Friday, June 20, 2008

Blue Crab

Jaime and I caught a bunch of these guys at one of the docks while we were vacationing in North Carolina's outer banks recently. I love their interesting shapes and their natural color scheme. Also, their flavor.

Starting to really get into doing these "stickerish" sort of images without borders or environments.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Skim Fan Art

I drew this for Jillian Tamaki's recent fan art contest to try and snag me a sweet free copy of her recent graphic novel, Skim. Didn't quite make it, but if I am going to lose to anyone, I am at least happy it was the uber-talented Jeremy Sorese!

All of the sweet entries are on Jillian's website here. It's crazy to me that over a quarter of the entries are from SCAD students / alums.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Working the Ref

A frequently made assertion by pundits on the American right is that the mainstream news media, including most major newspapers and all of the major cable news networks (other than Fox News) have a left-wing bias. Though the claim that the corporate news media has a secret anti-conservative agenda is suspect at best, the “liberal media” has become a useful idea for conservatives, a whipping boy that allows them to claim persecution at the hands of a cabal of liberal journalists, and to gain leverage in the attempt to push news coverage to the right ("the center" they might claim). "If you watch any great coach," said Rich Bond, the 1992 chair of the republican party, "what they try to do is 'work the refs.' Maybe the ref will cut you a little slack on the next one."


With growing concern about climate change and rising energy costs, consumers are increasingly conscious about the environment, and also increasingly drawn to environmentally friendly products--one need only look at the car dealerships filled with unsold SUVs for evidence. Some corporations are more than happy to exploit the public's newfound environmental awareness, "Greenwashing" their corporate identity by launching PR campaigns to trumpet that they are "going green" or are now more "eco-friendly," without making the hard decisions and sacrifices that actually doing so would entail.

Flow of Information

Network neutrality is the principle that information sent and received on the internet should not be discriminated against, regardless of its type, source, or ownership. Network neutrality legislation would prevent telecommunications giants such as Comcast and AT&T from being able to “tier” internet traffic, deciding what information is transmitted swiftly, and what isn’t. Without it, these corporations have the potential to charge fees for the unimpeded flow of that information, or, worse still, influence the load times of competitors’ websites, search engines, internet services, and more. Each time we log onto the internet, we assume that we’ll be able to read the news, to communicate with our friends and associates and to download entertainment, all without interference. Net neutrality allows internet data and information to continue to flow unimpeded, making these assumptions possible.

An Imbalanced Diet

More than ever in the age of the internet, news consumers are faced with the temptation to immerse themselves in only the news sources that reinforce their current political point of view. Though the mere existence Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, and other news sites with a clear partisan agenda does not constitute a problem, I believe that we owe it to our country and ourselves to maintain a balanced news diet which contains ideas from all sides of the political spectrum. Otherwise, we risk demonization of opposing viewpoints, partisan gridlock, and intellectual apathy.

You either are or you ain't

The lack of attention I've been paying to this blog is pretty shameful, frankly. I've been on vacation since spring quarter ended and am just now managing to get some of my more recent work uploaded, so I've got a bit of a flurry of work here that will hopefully serve as atonement! Working on a thing or two right now, and I've been spending some more (much-needed) time in the old sketchbook as well--some of that may potentially appear on here sometime soon.

In the meantime, I've got a few political illustrations for ya'll. Enjoy!

Also, special thanks to the handful of people checking in regularly and giving me those helpful kicks in the pants--I really need those, once in a while!