed to Olsen’s aid after he was injured. More recently Olsen talked with political commentator, Ed Schultz about his ordeal. During the interview with Schultz it became clear that Olsen’s speech has been compromised as a result of his injuries. Because of his veteran status and his injuries Olsen has become a symbol of solidarity for occupiers everywhere and these kinds of clashes with police have only served to propel the movement further.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ella and Cornucopia



This is an illustration that I made as a gift for my friend Charles of his beloved dog Ella. Isn’t she cute? Charles is program leader of SEED Wayne at Wayne State University in Detroit. SEED Wayne is the agriculture program at Wayne State University that works with community based organizations to promote food planning and policy development which allows urban areas better access to fresh, healthy produce. Here Charles talks with Youth Neighborhood News about the various programs that SEED Wayne sponsors.

The fruit and vegetable cornucopia is something my editor wanted for a Thanksgiving article in the November issue of CMP magazine. The cornucopia is unrelated to Ella but I just thought it was fitting to include it in this blog post that mentioned SEED Wayne. I would like to wish all my blog readers and their families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Joe Frazier and Heavy D



This past week the world tragically lost two great men, boxing legend Joe Frazier and legendary rapper Heavy D.  Frazier (aka Smokin' Joe) was best known for his battle with Muhammed Ali in 1971 where he became the first man to beat Ali during the Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden. Frazier died Monday November 7th at the age of 67 after his final battle with liver cancer. As I was working on this tribute illustration to Frazier I heard the shocking news of Heavy D’s passing at the age of 44. I grew up listening to Heavy D and remember many of his fun hits including “Now That We Found Love” and “Girls They Love Me” where he proclaimed himself as the "overweight lover." I was especially fond of his contribution to Janet Jackson’s song and music video “Alright” because I think this was when he established himself as, not merely a rapper, but a true pop star that was outstanding enough to perform with the best in the business. Throughout his career he also dabbled in acting where he played small roles in the films The Cider House Rules and Life, as well as parts in the television shows Bones and Boston Public. His last film role was a cameo in the recent blockbuster Tower Heist. He was known for his optimistic tweets and ironically one of his last tweets was in tribute to Joe Frazier where he said, “SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER..RIP.. truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED,MR FRAZIER!"  In one of his last interviews with TMZ when asked which he liked better, singing or acting he replied “I really love anything artistic, it’s kinda my freedom.” On Tuesday November 8th Heavy D would leave his final tweet, “BE INSPIRED!” I promise I will.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Scene 4


There is so much to talk about regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement. This week a general strike was held in Oakland, CA by occupy protestors and supporters. Recently Rachel Maddow talked on her show about the rarity of a general strike and Bank Transfer Day which is the Occupy protestors’ commitment on November 5th to move their money from big banks to credit unions. Later she talked with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Ron Suskind about President Obama’s support for a federal transaction tax which would raise revenue and stamp out speculative trading and behavior. Last night Maddow also had this outstanding interview with Author, Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket about his thirteen observations on the Occupy Wall Street protests that he wrote for the Occupy Writers website. Earlier this month Ms. Maddow reported about how the income gap has grown enormously in the last thirty years since Reagan’s trickle down economics and later she had this great talk on her show with contributing editor for  Salon and author of the new book, “With Liberty and Justice for Some,” Glenn Greenwald about how the 99% are now viewing the 1% as beneficiaries of an unfair justice system where powerful people are not prosecuted for crimes. Maddow said of Greenwald’s new book, “I liked it so much I blurbed it on the back and I don’t go around blurbing willy nilly.” Maddow more recently analyzed the Occupy movement with filmmaker and author, Michael Moore. The Moore interview is in two parts which can be viewed here and here. Columnist Frank Rich wrote this amazing piece about the Occupy movement for New York magazine entitled “The Class War Has Begun.” The Huffington Post recently featured this article about how a new poll shows even millionaires want to raise taxes on other millionaires. Finally, Executive Editor of TheNation.com, Richard Kim wrote this great article, “The Audacity of Occupy Wall Street” based on three weeks of field reporting at Occupy Wall Street.

I plan on doing more Occupy Wall Street illustrations but I'm going to shift gears and focus away from the police brutality and more on the Occupy protestors and the movement.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rick Perry Cuddling Syrup


Okay so by now everyone has probably seen the Rick Perry New Hampshire footage. I tried to avoid it. I didn’t want to see it. But finally I have seen it and now I can’t get the image of Rick Perry cuddling syrup out of my head. Come on, Rick Perry cuddling syrup that’s funny!
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Scene 3


The Occupy movement has been growing all over the country. As I mentioned in my previous post, a big development happened recently when 24-year-old Iraq War veteran, Scott Olsen was critically injured by a police projectile and was hospitalized with a skull fracture during a raid on the Occupy Oakland protest Tuesday. On the first hour of his new morning show Saturday, Chris Hayes talked with Director of Progressive Advocacy Group Demos, Heather McGhee and Senior Editor of The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates about how these clashes with police have only propelled the Occupy Movement further and how the movement has now gone international from England to Tahrir Square. Later in the same hour Hayes had a great talk with former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer about how the Occupy Movement has focused the national debate to inequality and the propaganda campaign on the right to demonize the protests as anti-semitic. Later in the show Hayes also talked with U.S. News and World Report Editor in Chief, Mort Zuckerman about the dysfunctionality of the current tax system.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Mayor Jean Quan


There is more developing news regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests. Police raided the "Occupy Oakland" protestors’ camp in Oakland, California Tuesday. One of the protestors, an Iraq War Veteran, Scott Olsen was apparently hit in the head with a projectile by police. Olsen was critically injured and suffered a fractured skull as a result. Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan said during a press conference yesterday “I feel that we are all part of the 99% including the police and city workers.” It is now being reported that Quan will attend an Occupy Oakland demonstration where she is expected to address the protestors. This comes after Political Commentator, Keith Olbermann called for Quan’s resignation in an emotionally charged Special Comment on his show after news of the police raid broke. Quan was at a meeting in Washington D.C. when she authorized the Occupy Oakland raid.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Scene 2


Weeks have passed and there’s still so much to talk about regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests. The other day Freelance Writer and Photographer, John Gatta sent out this great tweet about the Occupy Wall Street Protestors: "If only they'd walk around in Colonial costumes, call prez hitler and carry rifles, police and msm would treat 'em as heroes." I thought that summed it up nicely. One of the main demands of the protestors has been tougher regulations on Wall Street. Rachel Maddow recently had this really great talk with Columnist for The Washington Post, Ezra Klein about how the current crop of Republican presidential candidates actually want to roll back regulations to before the Enron scandal. Tulane Professor, Melissa Harris-Perry had an outstanding talk recently with Author, Tom Wise about the new Occupy Wall Street development in Harlem, white privilege and the meaning of race work in a solidarity movement like Occupy Wall Street. On a much lighter note the website Funny or Die posted this hilarious parody video "Occupy Main Street." I highly recommend it for the entertainment value.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Scene 1


I’m working on a new series of illustrations about the Occupy Wall Street protests. This time I’m going to focus on all the evidence of police brutality surrounding the protests. There has been mounting evidence of the unnecessary treatment of the protestors by the NYPD and it just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The website Gawker posted an article with a video recently describing how a woman was arrested allegedly after her and a group of protestors closed their accounts at Citibank. Another video has surfaced from inside the bank which seems to further back up this claim. Senior Writer at AlterNet, Joshua Holland wrote a really good article recently about some of the arrests around Occupy Wall Street. San Francisco based Reporter for Mother Jones, Josh Harkinson has been in New York covering the demonstrations and he also just wrote this really great article about how some NYPD officers are sympathetic to the cause.  Finally, Political Reporter for the Huffington Post, Jason Linkins wrote this great article about how the protests are actually changing the media narrative. I’m going to be making more illos of OWS scenes so stay tuned.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Barbara Gittings: Gone But Not Forgotten


I made this montage illustration for an article in Central Mass. Pride magazine that paid tribute to the late Barbara Gittings (1932 – 2007). Gittings was a champion of the civil rights movement for the LGBT community in the 50s, 60s and 70s. In the 70s she was instrumental in getting the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from being classified as a form of mental illness. Gittings received several honors for her tireless work as an activist for LGBT civil rights, including awards from the American Library Association and The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Shortly after her passing in 2007, a memorial service was held in honor of Gittings in Philadelphia. When the director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Matt Foreman spoke at the service, he said of her efforts for the LGBT community, "What do we owe Barbara? Everything."
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Monday, October 17, 2011

City Hall Common


This is an illustration of the Worcester, Massachusetts city hall building for Central Massachusetts Pride magazine in honor of the city’s annual pride celebration moving its location. It was originally for an interior illustration with the article but my editor surprised me and decided to use it for the magazine’s cover illustration. Big ups to Editorial Director, Mike Monopoli and Art Director, Chris Miller.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators in Ten Days: Vikki and Raena


The Tenth and final day in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators in Ten Days series is mother and daughter, Vikki and Raena. Okay so I cheated a little because there’s two and technically that makes it eleven demonstrators. I just liked the idea of featuring a mother and daughter for the final day.

I just want to share a couple more links. Last night Rachel Maddow talked with Comedian and Host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher about the Occupy Wall Street protests. The interview was in two parts which can be viewed here and here. Again, here is a great list of resources compiled by Associate Publisher of The Nation, Peter Rothberg for anyone interested in supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement. Finally for a better understanding of the reasoning behind the protests I want to recommend to everyone the 2010 documentary film Inside Job narrated by Matt Damon.  The film meticulously documents the financial crisis and lays it all out in a way that anyone can understand. Inside Job won an Oscar in 2010 for Best Documentary Feature.

That concludes the series I hope everyone enjoyed it. I want to give a big thank you to everyone who sent me nice messages on twitter and a very special thank you to Mother Jones Senior Editor, Michael Mechanic, Senior Editor at AlterNet, Joshua Holland, Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout.org, Jason Leopold, Freelance Writer, Anna Pulley, Radio Host, Sam Seder and The Week Magazine for sharing the series along the way.

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