- Wed, 4 May 2022 10:25:38 +0430
Steve Brodner - USA
After getting his BFA at Cooper Union in 1976 Brodner became editorial cartoonist at The Hudson Dispatch, in Union City, New Jersey.
In 1977 Steven Heller, protean art director of The New York Times Book Review, began tapping him for illustration assignments.
Eventually Brodner realized he could survive nicely just doing this without ever having a real job.
This is called Freelance Illustration. To this day he is still confused about how this works.
In 1979-82 he published his own journal, The New York Illustrated News which was a little like this Bicycle but using a technique called printing.
In 1981 he became a regular contributor to Harper’s magazine with the monthly feature, “Ars Politica”, a name thought up by Lewis Lapham, Harper’s editor.
In the late 1980’s, as editors realized that Ronald Reagan was less like an Olympian God and more like a rotting puppet, more magazines asked Brodner to contribute regularly.
These included the National Lampoon, Sports Illustrated, Playboy and Spy.
In 1988 Esquire brought him in as an unofficial house artist. It was there that he did portrait caricature, art journalism and a back page political cartoon, Adversaria.