Steve Brodner
Late and Lately
Here's an update of things done over recent months. I am combining editorial and stand-alone projects and personal gifts to people who have, incredibly, placed their delicate egos in my unpredicable hands. Grateful to them. And to everyone who appreciate what we do.
The Bushes as Game of Thrones family is a natural. This for the cover of the new Newsweek. Thanks to Priest and Grace.
Jeb for The Baffler. If you want to know about his education plan, follow the money. Thanks Patrick jb Flynn of the Flynnstitute.
Speaking of Newsweek: Tina Brown and Barry Diller for Politico: How to Lose $100 million.
I am also knee-deep in a book about the presidents. I hope I live long enough to finish it. Here are some heads from the project.
Speaking of presidents, my old friend Dennis Dittrich is wrapping up a long tenure as president of the Society of Illustrators. He asked for a portrait for the annual. He said, he wanted "the full treatment". I will never understand people. Anyway, he says he likes it. I'm glad because he is one wonderful, warm-hearted guy. And important to the great bonhomie of the SI. Honored, Dennis.
A triumphant Bill DeBlasio for a NY Observer cover.
Al Sharpton, my homie. Also for an Observer cover. As are the drawings to follow.
Peter Ward, labor leader.
Carmen Farina, NY education chancellor.
Chirlane McCray, NY's First Lady.
S. Donald Sussman, Top Democratic fundraiser. A series for The American Prospect, Mary Parsons, AD.
Amber and Steve Mostyn: turning Texas Blue
Haim Saban, Power Ranger mogul and funder.
Selfies are corrupting lit, says this piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott Seymour, AD.
This piece imagines what would have happened if Fran Drescher had had a nanny. For Tablet.
J Edgar Hoover. Not just another ugly face. Tablet.
DC blue-chip lobbyists Tony and Heather Podesta split up and, hence, would need to decide the destiny of their formidable art collection. For The Washingtonian. Michael Goesele, AD.
Glenn Dicterow, concert master of the NY Philharmonic retired this spring. I was asked by 'The Band" to paint him along with music directors spanning his 3 decades with the orchestra. A brilliant violinist and a lovely man.
Zubin Mehta
Kurt Mazur.
Current maesto, Alan Gilbert.
Taking it well, I thought.
Part of a stand-alone sequential, previewing summer movies for The Hollywood Reporter. Maleficent: starring, the Sultan of Brunai, whose house was boycotted by Sherry Lansing, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg. Peter Cury, AD.
John Kerry, as Sec. of State. Unchained. For The National Journal.
Victor Navasky in a wine tasting for an ad for The Nation Wine Club, which included the following:
Eleanor Roosevelt.
Molly Ivins.
James Baldwin.
Laura Ricketts, Cubs owner/Democratic fundraiser.
The College to Google Pipeline.
President of Himself, Chris Christie. Fortune.
Hillary Clinton, gamer. The American Prospect.
And lastly, Reagan. As I've always wanted to draw him. Crowing up dawns that were coming anyway. Here, heralding the new political season. Guaranteed to be filled with surprises. And, of course, that's what worries me.
Tonkin Ghosts
As we contemplate our next war(s), how many of them do you think were BS-based? Spain and Iraq come to mind. We are now at the 50th anniversary of a biggie: Vietnam. After the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, we were in it for keeps. And to our eternal regret. Here's how it happened, for the LA Times. Special props to Susan Brenneman, Sue Horton, Cherry Gee, editors and Wes Bausmith Creative Director.
On these sequentials now I do the pages and then each slide for the scroll-down or click-through on the site. And the typeface is my scrawl made into a font.
Here's how it looks online.

World War 3 Anthology
Great props to Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman and the gang at WW 3 Illustrated for this beautiful volume (published today!) documenting and celebrating the glorious 35 year journey under the flag of this brave comic. All artists with hearts, souls, brains, who feel their most important client is their own conscience. I respect and admire every one of these firends and colleagues. Tonight you can catch them and grab a book at Blue Stockings  here in NY. In any case get this book. Honored to be along for the first 35. Signed on for the next!
Keep 'em flyin'!
Sabrina Jones
Kuper's Oaxaca journals are excerpted here.
Eric Drooker
Kuper again.
Mac McGill
Sue Coe
Bob Art
Chiming in here about the SI event tonight, honoring our great friend and colleague Bob Newman. A group of artists have gathered to donate work to help get him through some very severe medical expenses. This is a labor of art, love and gratitude to a pal and guru to artists everywhere. In honor of the moment I have done a watercolor portrait of Bob. If you like, please bid. So grateful to Danny Hellman and the illustration community who got behind this effort. Here's to Bob: good health, and a long, beautiful, art-filled (and debt-free) life!
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