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Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Sh*t My President Says

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump by Shannon Wheeler.

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Shannon Wheeler Talks Sh*t My President Says

At San Diego Comic-Con there were a few releases I was super excited for. One of those was Shannon Wheeler‘s Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump which takes President Trump’s Tweets and give them a comic twist. Wheeler has drawn cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion—he’s very, very, good, okay?

But these cartoons, plus the Tweets, it’s absolutely fantastic and a must have for anyone interested in politics and humor, or want a good laugh as the world crumbles around us.

EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).

I got to talk to Shannon about the book and what he learned reading all of those Tweets.

Graphic Policy: What got you interested in even doing this? The concept alone sounds like torture.

Shannon Wheeler: I was actually going through my own cartoons trying to put together a book collection. I was sick of looking at my own art. I was complaining about it to a friend of mine. He goes “You don’t want to write your own stuff. Why don’t you just illustrate Trump’s Tweets?”

GP: You’ve gone through his entire history to figure out what to draw?

SW: Through Twitter I found a programmer who had downloaded all of them. I got them as a PDF, started reading through 30,000 Tweets. At the same time there were all these sites popping up that were archiving, a bunch that go through and organize them differently. At the same time there were all these articles about his outrageous Tweets. I’d use those as well. Whenever something would come up in his speeches or in the news and I’d Google search the keyword and his handle.

GP: Going through so much, is there anything that sticks out to you about his patterns, what he says, topics he touches upon?

SW: Yeah. A lot of people have talked about his psychological makeup. The narcisim. The pettiness. The immaturity. That’s well trodden. But, what I thought was interesting was his image of himself. He thinks of himself as a stand up guy, here’s the honorable one. What he’s doing is right. And that’s why drawing him as a child made more sense. There’s a “common sense” aspect to children, “it’s snowing outside, there must be no Global Warming.” That’s the view Trump has, that “common sense” point of view of life.

GP: The end result is Trump as kid-like. Were there other versions of him that you tried to use?

SW: Yeah, I started off trying drawing him as ugly, a large brutish man with tiny hands, and whatever. And slowly there’s a petellence, and maybe that’s the word. I probably drew a hundred different versions. Until a Tweet came a long that felt like a little kid and I felt this works.

GP: Did you always envision a book?

SW: Yeah, it was a book. First I started with can I do this. Then I thought this would be much more interesting than another collection of my stupid ideas.

GP: The one thing I immediately think of is the trolls. Is that something on your mind.

SW: I’m not really good at receiving anger and such. I fully expect there to be a backlash and people attacking me. I’m trying to prepare for that.

GP: That’s what the block button is for. In the back of the book you have a really interesting observation. FDR had radio, JFK had tv, and Trump has Twitter. Do you think this is his tv and radio?

SW: I supposed so. I don’t know how people reacted at the time, but I’m sure both said radio and tv was crazy and the worst thing ever. It’s similar. It’s Trump getting himself out there and exposing himself in an unfiltered way. It’s part of his appeal, a reaction against a super guarded persona, warts and all.

GP: FDR’s chats were clearly scripted, JFK was a natural on tv. This is probably the most unfiltered we’ve ever seen a President, really any politician.

SW: Yeah, but that might be an act too, which I thought about. It could also be a thing he uses for distractions as he passes his agenda. I feel like I’m adding to the distraction, I feel a little guilty at times.

GP: He’s the perfect example of politics as entertainment and you’re doing entertainment diving into politics. Do you see him as the ultimate blending of those two things together?

SW: That’s interesting. Those two things have been blending for a long time. I think, so far. Every generation probably says that. He’s made reality television and taken that to politics. Nobody knows where it’s going to go.

GP: I don’t know if you get the sense but it feels like he’s putting on a show. He’s taking the heel concept of wrestling and as long as he gets the big pop, that’s all that matters.

SW: He does think he’s the hero and he’s putting forward the sense that fake media, the polls were fake obviously, these things that validate everyone is a liar. It’s you and me against the crazy world. He also likes the attention too. It’s a layered thing.

GP: With the number of Tweets that are in the book, how much is sitting on the table not in there?

SW: There were 30,000 Tweets and a couple hundred in there. When people cite 30,000, most of them are “buy my book” or “I’ll be talking here.” I think it’s close to 5,000 Tweets. I wanted it to be relevant, so there’s stuff about Russia and his Tweets about wanting to be Putin’s friend. Those are the one’s I pulled. As new events happen, Sessions become more relevant. I pulled one.

GP: As far as what’s in the book, how’d you choose what to include?

SW: I wanted there to be a story arc with a beginning, middle, and an end. So I’m picking them to create a narrative. We probably left about a hundred on the floor. Lots more to do.

GP: You’ll be busy… two to eight years?

SW: Hopefully not.

GP: During the Mueller hearing he was threatening to live Tweet. Then you said you were going to live sketch. When he didn’t Tweet what was going through your mind.

SW: At first I thought “oh crap this is embarrasing and really stupid.” Then I thought somebody hid his phone. So I did that as a cartoon and a series of cartoons as to where’s Trump’s phone. It’s under the couch, in a tree, an FBI agent has it.

GP: At one point did it click to do that?

SW: About 15 minutes.

GP: With the live Tweeting, I’d think most of these have multiple takes. How’d it work with the live aspect, one and done?

SW: Yup, from the hip. A lot of times I’ll do sketches and I’ll put them up on Twitter and Facebook and later rework them into something later. In a lot of ways I’ve become unfiltered, there might be a misspelling or bad drawing, I just put it up and move on to the next one.

GP: I’d think there’d be a point where you’re having fun but at the same time think this shouldn’t be happening.

SW: Yeah, there’s a point I think it’s so stupid and I’m laughing and it slowly becomes awe crap. This is real. We can make fun of this guy for being stupid or petty or mean or vulgar or thin skin, all these things or he’s stealing money from the country. A lot of the things he criticized Hillary or Obama, I think it was jealously. When he saw them, he thought I should be doing those things. The Tweets are relevant in that sense.

GP: Was there anything that was too mean and you don’t want to touch it?

SW: We pulled one Rosie O’Donnell one in there. There was one were I thought it was a really cheap shot, it was his fragrance, everyone built an empire. I thought of him sweating and I had him on a toilet. It was a cheap shot, but I’m not above being stupid.

GP: Is there anything that’s shocked you about this?

SW: What’s shocked me is that its kind of become normal. Where I’m not shocked anymore. The one thing that has shocked me is that I can’t tell parody anymore. I read something and there like “look at this shocking Tweet” and I think “oh my god” and I think it’s parody and he really said it and I think it’s parody and he really said it. That’s weird to me.

GP: I’ve asked this to a few folks in your line of work. Things are so absurd now, does that make your life more difficult?

SW: I don’t know. What I like is the social satire and looking at myself and asking what are the hypocrises I’m living, diving in myself. That doesn’t really change. I liked The Simpsons where they had Homer buying triple chocolate and when they did it, it was such an exaggeration it was ridiculous. Now we have this as a flavor.

GP: The Simpsons had Donald Trump as President.

SW: Right.

GP: When you see what should be parody in real life, what do you think when you see that?

SW: One of the jokes I made during the Bill Clinton scandal, in the future politicians would use the scandal to their advantage. They’d sell the sex tape to fund their campaign. I’m still able to be a bit more extreme than what’s happening.

GP: Has there been any reactions to the book that has surprised you?

SW: How enthusiastic people have been. I thought there’d be some enthusiasm and a lot of people would be mad at me. We did a panel at San Diego Comic-Con and it was standing room only. They were turning people away. That kind of shocks me. There’s a hunger for this kind of pushback. It gives me some hope.

GP: You’ve already done an addendum. Will there be a book two?

SW: I hope not. I hope we look back and ask “what’s a Tweet?” where you have to explain what it is. I like to do universal and lingering. I hope this is here today and gone tomorrow, like a pet rock. It’s been piling up and there’s enough for a second book already.

GP: Thanks so much for chatting!

 

Preview: Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump

Shannon Wheeler (w & a & c)

Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion—he’s very, very, good, okay? Now he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).

HC • BW • $15.99 • 120 pages • 5” x 6.5” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-410-8

 

The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet in November

Image Comics has announced The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet, written by Theo Prasidis and illustrated by Maarten Donders. The 64 page, full-color, pocket-sized, hardcover book puts a cheeky spin on small illustrated books in the vein of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies and Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and will hit stores this November.

In five decades of wretched existence, doom metal has evolved into a vast orchard of unearthly delights. Bongs, goats, amps and a lot of naked nuns, all collide into this stunningly visualized, whimsical, mature-rated gift book. Explore the genre’s unholy rites with The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet, the definitive illustrated lexicon of all things doom. Or be doomed!

The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0595-3) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 8th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 9th. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, November 14th.

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The Witcher Gets an Adult Coloring Book

Dark Horse has announced The Witcher as the latest addition to their growing line of adult coloring books! With 45 pieces of brand new original black and white artwork, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book is an essential companion to the highly acclaimed game from CD PROJEKT RED.

Journey along with Geralt, Ciri, Triss, Yennefer, Roach, Shani, and all of your favorite Witcher characters in a variety of fantastic settings inspired by the hit video game franchise. Featuring uniquely designed and highly detailed black and white illustrations inspired by the games, this compilation of exquisitely crafted images is a must-have for Witcher fans worldwide!

The Witcher Adult Coloring Book retails for $14.99, and is in stores November 1, 2017.

Dynamite Announces Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series

Writer Steve Hendershot and Editor Tim Lapetino have been announced as the creative team behind Dynamite Entertainment’s latest offering in their Video Game Icons line, Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series.  The 304-page stunning hardcover art book, now 30 years in the making, is set for release this November, just in time for the holiday season!

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. From first-of-their-kind advances such as selectable characters and secret combo moves, to imagination-capturing characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, Street Fighter has stayed a step ahead of the competition en route to becoming one of the most enduring and influential franchises in video game history. Undisputed Street Fighter features in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games, and the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe.

Undisputed Street Fighter is slated for release in November.

Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media Announce The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan

Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media have jointly announced the latest edition of The Art of Magic: The Gathering collection with the release in January 2018 of The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan. The fifth release in VIZ Media’s ongoing series of impressive hardcover art books presents the incredible illustrations of Magic: The Gathering.

The substantial 240-page tome will feature dozens of full-color works by an impressive array of talented artists, including Christine Choi, Daarken and Titus Lunter, and will be complemented with additional in-depth lore by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan invites fans to set sail for the uncharted jungles of Ixalan, where dangerous beasts, magnificent ruins, and lost treasures lie waiting to be discovered. Saddle up your dinosaur mount and brave the unknown as you search the plane for a prize forgotten by history… until now!

VIZ Media also announces the opening of pre-orders for The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet. Scheduled for retail release on July 4th, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet will present scores of full-color illustrations from artists such as Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette. Additional insights and lore on the dangerous and beautiful world of Amonkhet are provided by James Wyatt. Amonkhet is the latest expansion game for Magic: The Gathering and is set for release by Wizards of the Coast this month.

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

Vivid Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet Debuts From VIZ Media

VIZ Media has announced a fantastic new collection of artwork and lore with the debut of The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet, the fourth title in the publisher’s ongoing series of hardcover editions celebrating the artwork from Magic: The Gathering™.

Scheduled for retail release on July 4th, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet will present scores of full-color illustrations from an array of talented artists including Cliff Childs, Winona Nelson, Christine Choi, and Adam Paquette. Additional insights and lore on the dangerous and beautiful world of Amonkhet are provided by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt. Amonkhet is the latest plane and card set for Magic: The Gathering and was recently released by Wizards of the Coast in April.

In The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet, the Second Sun creeps across the sky, growing ever closer to the horns of the God-Pharaoh. These pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering, will introduce readers to the people of Amonkhet, whose life is a series of trials meant to prepare them for the great God-Pharaoh’s return. The glorious hope and desolate despair of Amonkhet awaits readers as the final hours draw near!

Throughout its 24-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

The World Needs More “Robots and Donuts”

In this follow-up to the 2008 art book Robots and Donuts, vintage toys are paired with pastries to create fascinatingly bizarre paintings in Eric Joyner’s new masterwork, Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner. Joyner’s work has appeared on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, on the cover of Ben Folds Five’s album The Sound of the Life of the Mind, and has been featured at the Corey Helford Gallery for his most recent solo show, “Sweet Dominion,” in 2016.

Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner features the San Francisco-based artist’s newest and most impressive pieces—including The Horseshoe Bend, Daybreak, Movers and Shakers, and more. Much like the subjects of his paintings, Joyner’s artistic style is subtly nostalgic yet imaginatively unique. By juxtaposing familiar items with everyday foods, he creates whimsical masterpieces that have the power to both comfort and inspire. Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner is a beautiful collection that entices the reader to stop, ponder the meaning of life, and perhaps savor a donut or two.

The hardbound art collection hits bookstores February 21, 2018.

Review: Windmaker: The History of Atala – The Art of the Book Series

The obsession with Game of Thrones cannot be understated, as the series, in books and on TV, has reinvigorated people’s interests in high fantasy. The melding of genres and the epic storytelling is what makes this more than a regular sword saga.  The more audiences get into each character and each book, the more interesting it gets. So, when certain events pertaining to the main plotline, are brought up, the audience is more than curious, they beckon for it.

The one event within that book series I can think of, as it has been heavily alluded to, is Robert’s Rebellion, and although George RR Martin, has given us details here and there, all the details have not been explained, just the body count. At the end of the day, past histories and prequel series are essential to worldbuilding. As they more than serve as a plot device, as they did in Sons of Anarchy, they are what make the characters who they are. Therefore, after reading the excellent Malika, Warrior Queen, I was interested in who the “Windmaker,” was.

In this prequel one-shot of sorts, Roye Okupe delves into the history Of Atala, the great nations the Windmaker, comes form. As he talks about the founding, it feels those “histories of the house of” extras on the Game of Thrones Blu-Ray. We find out about the founding, their mythology, their cartography every major figure, every major conflict, and the invasion from the Ming Dynasty, which set up the events of the Malika, Warrior Queen. By book’s end, the reader has indoctrinated into their world and will be well equipped to dive into this universe.

Overall what was billed as an art book, functions more as primer to the world of Azzaz, where Malika, Warrior Queen takes place. The history laid out by Okupe, simply shines. Th art by Godwin Akpan illuminates Okupe’s world and brings to life the world they have created. Altogether, a lushly illustrated prequel that gives a good background for any newcomer to the story,

Story: Roye Okupe Art: Godwin Akpan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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