The above illustration was one that I did for the Chronicle of Higher Education this month. Something about the Christian Right’s influence on the Congress, if memory serves.
This illustration below was one of several for the Christian Reformed Church’s ongoing curriculum project.
In February of 1994 I was approached with a project called “Final Exit for Barney” (which was a sequel to a book called “Final Exit for Cats” by another illustrator), and it was a horrible experience. I thought it was embarrassing and not at all funny, and so of course, when they approached me with yet another book in the fall of the year, I jumped up and said “Please, sir, may I have another?” A glutton for punishment I suppose. More than likely, a struggling illustrator who wasn’t all that picky about what sort of work put groceries on the table.
Like the previous book, this wasn’t so much funny, as a laundry list of 1994 hot button topics sure to be dated long before the book hit the shelves, and stereotypes of lawyers as greedy lowlifes obsessed with material possessions. Again, I had nothing to do with the writing, but was given a list of 84 or so ‘scenarios’ to draw. I decided to do this one in a slightly different cartoon style than the previous book (and of the two, I liked how this one looked a lot better, but that’s not saying much).
Here’s a sampling of the interior “humor”.
As usual with projects of this sort, none of the artwork was returned, and I only can share these with you now, because I recently picked up a used copy on eBay for a few bucks.