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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact: Crystal Yakacki

Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons of Ward Sutton

Track 16 Gallery with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics is pleased to present Village Voice cartoonist Ward Sutton and his latest publication Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons of Ward Sutton. The evening will consist of a PowerPoint presentation by Sutton, followed by a book signing on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 P.M.  Admission $5. Please R.S.V.P. to Track 16 Gallery, 310.264.4678, or via email at reception@track16.com.

Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons and Art of Ward Sutton (Seven Stories Press, May 17, 2005) collects for the first time Sutton”s hilarious, irreverent social commentary. Sutton”s 100-plus full-color works document the flights and folly of an era, from politics to popular music, from the war on drugs to the war on terror, all the while taking on politicians on both sides of the aisle.

As a Voice cartoonist Sutton is one of a group of the country”s most acerbic and irreverent political cartoonists, including among his colleagues Tom Tomorrow, David Rees and Ted Rall. His work has been acclaimed by Matt Groening and the Daily Show, and featured everywhere from the covers of the New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone to the pages of the weekly papers across the country. His weekly column Sutton Impact, formerly known as Schlock “n” Roll has been running in the Village Voice since 1994.

Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons of Ward Sutton
$17.95 original trade paperback | 128 pages| 8x8 | full color throughout
Graphic novels/ cartoons
May 15, 2005 | 158322677X
About the author:

While his 6th grade teacher looked the other way, Ward began honing his comic art skills and has been expanding the scope of his work ever since. His self-syndicated, weekly comic strip, Schlock'n'Roll, debuted in 1995 and has been running in the Village Voice since 1998. In 2000 he developed a new bi-weekly cartoon called That's Entertoonment! that runs in TV Guide. He has been creating "Op-Art" cartoons for the New York Times Op-Ed page on a semi-regular basis since the spring of 1999. His previous self-syndicated, weekly comic strip was Ward's Cleaver, which ran from 1990”1997. His cartoons have also appeared in Rolling Stone, Time and Entertainment Weekly.

Ward has created illustrations for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Talk, Esquire, Time, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere. His art appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in December of 2000 and on the cover of TV Guide in January of 2001. In Nov. 1998 his portrait of Prince Charles appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine.

Originally from Minneapolis, Ward lived in Seattle from 1991”1995. There he began designing and illustrating low-budget concert posters for local bands that were stapled all over town on telephone poles. After moving to New York in 1995, he began creating brightly colored, limited-edition silk-screened posters for bands such as Beck, Blues Traveler, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam and Phish and through the San Francisco company ArtRock.

These posters caught the eye of art directors, and in late 1997, Ward was hired to create the art for the Tony-nominated hit Broadway show "Freak," starring John Leguizamo. Ward had his first New York poster art exhibition in February of 1998 and then took the show on the road, touring to Minneapolis, Seattle, Boulder, and finally to Austin, TX at the request of the local AIGA in 1999. Later in 1999, Ward designed the poster for the hit Broadway show "Jackie Mason”Much Ado About Everything." He then created artwork for the poster, programs, promo pieces etc. for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Other projects have included designing the stage backdrops and site banners for the 1997 HORDE festival, which featured Neil Young and Beck.

Ward is now branching out into the field of animation. In the fall of 2001 he designed and directed an animated short for HBO, which debuted in 2002. Other projects include the animated opening sequence to the show Strangers With Candy on Comedy Central, many projects for the Nickelodeon channel TV Land, and the sponsor trailers for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. His interest in animation led him to organize the Society of Publication Designers 2nd Annual Animation Festival in New York City in April, 2000.
Ward is working to create for television and film. He also paints, and shoots and edits footage from his digital video camera. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Sue.