Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trump Dump

You may, like many people, understandably have Trump story fatigue. If so I apologize, but here are a few recent pieces concerning Trump, his State of the Union, his border wall, and... actually the third doesn't really concern Trump per se, but is definitely affected by his policies, as well as previous president's policies. This first was a piece for The New Yorker on the State of the Union:

 It's a collage that refers to both party's views on the condition of the country. For Republicans, it's the "American Carnage" they see as a result of the Obama years. For Democrats, the apocalypse happening in real time due to Trump's presidency. Read the piece here.

Next is an Op-Ed by novelist Luis Alberto Urrea, for the New York Times Sunday Review several weeks back, on Trump's glorious border wall. Urrea makes clear that this project is little more than one giant grift that will suck millions of dollars of taxpayer money and provide little in return (due to the fact that the number of immigrants caught crossing the border illegally is already the lowest it's been in decades). Read that one here.

Here's a view of the page:

And most recently, another Op-Ed for The New York Times from last week, on the fact that immigrants being detained and awaiting deportation are being treated like slaves, forced to perform unpaid labor at the for-profit detention sites where they're held. Fortunately, these practices are being met with lawsuits, and the for-profit prisons have been losing. Read the Op-Ed here.

Thank you to all my ADs on these! Hope to get back to posting in a more timely manner. Stay tuned.

Once Bitcoin, twice shy

I worked with AD Josue Evilla for something for Fortune recently. Josue and I go way back to when he was at the Boston Globe. He gave me many assignments over the years, and has always been a pleasure to work with. Anyway, this story concerns the fact that the U.S. government is sitting on millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin, seized after busting smuggling rings and other illegal activities. The problem is that this nest egg is largely hidden from public accounting, and has been mishandled and even stolen in some cases.

See the article, and a very informative video here. Thank you to Josue!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Better late than never?

Should have posted this- along with several things I plan on updating the blog with soon- months ago. It's been pretty busy around here for a while now, and I've neglected the blog. I try to update my website fairly regularly though, so if you've visited that recently you'll likely have seen some of that work already. Anyway, I received my copy of the American Illustration Annual #36 several months ago. It's a beautiful book, and this year the design is such that you can disassemble it to take sheets out, and rearrange as you please. My piece for an L.A. Times' story on recent film releases was included:

More work to be posted shortly. Stay tuned... same bat time, uh, similar bat channel.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

A little late, but it's still January, so it counts. A note about the end of 2017- I was surprised and happy to learn that a couple of my Op-Ed illustrations from last year made it onto The New York Times' Year in Illustration 2017 list. Compiled every year is a selection of images made for the paper, chosen by the art directors. No surprise that both were for articles on Trump- as were many of the pieces in the selection. In fact, the first piece of mine is included in a group of illustrations specifically geared toward the subject of 'ol Donnie. This one was on his handling of issues in the Middle East:

As art director Nathan Huang explained it: "A year of Trump-related articles requires a year's worth of Trump-related imagery. How do we avoid repeating the same images over and over? Brilliant illustrators to the rescue."

My second illustration was from early on in the Trump presidency, when the calls for an investigation into his ties to Russia were first being made:

 I actually received quite a bit of positive feedback on this one, from art directors and illustrators, as well as regular readers of the paper.

Thank you to all my ADs at The Times, for all the opportunities to contribute. Looking forward to another year!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Afflicting the afflicted and comforting the comfortable

Here's a piece of mine for the Chronicle of Higher Education's Chronicle Review. This issue focused on an important subject:inequality. The article lists the ways that higher education hurts the poor and working class, and helps the elite:

It requires a subscription to read, but you can get to the article here. Thank you to my AD, Scott!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rove versus Bannon

Here's a recent piece for The New Yorker, exploring the mutual animosity between Karl Rove, and Steve Bannon. Wow, that's like a contest between Jabba the Hutt, and a guy who goes around kicking puppies. Who do you root for?? Either way, like we used to say in school: FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

Thank you to my A.D., Kara.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can I get a material witness?

Real quick: this piece accompanied a story by Sarah Stillman on The New Yorker website yesterday, about material witnesses (victims, or witnesses of a crime, that are essential to the prosecution of the suspect). It details the way authorities around the country jail innocent victims of crimes in order to secure testimony from them. In some cases, material witnesses have been jailed for years.

It is due to an arcane statute, based on the rational reasoning that criminals should not go free because no one is available to testify against them. However, it is used overwhelmingly against minorities, the poor and homeless, and often times against victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Read the piece here. The sad part is just how many stories nowadays involving the criminal "justice" system in the U.S. can be described as Kafkaesque. From episodes like these, to Guantanamo Bay, to the story of Kalief Browder, to so many others. Thanks to my AD, Kara!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Breakin' up is hard to do

Received a good amount of real estate in  The New York Times over the weekend- on the front page of the Sunday Review section (likely the only kind of real estate I'll ever have in NYC). For a piece on Brexit, and two of the guys that have come to epitomize the two opposing sides: Tony Blair and Nigel Farage:

 This was a ton of fun to do, and a great honor to be on the front of the Sunday Review. Thank you to Jim and Alexandra!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

TV casualty

Real quick, while I have a minute: here's another piece for Variety I did recently. It's for an article on a television studio that was hacked. They didn't have a draft of the story for me, but they had a concept ready to go, which made things easy.

I'll post a pic of the page if I get my hands on it. Thank you to my AD for this, Chuck!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My brain is hanging upside down

For the July/August issue of The Atlantic: having power, being in charge, can have the same effects as a traumatic brain injury; causing the person to act "more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people's point of view."

Thank you to my AD on this, Paul!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

You read my mind

For a book review in The New York Times of Fiona Maazel's third novel: A Little More Human.

Brainiac fiction- as the review calls it- about a man who can read minds, plus a whole lot of other stuff. Read the review, or better yet, read the book.

Thank you to the always wonderful Matt Dorfman, AD on this!

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Greek to me

For a review in Variety on the new film by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos: The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

They wanted a conceptual image that evoked the tone of the "Greek Weird Wave" film, which is about a heart surgeon whose prior transgression results in him having to choose which member of his family will be sacrificed. The title refers to the Greek tale of King Agamemnon killing one of the deer that belonged to the Goddess, Artemis. He was then forced to murder his daughter Iphigenia to appease her.

Thank you so much to my AD on this, Allison!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cut it out

I have an Op-Ed illustration in today's New York Times, for a piece listing the negative consequences of proposed budget cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The cuts (which would affect the National Marine Fisheries Service) will have devastating effects on the American fishing industry. It would also mean making it harder for people to be sure that the seafood they eat is safe, and legally harvested, among many other disastrous repercussions. 

Here's the page in print:

You can read the Op-Ed online here. Thank you to the awesome Jim Datz, my AD for this!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


I worked on this piece for Johns Hopkins Health Review a little while back. The article covers a revolutionary new prosthetic arm that was developed at the school. What makes this prosthesis so ground-breaking, is that it allows the amputee to actually feel the objects she touches:

By connecting the severed nerves in the upper arm to a "sensory cap" on the prosthesis, the feeling of touched is regained. Here's the whole spread

And you can see a great spot from Mitch Blunt on the facing page. Thank you so much to Pam, my AD!

Monday, April 10, 2017


I was given word last week that two illustrations of mine will be in the American Illustration 36 show.
My piece "Emergency" from my Jesus' Son series was chosen to appear online in the AI-AP Archive:

And a piece I did for the Los Angeles Times on nonlinear storytelling in recent films was selected to be published in the annual hardcover book:

I'm very excited to have something in the show, and looking forward to seeing this year's book! Thank you to AI and the jury members!