Vroom, Vroom the Conversation Starter!

first of all, Dallas Comicon was the bomb! a big thank you to everyone who attended, came by to talk, check out my stuff, commission a drawing, buy something, and especially to my boys from the mighty Ghostwerks crew who helped bring that special geedub atmosphere! this piece was very, very popular. i only sold one copy, but almost every single person who looked at it laughed (some people actually fell out laughing). it was also something of a conversation starter, leading to several fascinating exchanges about racism, Bill Cosby, and social inequality (among others topics). this was my most successful show in a while, and it was good to see my friends really get into it. they have so much talent, and it's good to see them getting money and positive feedback from fans and customers again.
anyways, if you want to order a print of this, just let me know!


Vee (Scratch) said...

Awww man . . . you went there? It's all good, everybody has there opinion. My brother would quickly dismiss him as a sell-out.

I see it differently, the brother Cosby put in his time and work towards excellence.

samax said...

1) i didn't write it. my client (a white dude, if that matters) did.
2) it originally was supposed to read "Spike Lee" in place of bill cosby
3) i changed it to Cosby because it was funnier
4) the client agreed
5) the intent was to make fun of the Klan, but i thought changing it to Cosby added depth to the joke...

i don't think cosby is a sell out. i actually agree with a lot of his sentiments... HOWEVER, i think that he comes off like an angry old neighbor, not like (what i think he is) a concerned patriarch.

i think Cosby in his rants and public appearances oversimplifies the subject, and demonizes poor people. he's not alone... i could have put "Oprah" on that sign and gotten the same effect.

like Oprah, Bill Cosby has always been popular with white people, and i think a person like that has a responsibility to remember that he is black when he criticizes the black community in public. when he speaks the way he does, it is empowering to less than sympathetic white people.

all that being said, this is a cartoon. i think it's funny. i didn't mean the man any harm... and i can honestly say it's lead to many deep and substantive discussions about race and racism (and all it's complexities). i'm glad i made it.

i'm happy to talk all day about the subject, and what i think about Cosby, his career, and issues of race and black culture (my minor is in social science), and i sure appreciate your comment and your attitude, cousin!

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