'Toon of the Day

Islamophobia Confederate Racism

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There has been so much happening it's hard to keep up. Needless to say, some cartoons will be coming out-of-order from the news cycle. I wanted to start with this one even though I had begun others because the rulings were just too important and surprising to many. Again, more images will be coming on these topics, but had to start off with this...

...Closely followed by the one on the right. 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.

More drawings to come… June is proving to be a busy month!

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

Current

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!


 

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


 

Islamophobia

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Above is my entry to The Dean Obeidallah Show's “Draw your favorite Islamphobe contest”. Dean is a friend whom I have worked with on past comedy festivals and his new show on Sirius XM continues to use comedy to fight prejudice. Obviously this contest is inspired by anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller’s “draw the Prophet Mohammed” contest in Garland, Texas. You can draw your own cartoon and send it to Dean at submissions@thedeansreport.com. The winner will be announced on his show Saturday May 16th.

Update: I didn't win, because there were some very smart entires submitted. Kudos to Dean for a witty counter-protest!