What It’s Like Being a Political Cartoonist in the Age of TrumpApr 26, 2017
Saturday will mark the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. For many Americans, it may feel like he’s been in office much longer — in those 100 days there already have been dozens of massive protests, numerous legal challenges to Trump policies and attacks on other nations.
But how has political cartoonist Mr. Fish, aka Dwayne Booth, fared in the first 100 days of Trump’s administration? “I have never been busier in my entire life,” Fish said.
Our editorial team sat down with Truthdig’s resident political cartoonist to discuss how his work has changed since Trump took office and how contemporary satire can function as a successful political tool. Watch the full discussion below:
“Art is just its own living language,” Fish said. “It’s the most effective way to start a conversation.” Take a look at some of his recent work:
Mr. Fish also has been providing illustrations for Truthdig’s original columns by Chris Hedges — take a look at those here. Fish cited one illustration, shown below, as being particularly difficult to draw: Illustration for “The Feuding Kleptocrats” by Chris Hedges
“As I was doing it, it actually was making me upset,” Fish told the Truthdig team. “It’s not an easy image for me to look at.”
This isn’t the first time Fish has joined Live at Truthdig — a team sat down with Mr. Fish last September, when he spoke about the chaotic presidential campaign and its effect on his work.
“To me, you don’t need a comedic interpretation of something that is already very darkly comic and very tragic in a really idiotic way,” he said then of Trump’s campaign, “because a cartoonist really wants to get to the bottom of how politics function and why they don’t function, and how they are applied to society.”
Watch other episodes of Live at Truthdig here.
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