Monday, January 30, 2017

This is Very Cool - I'm Not Bad (I'm Just Drawn That Way)

By Da CogNegro

"Well Sir" is an exclamatory phrase  that my Nanny would utter after a series of taxing or exasperating events and boy oh boy did Trump's  first week in as the Pres...., as the Pres... as the present day person who happens to occupy the white house for extended periods of time, deserve a fervent "Well Sir"! Within the first ten days of his tenure , Sir Small Mittens signed a record number of executive orders that will inevitably affect healthcare, reproductive rights, federal hiring, oil, trade, and perhaps the most controversial of them all: immigration.Though my goal is to not come off as some harbinger of doom and gloom, the fact remains that we have ventured into uncharted territory and are trekking on a path filled with  stark uncertainty and change.  Many of us have chosen various outlets to vent our frustrations, concerns and fears. Some have taken to the streets while others have used their clout and celebrity as a platform to express their disdain for the current regime. Cartoonist Robert Sikoryak has decided to use his talent to demonstrate the incredulousness  that make up The Donald!
When interviewed by the Huffington Post, Sikoryak stated "The idea came to him "....after the election.Trump had said so many outrageous things during his campaign that I wanted to catalog  them." What's so amazing about his creations is Sikoryak's ability to mimic the variety of styles that make up the menagerie of  these reimagined covers. Even more fascinating was the fact that he decided to match Trump's quotes with various characters and story lines. "It was important to me to only use Trump's quotes, I didn't want to put any words in his mouth."He continued, "Once Trump became president-elect, I felt I had to do it."As a comic enthusiast, I understand the power that this medium can have. During my formative years, it was one of  my primary forms of escapism as well as a tool to exercise creativity, in innumerable ways, that have proven to be beneficial. This is why it came as no surprise that Sikoryak "...needed to get these comics" out of his system. Fortunately, he has received quite the favorable response:"The reaction has been very enthusiastic, much more so than I's gratifying that other people have been enjoying them." The stories of heroes &  villains is a tried and true archetype that will continue to capture our attention. Hopefully, in this current state of bewilderment and confusion, good will  triumph over evil. Only time will tell!  Robert Sikoryak's art has previously been featured  in The Harvard Business Review as well as the New Yorker. More of his work can be viewed on his Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr as well as his website. -CgN


1 comment:

  1. Very well put! Funny parts aside, it's scary that all of this has happened in such a short time. I don't believe he will last four years.