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Bush vs Gore

November 8th, 2016

Philadelphia Weekly

Back in the year 2000, I was asked to design two alternate covers for Philadelphia Weekly’s election issue. This issue would go to print on Tuesday night election night, and be in newsstands on Wednesday morning. One was to depict Bush winning (note the family car on its way to Canada) and the other would show Gore (the marching band with the guilty Nader voter). I recall being on the phone that afternoon with the art director, Jeff Cox, and him telling me the fear was that we’d get to midnight and still not know.
Well, most of us remember how that turned out. I woke up the next day hungover from the late night Florida surprise to find this third cover in the newspaper boxes around town. Jeff had to throw it together in 15 minutes when it was clear that the election wasn’t over. I remember being bummed that my cover would never see the light of day, and thinking that elections couldn’t ever get any worse than that one, and now the whole thing just seems so quaint.
I’m with Her.

the washington solution

February 21st, 2011

Referring to the maze posted in the last entry, and published in McSweeney’s The Goods. Click the image to make it bigger.

a maze for McSweeney

February 17th, 2011

If you shop, you know it’s President’s Day weekend coming up. If you read the paper, and we all know that no one reads the paper any more, you’ll also know it’s President’s Day. How? You might or may have seen this funny-shaped work of art:

This is in The Goods, which is a collection of fun and games and puzzles and tricks that will make you entertained and possibly forget about the bad news that newspapers are famous for. The Goods is courtesy of McSweeney’s and Tribune Media and includes many other artists of repute such as Adam Rex and Carson Ellis and Lane Smith and Jon Klassen and Sean Qualls and Jon Scieszka and Bob Shea.

Since you can’t turn this blog post around to see this better, as you can in a paper, I’ll upright it here for you.

Washington McSweeney

Saturday I’ll post the solution to the maze. In case it’s too hard for you.

eight long years ago

November 4th, 2008

A blast from election day past!

In 2000, I was asked by the Philadelphia Weekly to do the cover for the post-election day issue, which was to hit the stands the day after the Bush/Gore election. As you might recall, the election was extremely close going into the final days. The editors, art director and I decided that the best route was to do two covers. The expectation was that by the time the paper had to hit the presses it would be clear who had won.
Ha ha ha. Little did anyone know that it would actually be two months before anyone knew who “won.” After all that, the paper ended up running a picture of Ralph Nader on the cover (see below).
The best part was the getting to put in the little jokes at the bottom of these covers. Be sure to click on the images to see them larger.
And if you haven’t got out to vote yet, get off your computer and go do so!

Gore Wins cover
Bush Wins cover
Here’s the cover that actually ran the next day. As disappointed as I was as the illustrator of the other two, I thought it was pretty clever. Thanks to the former PW a.d. Jeff Cox for sending this cover along.
Ralph Nader cover

Of Great and Mortal Men

October 9th, 2008

A year or so ago, the amazing Keri Smith dropped me an email asking if I’d take part in a project that her husband, Jefferson Pitcher and two of his friends, Christian Kiefer and Matthew Gerken, were working on. It’s a collection of 43 songs, each about a different president. So, you know, there’s a song about Eisenhower. And one about Lincoln. And Reagan. Etc. I asked if I could have the one with the sideburns. And so I was asked to illustrate Chester Arthur, our 21st president.
So then yesterday, Oct 8, I hear a story about the project on National Public Radio and I find that they included my Arthur in the nice slideshow. You can read more about the project here, with links to buy the thing. Enjoy.

President Chester A. Arthur

September 25th, 2007

I got an email from Keri Smith recently asking me to be part of a project that involves presidents of the U.S. I requested good facial hair and as a result got Chester Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1829 – 1886).
I didn’t know much about this fellow, but I did some reading and lots of sketching. The final isn’t done yet, but here are two sketches. Stay tuned for more on this project.
Chester A Arthur sketch 2
Chester A Arthur sketch 1