In November of 2016, I began a series of drawings: one per week, to provide comic commentary on (and, perhaps comic relief from) our national situation in the wake of the presidential election. P.T.S.D. (Post Trump Series of Drawings) now includes over 200 drawings (with some weeks demanding bonus drawings) using the “Kewpie” character as a stand-in for the 45th President of the United States.
The infantile, credulous, egotistical, delusional, and dangerous babbler is appropriately represented by Kewpie. Upon his debut, Kewpie, the impish character (originally created by illustrator, Rose O’Neil and introduced by The Ladies’ Home Journal in 1909), immediately became a world-wide sensation with thousands clamoring for the magazine illustrations and the dolls. During my own childhood, gaudy plaster versions of the Kewpie-Doll could be won at county fairs and carnivals. It is this cheap, bogus, derivative Kewpie that sprang to my mind the day after the election. The drawings relate to actions, events, and tweets happening each week, and are intended to be, at the same time, humorous and as deadly serious as our situation. We have given Kewpie free-reign in the White House to act out each week’s bizarre and brutal reality show.
All drawings are 12”x 9” graphite on vellum surface, bristol-board.
Upon completion of the first 36 PTSD drawings, they were compiled into Volume 1 of the P.T.S.D. series.Subsequently, groups of drawings have been combined into 3 more (and counting) self-published volumes.I have vowed to continue one PTSD drawing each week until Kewpie is out of office.Wish me luck!