I think we can all agree that the year 2020 was a horrible one.

As in the absolute worst.

Speaking only for myself, the possibility of a Trump reelection, the murder and terrorizing of people of color by the police, and decimation of life and livelihoods by the Covid19 pandemic, represented a trifecta of pain and suffering that threatened both my psyche and physical being.

Thankfully, as a professional illustrator I could speak to the unrest in my own inimitable catharsis inducing style.

Combining the importance of wearing a mask with the importance of embracing Medicare 4 All, while millions…

Have Trump and the Republican Party overplayed their hand? Will Democrats’ actions meet the moment of the threat?

Donald J. Trump likes to dog whistle. Yes, you’re thinking of the dog whistling that he’s done over the years to appease the white supremacists within his base. That subsonic sound culminating into a deafening bullhorn shriek directed at the Proud Boys to “Stand down and standby” during Donald’s debacle of a debate between himself and Joe Biden.

Nope. Not that kind of dog whistle. There’s another siren song he’s been signaling. One could say he’s been playing this tune since the…

Just before noon on Sunday August 16, the Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer sent out a barrage of tweets that spanned the entirety of the afternoon.

I feel these are the two that are most important:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney and Senator Gary Peters and I are calling on Postmaster General DeJoy and USPS Board of Governors Chairman Duncan to testify before Congress.

If Postmaster General DeJoy doesn’t testify before Congress next week as Speaker Pelosi and I have requested, he should be stamped, returned to sender, and removed from his position.

Let’s stop and we’ll return…

This is America. Illustration by AlphaCMT

The chickens have come home to roost.

What goes around comes around.

You reap what you sow.

These are the most common colloquialisms to describe what this country is going through. Everything that is happening in this country, in this moment in time, the summer of 2020, what does it mean? This is what I know.

It means you had it coming. In spades.

This country was born in rioting and looting, and that irony is not lost on me. It was built on theft, murder, and slavery. …

On November 8th, 2016 Donald J. Trump lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College. He became the 45th President of the United States. The famous Maya Angelou quote frames it best, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Trump showed us who he was when he campaigned. Trump showed us who he was for forty years before that. in both his personal and professional life. He’s a misogynist. He’s a racist. He’s xenophobic. He’s a liar. He’s a cheat. He is an admires totalitarian governments and the despots that lead them.

And he’s…

Make no mistake, the 21st century American Civil War is upon us. This is not a war of guns and ammunition; instead it is a war of ideologies. On one side, cloaked beneath the veneer of conservatism is the ideology of racism and fascism. Donald J. Trump’s regime, and the Republican Party as a whole, have embraced, pushed and fomented this ideology. On the other side are the rest of “US.”

“US” are the American people who voted against Donald Trump. “US” are the concerned citizens who believe in the American dream, a dream that is inclusive, a dream that…

An illustrator’s journey from conception to finished product.

When you’re a freelance illustrator you just never know when the phone is going to ring with a potential job offer. And since I absolutely hate talking on the phone, and no one has my number… it NEVER rings. I guess that has something to do with working in customer service in another lifetime when I had to answer twenty to thirty calls a hour, EVERY hour, eight hours a day in a cubicle with no windows for twelve years.

Yup, you guessed it… Hell on earth.

So no, my phone doesn’t…


And as a Twitter user, YOU’RE going to do it.

No, not literally.

But figuratively. And not in a way you’d expect.

Professor Robert Reich, who served in the presidential administrations of Ford and Carter, and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997, is a staunch critic of Donald Trump. Reich claims that Trump has successfully used Twitter to bypass the media, using the social media platform to speak directly to his constituents; disseminating misinformation and downright lies in the process.

He’s right. Twitter is virtual sound bytes in written form, perfect for mass consumption…

Process: From pencils to colors

Here on page five of the New Draconians, the widescreen approach is reinforced with a conscious choice in design. I’ve written before how there is one school of approach to western comic book storytelling where the eye should visually go from the upper left and work it’s way down and out through the bottom right of the last panel.

Panels one and two are thematically connected and subtly direct the reader’s eye downward. The perspective through line used to illustrate the futuristic Manhattan cityscape works in tandem with design lines of the interior background of the second panel. Using a…

Welcome to page four of the New Draconians. As you can see, I’ve reverted back to the widescreen approach. This page illustrates an interesting transition: Letting both color and special effects do the heavy lifting and define the page visually.

I’ve been penciling and inking my own pieces for over twenty years, so my natural inclination, my default setting if you will… is to create in black and white. But now, having decided to color my own work opens up new opportunities. It literally forces you to rethink your process from the ground up.

It was a conscious decision from…

Christopher Taylor

Writer, Illustrator, graphic designer. AKA AlphaCMT.

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