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Making Bullying Great Again

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2016 Election Art Edition

So you would think that with al the craziness surrounding Trump and the Republican Convention, I'd be having a field day. But in reality, it actually disgusted me to the point of not even wanting to acknowledge it. But I began sketching and was having quite a bit of fun with Chris Christie. As a life long Jersey boy, I always had an issue with our Governor, but refrained from drawing him out of respect for several family members who truly liked the guy. Plus, anytime I drew him, I was afraid people would think I was making fun of his size, and I didn't want it to be about that.

But watching the brash, bold, bully of a governor stand there silently supporting Trump in all those press conferences, made me actually feel a little bad for the guy… it HAD to be killing him. But, it was the choice he made to join forces with The Donald and so, all bets are off. I had begun this image before Christie was passed over for the #2 spot, so I revised it to fit the new reality. All that kissing up and he gets nothing. Now that's next-level bullying!

 

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.

Enjoy,
Mike
Creator of www.graphix4change.com

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2016 NYAACF Poster

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So for the 2016 NY Arab American Comedy Festival, we actually got to give a previous idea new life. Back in 2015, when the Republican Primaries were underway, the Festival’s organizers thought it would be a good idea to play with a Trump-Camel for the poster, but eventually changed to the now famous Star Wars parody. This was because no one actually thought Trump would go anywhere, and would probably fizzle-out by November.

Here we are, almost a year later, and Trump is the nominee, so time to bring Trump-Camel (I dubbed him “HUMP”) to life. I began with several sketches that looked more like Trump himself, but the general feeling was not to make Hump look mean, so his eyes went from squinty to the more traditional oval, and the orange was made to look spray-tanned. I came up with the idea for all the Tweets, and except for a few minor tweaks, all my original ideas were kept intact.

So if you are in the NY/NJ area, go check out this year’s Comedy Festival. Who knows, perhaps the real Trump will show up and try to sue for associating him with Arabs…


Islamophobia

 

Confederate Racism

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I actually started sketching this when they announced the Court's decision to uphold Gay marriage, so I shifted gears. But as you can see by the result in the first cartoon, I still had the Confederate Flag and the Charleston shootings on my mind. So rather than deal with gay marriage directly, I viewed it through the lens of those who feel threatened by recent events. And both address the fact that despite all the rulings and progress made, we still have done nothing about the prevalence of guns in our society.


 

Seymour Chwast, one of the legends that I learned about as an undergrad and now teach to my students, is currently exhibiting at the Society of Illustrators in NYC, as well as launching a Kickstarter for a new book entitled "At War With War". Just the thought of contributing to a legend like Mr. Chwast is thrilling, and the package deals like getting signed copies of out of print books and posters is an amazing opportunity for a design nerd like myself. If you have a love for design, or appreciate satirical war protest art, check out his new campaign at Kickstarter!

UPDATE: The goal to begin production of the book has been reached, but the campaign goes on with one week to go! Even though the monetary goal has been reached, the campaign still hopes to reach 1,000 backers to support peace. As an added thank you and to help grow the community of supporters, if they reach 1,000 backers Seymour will send a set of his Artist Postcards to everyone who has pledged for a reward. Please visit the Kickstarter page today!


 

I recently designed the logo for Attorney Seema Iyer's new podcast and Twitter feed, "The Bollywood Lawyer". If you are a fan of legal issues that are dealt with in a smart and witty way, check out Seema's podcasts, you might just learn something! Follow her at @seemaiyeresq