Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Hi folks. As I look back over the editorial jobs I've done so far, I notice some recurring themes. For example, I draw a lot of thieves. Silent movie thieves, really. Like the Hamburglar. Striped shirt, lone ranger mask, etc. I could probably fill out a few weeks of blog entries with these guys. Thank goodness silent movies gave us all the common visual language to understand a thief when we see one. Also, thanks to Thomas Nast. He was an illustrator from the mid to late 1800's who really made everyone's job a lot easier by coming up with visual representations of abstract concepts. He came up with the Republican Elephant, the Democratic Donkey, our current ideas of what Santa Claus and Uncle Sam look like, and a bunch of other stuff. The word "nasty" comes from this guy. What we need these days is a modern Nast to come up with mascots for modern concepts like the Internet Spider, or the Mortgage Crisis Turtle. By the way, that thing up there was done for the Letters Page of the New York Times.