Executive Privilege

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Launch Date January 2002

Background This was my chance to draw 3 presidents (and one VP) poorly. How could I resist? I was dissappointed that no one pushed Cheney to release his secret tribunal information. Now with the Enron debacle, it looks like it will become an issue again.

Original Sketch I basically looked at some pictures of the three guys to get a sense of how to lay out the image. I wasn't really sure the best way to dispay them until I thought of Nixon dropping his tapes. So I decided to make them stand up. The subtitle changed a few times. The reference to the "see no evil" monkeys came after I saw the image and relized that hear, speak, and see worked well for our criminals.

Inking I worked first with a dip pen to get most of the outlines and then followed it up with a brush. I also tried a paint pen for the border. I'm a little worried about that tool, as some markers bleed over time--some of my original cartoons are turning blue from the ink bleeding into the paper.

Inking people's suits presents a unique challenge: how to show overlapping black areas without a bunch of white outlines. I didn't really pull it off here, but I think it looks halfway decent.

I'm also not completely thrilled with the "shadows" under people's feet. The "sex" under Clinton is a little strange, and you really can't tell that Cheney is supposed to be standing in oil. Originally the book was dripping a little more, but the oil kept looking like Cheney's unmentionables, so I toned it down.

Lettering The lettering turned out okay, but JoAnn noticed that I had spelled "privilege" incorrectly, so I had to go back with white paint and some contact paper to cover up the problem. If you can't see the problem--great!

Finally I guess there really isn't much of a joke on this on, really more of a comparison that I don't think people are willing to see.

What People are Saying About Executive Privilege

Brian sez: Good gestures for Nixon and Clinton. Nice "E" on the Cheney's energy policy, and positioning of Cheney/Bush. I wouldn't recognize Clinton's face without the thumb (and the "sex," of course). Cheney's words: "whom" seems a little formal (in which case you might as well go whole hog: "with whom I met.") I thought the words in general could have served some secondary functions, something more than just to explain the idea of the cartoon, which we pretty much get from the tapes. Maybe something more personally typical, or funny, or nastier. In general, I'd like to encourage nastiness. Viciousness.