Friday, November 28, 2008

Barack Obama calligraphy portrait

(November 2008) My calligraphy portrait of
President-elect Barack Obama is the latest in a series of unique calligraphy portraits that I've done over the years. Obama's own words, from his eloquent keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, rendered by hand in calligraphy, actually form his portrait! An absolutely unique work of art. Nobody else in the world creates anything like my unique calligraphy portraits. Others in the series are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Mary McLeod Bethune. Prints are available. Great for presents! Also great for school groups. For an individual 11 by 14 inch print on fine parchment, suitable for framing, just $25 each. For large orders of 20 or more prints, just $10 each. Send a check or money order to: Jerry Breen, 816A Cinnamon Ridge Place, Cockeysville, MD 21030. - Jerry Breen

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Obama Star Trek Book?

This is the cover art for a forthcoming project I'm working on. It's a book called "Dreams from My Sa-Mekh: A Story of Space and Inheritance". The title may remind you of a current best-seller. (Hint: "Sa-Mekh" is the Vulcan word for "father".) It's written by a certain half-Vulcan/half-human Starfleet officer, known only as "(asterisk)". (You couldn't pronounce his real name.) Like Spock, he has always been conflicted about his multiracial ancestry. In this poignant memoir, he confronts these issues and, possibly, goes where no Vulcan has gone before. Faithfully translated from the original Vulcan and profusely illustrated. Coming soon from Alpha Quadrant Press (site of the Breen Homeworld). For news on future developments, just send your email address to and we'll send updates right to your tricorder. Live Long and Hope! - Jerry Breen

Monday, November 10, 2008

President Obama Portrait Painting

(November 2008) The election is over and the people have spoken.
Perhaps my misgivings about Obama are unfounded and, as my friend cartoonist Tom Chalkley believes, Obama will surprise me and govern like a conventional Democratic administration. I certainly hope that he has a successful term of office, because that's best for the country. This painting of President Obama is the latest addition to my "Gallery of Heroes" at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, Maryland. President Obama's portrait joins over 175 others in the hallways of the school founded by Dr. Fred Smith. It's possibly the largest collection of portrait paintings by one artist in one place. - Jerry Breen (Portrait of President Obama (c) 2008 Fred Smith & Jerry Breen)

Obama & ACORN

(Oct. 23, 2008) My last political cartoon published before the election.
Someone asked me "You can't really hold Obama responsible for ACORN, can you?" More like the other way around - ACORN created Obama, in a way. Part of the "community organizing" of which Obama boasted was for ACORN. He also represented ACORN in court as an attorney. For years, he volunteered as a trainer for ACORN's voter registration workers. When he ran for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, Obama was a member of a fringe political party, the New Party, which was co-founded by ACORN. Obama's Presidential campaign hired a division of the "non-partisan" ACORN to "get out the vote" in the Democratic primaries. The new director of "non-partisan" ACORN officially endorsed Obama for President! (How non-partisan can you get?) - Jerry Breen

Cap'n McCain of the Titanic!

(Oct. 6, 2008) This cartoon refers to John McCain's unfortunate first take on the banking crisis (which ultimately sank his Presidential campaign). It sounded a bit too much like Herbert Hoover's futile predictions that "Prosperity is just around the corner" in the depths of the Great Depression. Fortunately, this time around, noone is proposing anything like the disastrous Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act, which was enacted following the 1929 stock market crash. (It was the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act that actually caused the Depression, not the crash. There was a bigger stock market crash in the 1980's, but no depression followed, because noone panicked and the economy quickly recovered.) - Jerry Breen