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Here is a review of WARNING! Graphic Content by Cartoon Movement.  Dig it.

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In Print

by Mr. Fish on January 22, 2015 · 3 comments

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Here is the write up of my new book, WARNING! Graphic Content, in PRINT Magazine, which I’ve been a fan of ever since I was a wee lass living in the wilds of New Jersey with scabs on my knees and hollyhocks in my hair and broken dreams balled up and shrieking in my widdle stinky fists.  A lovely honor, indeed!  Dig it.

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Radio Free Fish

by Mr. Fish on January 10, 2015 · 1 comment

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Here are a pair of links to Mr. Fish spouting off about Charlie Hebdo, Helen Thomas, American exceptionalism and why pens and pencils and erasures are fucking awesome – sometimes.  Dig it.

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Caricature Assassination

by Mr. Fish on January 7, 2015 · 2 comments

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Let me begin by saying that anyone incapable of interpreting the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris today as anything but a cruel and meaningless act of mass murder deserves neither my respect nor deference.

To suggest, as some in the media – particularly those arguing from the right wing – have over the last several hours (or the last several years, if you want to include the calls for self-censorship from artists surrounding the violence inspired by the 2005 Danish Muhammad/Jyllands-Posten controversy), that the targeting and killing of editors and cartoonists at a satire magazine is indeed a tragic event, but one that is an inevitable consequence for those stupid enough to antagonize reactionary extremists, is overly simplistic, offensive and contrary to the purpose and promise of free speech and open democracy.

Expressing an opinion with the point of a pencil leveled against a piece of parchment should in no way justify the point of a propelled bullet or bayonet leveled against living flesh as a reasonable response under any circumstance. Specifically, exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should never be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again – for centuries, in fact! – as if art-making were a form of telekinesis capable of physically threatening life and limb.

Instead, art, like every other form of commentary, should equate with the voicing of an opinion, nothing more, even when that opinion is derogatory enough to piss people off by suggesting that there is not – nor will there ever be – a single favorite color that everybody must bow down to and claim as the best and prettiest in the universe. This is equally true for those who demand mindless allegiance, not just to extreme interpretations of the Koran, but to the Bible, any new iteration of the John Birch Society or The Wall Street Journal.

To quote my hero, Lenny Bruce:  Knowledge of syphilis is not instruction to get it. Likewise, knowledge of an opposing point of view is not instruction to eradicate it—nor embrace it.

Of course, an additional point can be made in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre regarding the place of the editorial cartoonist in contemporary society, particularly in the United States. While there exists near-universal condemnation of the killings from the overwhelming majority of news outlets reporting on the subject, there is absolutely no acknowledgment of precisely how little support or tolerance contemporary culture has given to the profession as a whole.

To cite a report released by the Herblock Foundation in 2012, at the beginning of the 20th century there existed approximated 2,000 full-time staff cartoonists employed by news organizations across the country. In 2012 there were fewer than 40, and conservative estimates suggest there are less than 20 today—surely a blow to free speech of epic proportions.

The significance of those numbers might best be understood when compared to the dwindling numbers of an endangered species, not unlike the polar bear, who draws worldwide sympathy primarily when pictured drifting forlorn and alone on a shrinking block of ice or lying skinless and butchered by mindless thugs on a crimson bank. Likewise, it should be noted with some urgency that something systemic in the culture (similar to global warming, corporately inspired, government subsidized and willfully ignored by a disempowered public) is substantially diminishing the cartoonist population and threatening the very survival of the rendered word and the contemplative caption—and the very essence of creative dissent.

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A Filthy Dirty Movie starring Mr. Fish!

by Mr. Fish November 23, 2014 Words

With Thanksgiving looming and scarcely a month before the white Republican Jesus tumbles minty clean and blue-eyed from his mother’s stinky surprise to insist that everybody on the planet blush at the same exact shit that he and his super uptight conservative dad blush at or else, the crowdfunding campaign to finish the ferociously wise […]

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Fish in Pasadena, CA!

by Mr. Fish November 10, 2014 Words

Come all ye faithless!  Where?  To the world famous Art Center in Pasadena.  Why?  Because I will be there on Thursday the 13th to talk about my new book and to project images and ideas guaranteed to enlighten and nauseate and perturb.  The event, unlike most of the others surrounding the promotion of this book […]

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Nation Shout Out

by Mr. Fish October 27, 2014 Words

Here’s a link to the excerpt from my new book, WARNING! Graphic Content, published in this week’s Nation magazine.  Dig it. More Sharing Options

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WARNING: Graphic Content

by Mr. Fish October 7, 2014 Words

Have your IDs ready and your intolerance for dirty pictures and controversial ideas checked at the door for it’s time to step into the head of Mr. Fish, where filthy ideas meet deep insights and something like inspiring woe, discouraging indifference and gleeful nihilism are born! After interviewing notorious brainiacs such as Art Spiegelman and […]

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Any Chance to Draw Dick

by Mr. Fish October 5, 2014 Words

Here’s an illustration I did for a piece published on WhoWhatWhy.com about the government that runs the government that runs the government.  I loved how nostalgic it made me feel for the Bush years, when doomsday was so easy to predict and rail against.  Dig it. More Sharing Options

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On and Off the Record with Graham Nash

by Mr. Fish September 23, 2014 Words

Here’s the recent interview that I did with Graham Nash for Huffington Post.  Dig it. More Sharing Options

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