Here is the gigantically disappointing reason behind my series of caricatures of all 44 U.S. Presidents:
The Lovely Anna framed all the originals and used them as the centerpieces for the tables at the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards banquet last night. Each table was the “President’s Table”, with the corresponding number for each president, my caricature, a beautiful vase with blossoms, and a hand painted box with the years of the president’s term(s) written on it. Inside that box were little items representing that president (peanuts for Carter, a little baseball for Taft, a old fashioned radio mic for FDR, etc), and fun facts about that president.
I took these pictures before they had finished the arrangement, which included some ribbon and a dusting of red, white and blue stars, so it looked even better than this.
We didn’t tell anyone that the drawings at each table were originals, but some people figured it out and they all disappeared. That’s what they were there for, we wanted people to take them home.
So that’s the reason for the presidents. Told you it was anticlimactic.
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