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Mother Jones

DECEMBER 13, 2011

Tim Luddy from Mother Jones called last month in the nick of time. I was just finishing up a series of small, complicated illustrations that were taking on a guest who won’t leave position in the small pile of deadlines that were accumulating. Tim said that they were doing a story on Wall Street, the Occupy movement, and the idea of “Dark Money”. That phrase alone could launch an entire illustration show, and it gave me an idea for a short story that I’ve begun writing. My preference is always a simple strong image rather than a scattershot Cecile B. DeMille production, so this solution was a relief.
I just wish there was an oil paint smell filter you could add working digitally. Maybe a scratch and sniff option will be in future technologies...like paper?

Here are some ideas that were tossed around. The concept of course is the monied power class selling out America and Americans.
The old rich Fat Cat toying with Washington? Maybe.....nah.

A shady character "selling out" America? Looks more like he's a patriotic flasher. Nope.

I think Tim and I both kind of liked this. Well, I did. But Tim mentioned that they had already run a cover with some sort of life form taking a dump on the cover. And I did a Glenn Beck crapping on a full page last year. Tim in his wisdom decided to carefully step over this one. I still like the idea of putting money into that ugly piggy bank and only getting turds in return.

Almost there. This is meant as a Monopoly Man type of guy. I think the more disgusting version we settled on got the idea across without some of the distractions that this may have created, although this would have worked as well with the right lighting.

And after all this I circled back to my original doodle that I jotted down as I was speaking to Tim on the phone getting details about the assignment. Always go with your gut.