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So with all the controversy surrounding the film American Sniper, I felt there was a cartoon in there somewhere. I am a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, and other than "Any Which Way You Can", I loved most every movie he's done. Full disclosure, I have NOT seen American Sniper, not out of ambivalence or protest, I just rarely go to the movies any more. But I'm sure I will see it once it comes to rentals. But knowing what I know about the movie, the book on which it is based, and the politicization it has created, I just felt that the reason for the Iraq War has been lost in the shuffle, as well as the true cost, both in dollars and lives.
Sure, Clint has every right to make the movie he wants, and the book tells the story of Chris Kyle from his point of view. Which is all well and good, but the resulting product treats a lot of cold hard facts about this period of American history as collateral damage.
The Right is always complaining about how Hollywood revises history for artistic effect, but this movie does the same with barely a peep. And since Americans have a notoriously bad grasp of history, and even worse memories, the film risks retelling history for a new generation.
And I couldn't resist including Clint's "empty chair" bit… at least Clyde from "Every Which Way You Can" had some personality...
What is Graphix4change?
Let’s start with what it is NOT:
• Graphix4change is not a militant organization.
• It is not a corporate entity, nor is it a non-profit organization.
• It is not even a grass-roots web movement.
It is simply the personal of an opinionated graphic designer and design instructor… me. It is my soapbox to rant, my wallboard to post signs on, my website connection to the great experiment called Democracy in America and to a larger extent the experiment of a democratic World Wide Web.
I have never sold advertising on the site, nor is the work funded by anyone other than myself. From time to time I get hired to create works for others (campaign literature, posters, etc.), or even sell images I’ve created privately, but in general I have used the site to post my personal work and made it available worldwide, for free.
Why would I do this? Not because I’m independently wealthy, but as a designer, most of the work I do is for hire for someone else’s message or product, and I wanted a venue to express my own political views that no one seemed to want to pay me for. And since political art only seems to ever find an audience in the art world every four years or so, posting images on-line allows for a 24/7/365 virtual exhibit without needing a physical venue.
I have the great fortune of having viewers, fans and detractors from countries all over the world, something I never could have achieved through my client work alone or by exhibiting solely in Chelsea.
So if you’ve made it through this far, thank you for taking the time to visit my little self-important site. Feel free to download images, contact me with comments and suggestions. And if you are looking to hire a smart-assed designer for your progressive cause, I’d be happy to be paid for what I do.
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