Steve Brodner signsFreedom Fries
Sunday, October 17th, 4:00 PM
For more than two decades, Steve Brodner has been the most savage editorial cartoonist/ illustrator to work in the United States. His pitiless illustrations, cartoons, comic strips, and illustrated reportages have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek as well as most other major magazines and newspapers in North America.
Freedom Fries is Brodner?s absurdly nightmarish journey through the last 30 years of American politics. And what a cast of characters: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II (and those are just the presidents). Add in such pretenders to the throne as Newt Gingrich, both Doles, Gore, and Nader, craven cabinet officers and legislators and you have the most horrifyingly hilarious rogues? gallery of striking resemblances anywhere.
Extensively annotated with Brodner?s own pungent commentary and reminiscences, and including some images that were simply too provocative to print the first time around, Freedom Fries is a stunningly reproduced, exquisitely barbed walk through the last 30 years? political landscape ? part coffee table art book, part madcap manifesto. In many cases, Brodner?s political perspective has only gained resonance in today?s climate.
Released as the 2004 election season heats up, Freedom Fries fits squarely into the tradition of provocative commentary by such firebrands as Michael Moore, Al Franken, Mark Crispin Miller and Molly Ivins ? except in Brodner?s case, the commentary is also a treasure of handsome visual art.
For this event not only will Steve Brodner be signing copies of Freedom Fries, he will also be drawing the 2004 presidential candidates live on the spot.