I was extremely honored to receive an honorary degree from The University of Connecticut Graduate School this May, and to be invited to deliver their commencement speech. It was an amazing experience to be in the huge auditorium (where they play their famous basketball) and to speak to 9,000+ students, family and friends. We had a great time– it was a very festive atmosphere. Above is a video of the full 2014 commencement ceremony–you can catch my introduction by the president of the University, Susan Herbst at 7:00 min, followed by my address. I tried to be humorous and serious, not an easy task. Particularly without my cartoons to help me!
This cartoon originally appeared on Medium, a relatively new blog platform started by the by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Every Monday morning, they publish a cartoon/comic of mine on politics for a section of Medium called The Nib. Go check it out! Lots of cartoons there all week long.
This is the cartoon that started it all. I began drawing snarky women, women who are funny and sarcastic, in The New Yorker in the 1990?s, and while it’s not all that I draw, it is a favorite topic of mine. In fact, I have a whole book of cartoons and commentary on this subject, called Women On Men. You can take a look at it and order it here. Or contact me and I offer a personally signed (with drawing inside) soft cover hard copy for a discount! firstname.lastname@example.org
I have come to love live tweet drawing, and it seems that others enjoy watching me do it. My latest foray into this world was last night’s Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. The New Yorker’s website blog, The Sporting Scene, asked if I would tweet draw for them, so as the evening progressed, my editor there posted them on the site. You can see all of them here! The above drawing was done before the ceremonies began, but during the huge extravaganza, I tweeted Putin, David Remnick, Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, and many of the athletes in their colorful (and often very odd) outfits.
Follow me on twitter, because I will be doing more Olympics….and then I will be tweet drawing the Academy Awards!
I love radio, particularly news radio. The interviews, analysis, call-ins about issues in the news, local or national are all great, and what I listen to while I work. My favorite station is the New York City station WNYC, and in particular the afternoon show, The Leonard Lopate Show. I also like the Brian Lehrer Show in the mornings, too. The station loves New Yorker cartoonists, and have had them on the show numerous times over the years. I have done a lot of radio, usually connected to any new books I have. But I have never been invited to be on WNYC….until now. I was very lucky to be asked to be a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about my book, Women On Men, with guest host Anna Sale. It was great fun– Anna is a skilled interviewer with a devilish streak and great sense of humor. One New York friend said to me when she heard that I was to be on WNYC, “You’re really famous now!” Such is a true New York attitude.
Here is the interview:
I realized last night, while drawing the SOTU, that the camera shots of various people in the audience were so quick that it was hard to gather imagery in my mind in order to draw certain people. The camera was mostly on the three big guys. Also realized: I barely listened to anything Obama said. Did I miss much?
Next up: the Olympics!
From my new book, Women On Men. Take a look here!!! If you would like a personlized copy (with drawing inside), at a discount, email me at email@example.com