WARNING! Graphic Content: Political Cartoons, Comix and the Uncensored Artistic Mind Paperback – July 24, 2015 by Mr. Fish (Author)
Have your IDs ready and your intolerance for incendiary pictures and controversial ideas checked at the door for it’s time to step into the head of the unabashedly liberal, award-winning cartoonist and writer Dwayne Booth (aka “Mr. Fish”), where inflammatory ideas meet deep insights and something like inspiring woe, discouraging indifference and gleeful nihilism are born! In this new book, “WARNING! Graphic Content,” Mr. Fish examines the past, present and future of art as commentary, deciphering its substructure and translating its unique alphabet into a wholly accessible vocabulary. Through extensive interviews, numerous audio and video clips and more than 400 provocative images, he demonstrates unequivocally how uncensored art and weaponized jokes from cartoonists, satirists and fine artists through history provide humanity with its most thorough and revealing self-portraits. Find out what is right and wrong with the profession of political cartooning. Discover the truth about why our visual language is so much more adept than our verbal language at explaining and understanding the existential stuff and nonsense that elates and burdens us every day. Have you ever wondered: What’s the difference between art and craft? Why are artists so poorly paid? If Yoko Ono sat silently in the middle of a crowded auditorium in her underpants and everybody was there to see it, would she make any sense whatsoever? What is a “bogey ball” and does it really need to be made out of real snot to be impactful? Mr. Fish answers all these questions and more in this book! This is work that provokes thought and debate and great peels of laughter, but is NOT intended for the faint of heart.
About the Author
Dwayne Booth (aka “Mr. Fish”) is a writer and cartoonist whose work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice and on Truthdig. Occasionally, he laughs his head off. For more informative and intimate details pertaining to his character, look at his cartoons.
Paperback: 470 pages
Publisher: USC Annenberg Press (July 24, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Deliciously shocking…and motivating.
By Barrie on September 3, 2015
This book blew my mind… and was a real boot in the pants for me. Beyond educating me about the fascinating—and it turns out ancient—history of “editorial cartooning.” It inspired me to be less afraid to push the envelope with my own work.
Really a unique book, with deliciously shocking visuals and commentary. If you’re interesting in how artists have spanked the status quo over the centuries, and continue to do so today, I would highly recommend Mr. Fish’s book.