Remember when Allen West said there were 78 communists in Congress? These are caricatures of those elected officials to color. Enjoy!
What's that you say? It's also an activity book, and small enough to take into the voting booth this November?
I started working on the Home Team caricatures in August 2011 after listening to a news broadcast on the radio. I realized that I had memorized scads of information about fictional characters like Bruce Wayne and Scott Summers, but I knew almost nothing about the people I had just heard about, whose job it was to affect my future. I had learned fiction by studying and drawing the characters month after month, so I thought I might be able to use the same method to learn about politics.
As this is a coloring book, the images tend less toward distortion and exaggeration.
This is a smaller portion of the 2012 Yearbook. I used the Library of Congress public domain images to produce caricatures of the entire Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches (plus the cabinet and czars). This book is approximately 5" x 7" and about half an inch thick. The back of each caricature has blank spaces to fill in facts about each politician's residence, place of birth, committee assignments, net worth, and employment history, as well as some extra space for any info you personally find interesting.
Above are digital caricatures created for the Yearbook cover. The coloring book you get will be plain old black and white inside, with a color cover of Bernie Sanders. Hot.
I have put a lot of work into this project and I hope you find it edutaining!
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Your contribution will allow me to secure a print run of coloring books at print-on-demand pricing. If I am able to secure greater support and funding I will be printing a greater volume of books, and any extra funding will be used to launch more books...
Already in the works:
- Executive Fun
- Tea Party 2012
- 2012 Yearbook
Absolutely! For example, if you would like combinations of books and caricature that are different from the levels I have set up, you can either (a) email and let me know what you are looking for so I can set up a special reward for you, or (b) pledge the amount you are willing to contribute and send me an email describing how I should apply the funds.
Example; a $100 pledge asked if they could have 4 custom caricatures and one book, instead of the 25 books listed at that reward level. I am happy to fulfill that request, and I will write up a new reward level to fit that request in case any future supporters like the idea.
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It has been said that there is wisdom in the offering of high-priced rewards… only you can disprove this. If you choose to pledge $1000 or more, I will attend a special event of your choosing and execute caricatures of your guests for 3 hours live via the SketchClub app for iPad. On-site visits available only in the United States of America. Cat makeup optional. What? YES!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012