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Eminem-Without Me
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"It feels so empty without me." This is a piece I did for the Rolling Stone Record Review of The Eminem Show way back in 2002. It's currently on view as part of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators exhibit Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review.  The show runs until October twenty-second and the opening is September ninth. See you all there.


I recall thoroughly enjoying creating this work. It took me back to third grade in 1966 when Batman was all the rage with us kids. Over that summer I didn't go anywhere without my shoebox filled with Topps Batman cards, many of them painted by the great Norman Saunders. In those pre-dvd and dv-r days I'm sure I spent more time obsessing over those cards than I did on the tv show itself.
The Eminem song and video are pure silliness which appealed to me as well. Both were a big hit. The Eminem Show went on to become the biggest selling cd of 2002. I don't believe he would have had the same success without me.
Thanks to the wonderful Gail Anderson at Rollng Stone for thinking of me for this piece. I'd also like to thank Anelle Miller, Kate Feirtag, Katie Blocher, Leslie Feilder, Johnny Dombrowski and all of the terrific staff and associates at the Society of Illustrators.

Rejection form letter, circa late seventies/early eighties.


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