Animation Feature on Mother Jones
posted: September 7, 2010

Back in July, when I was teaching with Nancy Stahl at the Hartford MFA program, I got a call from Tim Luddy at Mother Jones. He said they had something they wanted to be really crazy and funny -- right up my alley!

The story was about Rick Santorum, right wing idiot who has presidential aspirations, who said some sick stuff equating homosexuality with pederasty and bestiality, back when he was the Republican senator from Pennsylvania in 2003. Dan Savage, who writes the sex column Savage Love, decided to run a contest asking his readers to send in suggestions for an alternate definition of "Santorum". The winning definition was, "The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex".

Now when people do a google for Santorum, that definition is the top search result; good luck with your presidential campaign, Ricky boy!

I was inspired! When I got back to my hotel room that night, I did 11 or 12 or 14 sketches, and even did another as I was packing up my stuff to go back to the campus in the morning.

When I got back to town the following week, Tim Luddy told me they wanted to run all the sketches as a slideshow, and an outgrowth of that was my doing two animations based on my sketches.

Here’s a link to the slideshow.
And here's a link to one animation
And a link to the other one

This is the first of a series of my animations that will be regularly appearing on the Mother Jones site, so keep tuned!