Randy Jones
June 2009
The Barack and Michelle Obama Paper Doll and Cut-Out Book published by St. Martin's Press
Around the Presidential Inauguration John Boswell called me up with his idea about an Obama paper-doll book. I was thrilled. I remembered the wonderful cut-out books of "The Ronald and Nancy Reagan" and "Prince Charles and Princess Diana" that he had produced. My wife Susann Ferris Jones, has worked with John on other book projects. She used to work as a fabric designer. When I first drew Barack and Michelle their arms were down at their sides. John noticed that when Barack would articulate a point, he would gesture with his thumb and forefinger in the air. One of the spreads, A Day of Work, shows Barack holding his ubiquitous Blackberry in the same hand.
Spread for "First Day of Work", featuring the clothes the Obamas wore on their first full day in the White House.
"Inaugural Ball"

On Sunday Morning May 17 the book was introduced on Cindy Adams segment of The Weekend Today Show. Monday May 18, it headed her column in the New York Post. Goldberg also mentioned it on The View, and it was mentioned in Essence on line. There was also an article on them in the Chicago Tribune.

Here is the St Martin's press release.

David Carradine's Celebrity Death Haiku
The Celebrity Death Haiku was created by my friend Larry Peterson. I've known him for years and we've worked on several projects together; he even calls sometimes when a celebrity hasn't died. Go to the link below for a look at my drawings and his haiku. And feel free to leave your own comments or write your own haiku for David Carradine and other dead famous people (or is it famous dead people?). Either way, our motto is: They may be dead, but they're still famous!
1936 - 2009
Did you know he starred
In the film My Suicide?
Death imitates art.
— Jeff Tiedrich

Beat death to the punch
We know how but not why; just
That Bill killed himself
— Lairbo Posted at 04:31 PM 
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