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 website of an opinionated graphic designer and design instructor… me. It is my soapbox to rant, my wallboard to post signs on, my 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.
Creator of www.graphix4change.com
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Here is the first of two new cartoons I had sketched out but haven't had a chance to render until now. When President Obama announced his plan to expand the US presence in Iraq and conduct air strikes not only in Iraq but Syria as well, it went against the Administrations plans from a year ago, not to mention his first campaign. This is the last place Obama wanted to be and I'm sure he never thought he'd be the President to expand military presence in the Middle East. But here we are. My first thoughts when he gave his address was how much it reminded me of Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part 3: trying to finally rid himself of Mafia ties when suddenly the Mob pulls him back into the bloody business. My drawing includes formal Iraqi soldiers, lots of ISIS fighters, and a rag-tag group of Syrian civilian fighters, whom we would allegedly be arming. While looking for photo sources, I was struck by how many pre-teen boys were pictured helping fight, thus the boy with the much too large gun.
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It seems I need to alter the title of my running strip "the Teabagg'rs", as the actions commented on are not directly from the Tea Party (although the motive is similar), but regarding the ruling of the Supreme Court, I wouldn't call Justice Alito and Scalia "Teabaggers", but more of the general "douchbag" variety.
"The Teabagg'rs", a new line of cuddly political action figures are here! These toys mark a first in the Graphix4Change style, as "The Teabagg'rs" are not a parody of any particular product, but rather an original concept that continues to play with the themes of politics and consumerism.
The Associated Press article hit the wires and spread all over the web and broadcast news... including FOX News (Download PDF version of story) . Thanks to all who sent supportive emails. To reiterate, since some of the news broadcasts were not clear: the Patriot Act: The Home Version game is not for retail sale. It is only available as a free download. The four actual games that were created exist for exhibit use and are only available for sale or loan to museums or galleries (currently one is collecting dust at the Puffin Institute). To date I have not made any profit from this project, and have declined the ability to do so.