Barack, Race and the Media: The Obama legacy
This project will be a book featuring a collection of Political Cartoons focusing on the journey and legacy of the first African American President of the United States of American, Barack Hussein Obama depicted from the perspective of a diverse group of Political cartoonists. Inspired by the NAACP Image award winning Political cartoon book by David G. Brown “Barack, Race and the Media: Drawing my Own Conclusions" originally published in 2008.
The book will feature the work of Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper cartoonist David G. Brown, Latino syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, David Horsey, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Los Angeles Times editorial cartoonist, Tim Jackson cartoonist and author of the book “Pioneering Cartoonist of Color” , Steve Greenberg and others.
Biographic information on the other contributing cartoonists: Lalo Alcaraz, a Mexican-American cartoonist. He also contributed a work of art to the 2008 Obama campaign called "Viva Obama" He will be working as a writer on the “Seth MacFarlane” animated show “Border town” which is set to debut on Fox. He is most known for being the author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip. Launched in 2002, La Cucaracha has become one of the most controversial in the history of American comic strips. He is also the creator of the figure "Daniel D. Portado", a satirical Hispanic character who in the 1994 called on Mexican immigrants to return south—""reverse immigration"—as a response to the controversial . In 2012, Daniel D. Portado returned to the headlines as a result of Mitt Romney’s call, during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, on undocumented immigrants to exercise "self-deportation." A leading figure in the Chicano movement, Alcaraz also contributes political cartoons for LA Weekly and hosts a radio show on KPFK called the "Pocho Hour of Power." Alcaraz teaches as a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design.
David Horsey Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times. He is syndicated by Tribune Media Services and his work has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek and MSNBC.com. Besides winning two Pulitzers for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1999 and 2003, Horsey has received the National Press Foundation's Beryman Award for Cartoonist of the Year (1998) and many other honors, including first place in the Best of the West Journalism Competition for his columns about the 2008 presidential election campaign. Horsey's career has taken him to national political party conventions, presidential primaries, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, assignments in Europe, Japan and Mexico and two extended stints. Working at the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau. Horsey received a BA in Communications from the University of Washington where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Daily. As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, Horsey earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury (U.K.). In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Seattle University. Columns magazine has named him as one of the 100 most notable alumni of the University of Washington in the 20th Century. Horsey is a member of the advisory board for the U of W College of Arts and Sciences.
Tim Jackson is an African American cartoonist and illustrator who develops cartoons and illustrations for a variety of print and Online products. His work has been featured in the Chicago Defender newspaper, Windy City Word, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Creative License Studio and Chicago Tribune Media Group. As a Graphic Journalist, currently syndicating a social commentary cartoon feature that is regularly used by a variety of newspapers, nationally as an editorial/political cartoons. Researching and displaying bio and comic strip information highlighting the contributions of African American cartoonists of the early 20th century to the present. (Google: "Pioneering Cartoonists of Color" for more details.)
Steve Greenberg is a freelance editorial cartoonist whose work has been published widely and has been featured in the Daily News, the Ventura County Star, and LA Observed.
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Risks and challenges
Some of the risks and challenges that I face completing this project include finishing all of the artwork/production on deadline and securing the art from the other cartoonist. There is minimum risk for incomplete art because the lion share of the cartoons are already completed. Additionally, I have both verbal and signed contracts with the other cartoonist committed to this project. I have a track record of producing two dozen or more comics books and graphic novels over the last two decades.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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