Saturday, April 19, 2008

Can he save us?




Hey I need another word for the other panel of the podium. What's another one of his buzzwords?

53 comments:

Tool said...

a harvard lawyer for president truly he is an agent of change.

Kenny said...

reverend wright

Whit said...

'Yes We Can'

Alex said...

A Harvard Lawyer who actually had to work to become a Harvard Lawyer instead of being plucked and put there is change indeed.

Alex said...

'Yes we Can' is of course also the beloved slogan of Union Leader Robert. T. Builder.

ncross said...

How about "I'm secretly a Muslim"

JonnyPlank said...

Actually, I think you guys are kind of hooped. I wouldn't vote for any of your candidates! Kind of makes me glad I'm in Canada... Hah! Not that we're much better off!

Jorge Garrido said...

Melanin

Josh said...

"Believe" could work. Or maybe "Yes We Can." Or "Action" or "Judgment" or "Fuck Hillary"

Brian O. said...

"Charm"

"Charisma"

"Rookie"

"Smooth"

Rodrigo said...

Oprah

Chris_Garrison said...

Yes, We Can! is his big thing, but I think it should just say YES. Because that's funnier and more hippy-dippy.

And make him way skinnier!

Wray said...

I think of all people, you could say something about Ollie Johnston who passed away today this past monday.

Ted said...

No one goes to Harvard Law without working hard for it. (And no, it's not my alma mater...)

dwestburg said...

Fired up!

ted said...

how bout "CFR"?...look it up...

David Germain said...

One negative word said about Obama recently is "elitist". Although, Jon Stewart stated on a previous Daily Show that him being an elitist may be a good thing. As he said (I'm somewhat paraphrasing here): "I'd rather have a president who's better than me than one that is stupider than me". Which is, of course, what America has right now. >:P

Matt said...

his ears don't look right...you should cut back on them. They aren't a wing span, more lengthy vertically and slightly in closer to the head.

Kenny said...

Nick Dipaolo has a funny joke about Obama - "I'm voting for Obama. I want to know what its like to have a black give me change."

And Artie Lange has this one. - "Obama is winning in the polls. But when was the last time you were surprised a black man was beating a white woman."

You should put one of those on there.

Brad said...

I thought he just said 'change' over and over again without ever really saying anything...

akira said...

"Once you go black, you never go back!"

akira said...

Hey Wray, not to speak for John, but he has said stuff about Ollie Johnston before, and he'll mention him again. What's the point in talking about Johnston right now when everybody's saying how great he is for a few weeks and then forgets about him. John usually gives his honest no BS opinion about everything, so i hope he wouldn't just say the good things about Ollie "Wifeswapper" Johnston, because everybody else is.

The whole 9 old men concept is utter crap, and if they had never been given special designation, i guarantee more progress would have been made at the Walt Disney studio. if there had not been an animators strike in 41 and nobody had gotten on walt's bad side for demanding fair compensation, i think that the top 9 animators would have been a little different from what became the "nine old men"

Rightwingsnarkle said...

"No one goes to Harvard Law without working hard for it."

While Mr. Bush went to Harvard Business School, which must have significantly different admission standards.

lastangelman said...

C A N !

Bill Field said...

I am a Texas Delegate for Barack, or Barry as he was called years back in Hawaii, where we both grew up. Great caracature, John. The word you want on the other side is... CHANGE!

Once he used it as a rally cry-- all the folks that stand for Status Quo grabbed it too-

McCain-"I think it is time for a change...of my Depends."

Hillary-"I stand for change and lie down for large bill donations."
CHANGE is da word!

Payo said...

PROGRESS

Aaron Borst said...

"typical white person"

Brian said...

You could have him hugging a white guy with his left arm while giving the "black power" sign with his right.

lastangelman said...

Excellent caricature!
Straight posture ending in a little bubble butt, the car door ears, the wide open optimistic expression with the asymmetric toothy smile and big floppy hands and oversized feet - aw geez - this isn't a Dubya photo negative is it? Nah .... it's a big friendly super dog, yeah, that's the ticket, man's best friend ... phew ... almost had me for a minnit ... this'll make a nice funny figurine.

I'll be brave, I'll admit it ...

I may have had the mythical man-crush on Barack since his speech at the '04 Democratic Convention. The guy exudes a charisma that only a George Liquor - American would barely resist. But I'm over that now. I'm sure. He's only another politician. He can't save the world, walk on water, blah, blah, blah. It's merely a manifestation of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.

I like using the one word, C A N ! , on the side of the podium. Another one is Y E S !

Mr. Semaj said...

"You can't spell 'unity' without you and I!"

Brian O. said...

"Believe"

Sketch said...

Barack Rocks

Zorrilla said...

His book is called "Audacity of Hope", and I'm sure his marketing people must have spent lots an lots of time making sure the title was exactly what they wanted.

So I'd say AUDACITY, however it's a bit long compared to Change and Hope if you want to put it on the other side of the stand.

And I wonder... did they choose Audacity to encourage possible voters who aren't fully convinced, of doing something WILD... and vote him even if he's not white? (well, I know they did, I've worked in advertising... haha)

(BTW, I'm not American so don't take any of this politically) :)

James said...

Difference

Soos said...

HOPE!

Chip Butty said...

Man, that's a high butt! Or a tiny torso. Nice work, I like that he's got more of a smirk than a smile. I REALLY liked the first caricature of him you posted from a while back.

And yeah, the main Obama buzzwords are 1) CHANGE, 2) HOPE and 3) YES WE CAN, all of which fit easily on a tiny podium

Barbara said...

I'd take those ears in before they kill someone. He's not George W.--his ears are smaller than mine, for crying out loud.

And what's with the shoes? does he really wear those?

David Germain said...

I'm a Canadian citizen so there's no way I could vote in this election. However, I would to take this opportunity to say that I would love to see either Barack or Hillary in the Whitehouse. Not necessarily because either one of them would make a fine president, but rather moreso because of Canada's present Prime Minister. It has become painfully evident that Mr. Stephen Harper is in the back pocket of the Dubya (much the same way Mulroney was in Reagen's pocket 20 years ago). Both men have the same policies and use the same underhanded tactics. I would love to see the look on Harper's face when he sees either of these Democratic figures in the position of president and must then cater to a completely opposite set of ideals. In this case, a better America will definitely make a better Canada.

Adam T said...

- No one goes to Harvard Law without working hard for it. (And no, it's not my alma mater...)-

I work on the Harvard Law campus. It has its share of idiots too. Ambitious idiots who get great standardized test scores, but they're still idiots.

Jim Rockford said...

Why all the political figures?
I would think those would only appeal to a very small niche market.

(I know I've never had the urge to buy a political figure..no matter how nicely rendered)

Why not do a series of classic Tv legends like Don Adams as Maxwell Smart,Barney from Andy Griffith,Jim Garner as Jim Rockford etc.

I'd love to see a Honeymooners Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton done by you,they'd be sell outs.

I love how you are able to capture the look of the real person yet at the same time remain cartoony,like Jack Davis!

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

"I was working on the Harlem Shuffle one day and Ralph called me into his office to shoot the crap..."

THAT'S something I'd like to hear more about, because although I hate the song ( and I'm a Stones fan ) I LOVE your animation in that, specifically the way the characters fill up the screen, or hide in it.

Talk about that some time?

- trevor.

jert said...

I like this series,I can't wait to see the sculpture, the likeness on the mccain is super strong , In my humble opinion the likeness isn't as strong with the obama yet, although the shapes are super interesting.
If I had to choose a phrase or something for the 3rd panel I'd say "Yes we can" would be the best choice.

lastangelman said...

Jim Rockford writes:Why not do a series of classic Tv legends like Don Adams as Maxwell Smart,Barney from Andy Griffith,Jim Garner as Jim Rockford etc.

I'd love to see a Honeymooners Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton done by you,they'd be sell outs.


All these characters and the images of the actors are trademarked and protected by various trusts, estates and holding companies and each have to be paid a licensing fee, which ain't cheap. C3 Entertainment certainly didn't wave the fee to use the Three Stooges likenesses when John K made those fantastic dolls.
And sometimes these licensing companies just won't sell you the right anyway (Until I can find or cite the quote, I'll just say Jim Garner would have strong feelings about his image as Jim Rockford done by John K, apparently he didn't like Ren and Stimpy - at all!)

Jeff Read said...

Try "audacity".

Craig Mahoney said...

You could go with two of his recent favorites: "bitter" and "cling", or the word I use to describe him: "naive".

Bill Field said...

I have enjoyed all the sideshow antics of this election, it's like we're all shouting, fight-fight-fight- wanting a spectacle and show as much as, ---well, change!
I often forget the high stakes of finding a competent next leader, because the media thinks they are ringmasters in the Battle of the Dems.
The word is CHANGE.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Are the Stooges dolls still available, John?

- trevor.

Jim Rockford said...
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Jim Rockford said...

lastangleman-

Hi,yes I am well aware of the fact that those characters are trademarked and legally protected.

(I have even stated as much in a previous post on the same topic)

However he DID do it with the Stooges and it was just a suggestion as to what I personally feel people would like to buy.

The "tooned up" series of maquettes that Electric Tiki did sold out pretty quickly,and some of them now fetch over 500 bucks on ebay.

Its just my personal opinion,but Political figures just dont thrill me.

Wouldnt you like to see a Honeymooners set by Mr K.??

As to your remark about James Garner you may well be right,however I have never heard or read anything from him on the subject of Ren & Stimpy.
If you can find an article I would be interested to read what he said.

I am certain he wouldnt care for the Adult party cartoons..I myself prefer the original Ren & Stimpy.

I guess I should have asked him when he signed my Firebird for me but it didnt enter my mind....on second thought if he hates the show its a good thing I didnt bring it up,he might have slugged me! lol.

I thought John's Stooges were fantastic and really captured the personalitys of the characters.
If the Stooges were still alive,I think they would have been very flattered!

You may be right though about James Garner,I cant say one way or the other how he personally would feel about it,he seemed to have a pretty good sense of humor though,and I dont think he'd be insulted by a rendering similar to these political ones by John k. but what the hell do I know.

I do know he liked the caricature that Darin Bristow did of him for his book!

Bill Field said...

Hey did you slip one in on us?
John, you chose---CHANGE?!
Great Lettering!

Bill Field said...

Hey kids! Remember, Your Ol' Unca B.O. needs you to get your folks to vote for him today--- So turn your cuteness up to 11, smile REAL big and say "Mom, Dad, PLEASE Vote for B.O.-Because... HILLARY STINKS!!!!!" When Unca B.O. becomes president, he's going to have a mandate that EVERY channel-broadcast AND cable- have at least 12 hours of cartoons every day!

Bill Field said...

If you need one more word COOL, you want something kinda matching the HOPE side, howzabout COPE as in kept his calm or cool. RUN B.O. RUN!or... WE NEED B.O.! or, just,,,WE LOVE B.O.!

Nate said...

"Can" as in "Yes we can"

or as in "Hope in a Can"

or "I can fly! I can fly! I can fly"

(please someone get that last joke)



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