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Freedom Fries s/c Paperback – September 22, 2004

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Starred Review. Brodner’s unique and disturbing art, highly reminiscent of British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe’s trippy scrawlings, offers visual distortions and exaggerations that sock the viewer in a stunning visceral assault. Covering nearly 30 years of political machinations and chicanery, this collection of mutated, almost grotesque caricatures paints political figures on all sides with a palette of sordid ugliness that mixes the styles of Thomas Nast and David Lynch. Even ordinary citizens—striking workers, victims of gun violence—acquire a sinister edge in Brodner’s overactive worldview. An introductory essay and Brodner’s own self-deprecating captions provide context, which is sometimes necessary; much of the work relies heavily on current events so that contexts are long lost to all but the most historically minded. The span of work also captures Brodner’s artistic growth: an early attempt at caricaturing media figures as characters from The Simpsons looks almost amateurish compared to a recent piece that paints the Bush cabinet as characters from The Sopranos. Although Brodner’s style has developed from a Nast-like woodcut look to a more nuanced pen and ink approach, his humor is as biting as ever. This volume is a cynical, vitriolic gem with considerable artistic merit.
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“Brodner is one of the great Captains of an art which few are truly blessed to wield as a weapon.” (Ralph Steadman)

“Starred Review. Brodner’s unique and disturbing art, highly reminiscent of British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe’s trippy scrawlings, offers visual distortions and exaggerations that sock the viewer in a stunning visceral assault.... ” (Publishers Weekly)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1st edition (September 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560975938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560975939
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had Steve Brodner as a teacher when I attended SVA and he was one of three teachers who really stuck with me. My copy of this book came directly from his shelf in his studio.

The genius of this book is his ability to stretch a face like a lava lamp and still have you know exactly who it is. There is a image in the book of a Scrambled Ronald Regan on televisions, each becoming more and more distorted, but even with his face tied in a knot and jumbled like a picture puzzle, it was still Regan. To this day I am not sure how, but it is.
He said you can take anyone's head and break it down to a shape, even if it is one you would not think. Look at the cover, Bush's head is a diamond shape, WHO KNEW!? But it works.
I can only hope that more of his work is published in years to come. Often the political cartoon is overlooked in the fine art medium. If you are interested in charicatures, look no further, for here is a master.
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I have followed the career of Steve Brodner for years (very closley) and find him more brilliant with each passing election. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who appreciates wit, humor, and brilliance. He is an American treasure!
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This is a big, beautifully put together paperback of the work of one of the best caricaturists. The printing is high quality, and there is plenty to look at and learn from.
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great buy
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