“I wish the Constitution, which is offered, had been made more perfect; but I sincerely believe it is the best that could be obtained at this time.” – George Washington
Our guest on this illustrative episode of the Popzara Podcast is cartoonist R. Sikoryak, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker, GQ, MAD Magazine, and The Daily Show, creator of best-sellers Masterpiece Comics and iTunes Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, here to talk about his latest creation: Constitution Illustrated, now available from Drawn & Quarterly. Joining him is our own comics fan Nathan Evans, whose yet to publish any best-selling anything, but has been known to read a few from time to time.
Together, they talk the Constitution, the supreme law and foundational document of the United States of America that has worked out nicely for over 232 years. But anything two centuries old could use a little sprucing up to make it palatable for today’s attention-deficit crowd. That job falls to R. “Bob” Sikoryak, “the original master of pop-culture pastiche”, matching the original Constitutional text with legendary comic parodies that somehow improve both immeasurably.
It’s a collection spanning over 100 years of comic greats that include everything – and everyone – from Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Bill Watterson’s Calvin ‘n Hobbes, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, Roz Chast, Muppet Babies, Rick and Morty, Tales From the Crypt, Barbie and many others, Constitution Illustrated is as much a history lesson about great American comics as it is about the country’s most cherished foundational document. What, you’ve never heard of Gustave Verbeek’s turn-of-the century The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo? You will here!
Also discussed are the importance of preserving both historical comics – and historical documents, his long-running Carousel: Comics Performances and Picture Shows, comparisons to parody king Weird Al Yankovic, rendering Steve Jobs, how problematic pasts don’t have to be divisive, and how you’ll probably never look at the Constitution the same way again.