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Look Here: A savage “Barack Hussein Obama” strip by Steven Weissman

This summer, my wife and I bought a page of original art from the online comic strip, “Barack Hussein Obama,” by Steven Weissman; the page, which is signed by the artist, is from an ongoing sequence that Steven began posting online in the spring of 2013 entitled “Looking for America’s Dog.” Here’s a scan:


If I had to break it down, I would say that the first element that drew me to the above page was the opening panel with Barack Hussein Obama’s daughter Sasha in what has become an iconic pose/situation in the strip. Second was the beautiful use of blood-red design tone in the third panel. And third, the overall excellence of the timing of the words and pictures in the fight sequence.

A hardcover collection of Weissman’s “Barack Hussein Obama” was published by Fantagraphics in 2012, and I thought it was one of the best “graphic novels” of the year. If the “real” Barack Hussein Obama had lost the election in November of last year, the strip probably would have ended then and there. But Obama won, and Weissman has been posting new instalments ever since, with a view, I suppose, to a second collection — or perhaps simply a complete collection — at some point in the future.

Fans of first-rate cartooning — and screen/design tones! — can follow Barack Hussein Obama‘s surreal progress at What Things Do.

Original art by Steven Weissman is available for purchase via his bigcartel shop.


From the collection, Barack Hussein Obama, page 33, via Flickr:

From the Stinckers blog, September 2012:

From the Stinckers Facebook photostream, October 2012:

Like I said… iconic…

P.S. You can shop for uncut production sheets and 3-packs of Stinckers on Etsy.

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Look Here, Read: “Cagey Mary,” with art by Bill Draut

From Young Romance vol. 5, no. 2 (#38), here’s “Cagey Mary”; the script and art are uncredited, and doesn’t attribute the work to anyone, but I am quite sure the artist is Bill Draut, whose early, underappreciated contributions to comics have been featured here at RCN several times over the years:


The printing on “Cagey Mary” is atrocious, but also, in a strange way, lovely…

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Look Here, Read: A day in the country on Paradise 9, as recorded by Nicole Claveloux

From Heavy Metal vol. I, no. 13, here is Nicole Claveloux‘s contribution to “Paradise 9 Magazine,” a compendium of short, journalistic visual reports by a select group of cartoonists who had recently been on “an all-expense paid round trip to Paradise 9, home planet of regular Metal Hurlant contributor Zha“:



Golden Haze > The Psychedelic Illustrations of Nicole Claveloux

The Nicole Claveloux category here at RCN is also worth a visit…

Comics · Heads Up! · Here, Read · Look Here · M. K. Brown

Heads Up: A career-retrospective collection of cartoons and comics by M. K. Brown

Coming in Spring 2014:

The publisher’s description:

What DO women want?

They might want to float into the sky while hosting a brunch party. They might want a couple of handsome cops to come over and get rid of a snake problem. They might seek a doctor’s treatment for “wise-ass disease” or fantasize about revenge and forgiveness at the dentist’s office. They might want to sing the White Girl Blues and dance the White Girl Twist.

One of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades, M.K. Brown has accumulated a body of work long savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Women, What Do We Want? is the first retrospective collection of Brown’s cartoons and comic strips from the National Lampoon from 1972-1981, as well as other magazines such as Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy; and her comics from underground publications like Arcade, Wimmin’s Comics, Young Lust, and Twisted Sisters.

Her cartoons combine a penchant for the absurd with the gimlet observational eye of Roz Chast. Brown satirizes suburban anxiety and ennui by turning it upside-down and sideways, and her slightly grotesque yet lovable characters are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.

In these pages: Read instructions for the use of glue, making a pair of pants, home auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. Travel around the world to witness the giant bananas of Maui, strange sightings in Guatemala, camel and a “Saga of the Frozen North.” Learn about love ’round the world, among eccentric suburbanites, and in a “Condensed Gothic” romance. “Another True-Life Pretty Face in the Field of Medicine” introduces Virginia Spears Ngodátu, who (with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in “Dr. Janice N!Godatu,” Brown’s series of animated shorts that appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show alongside the first incarnation of The Simpsons. Aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos feature in Brown’s side-splitting single-panel gag strips.

And what about men? Don’t worry — you’ll meet Mr. Science and his pointless experiments; “Earl D. Porker, Social Worker,” who converses with household items and forgets the cat food; a man whose head is a basket of laundry; and others.

Black & white with 16 pages of color.


Format: Softcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606997084
ISBN-13: 978-1606997086

Although Fantagraphics has not yet announced the exact contents of the book, I am sure it will include the following strip, which was first published in the March 1986 number of National Lampoon:



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Look Here, Read: “Art” by Gabby Schulz

I thought I had posted this already, but yesterday, as I was clicking through the pages in the “Art Collection” category here at RCN, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t. So here, for your viewing and reading enjoyment, is “Art” by Ken “Gabby Schulz” Dahl:


I purchased the above page of original art from the store at Gabby Schulz’s Playhouse back in November of 2012. The email receipt read, in part, as follows:

Thank you for your matronage/patronage! You’ve just helped a cartoonist stave off indigence for another day, and beautified your own life in the process.

Which, instead of making me feel proud to be a matron/patron of the arts, actually made me feel a bit guilty that I had paid so little for the work… but… hey, check it out! There’s another new full-colour strip — “Profiles in Bureaucracy” — on sale right now! Get ’em while they’re a bargain…

And don’t worry if everything is sold out by the time you visit the Playhouse store, because soon enough there will be another page… and another… and another… until inspiration fails… or Gabby calls a halt to the madness…


Here’s the tweet I posted right after I purchased the art:

Unfortunately, I haven’t been in a position to purchase more from Gabby Schulz yet. But I am in the process of buying a Barack Hussain Obama original from Steven Weissman, who has a new store up right here!

Better act quickly if you want a page from Steven, though; by his own admission, he is one of those “temperamental” artists who will not tolerate an unresponsive public:

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Look Here, Read: “Depression” by Rebecca Dart

From the mini-comic The Other 88% #1, published way back in November 1993, here’s “Depression,” a heartfelt two-page story by Rebecca “Battle Kittens” Dart, who had just turned twenty in April of that year: