My friend Jesse Duquette stops by to discuss the American political landscape, comics and internet trolls. This is an awesome conversation with a brilliant human being!
Instagram’s “most shadow-banned cartoonist,” Duquette first garnered attention for his comic-a-day project “The Daily Don,” which skewered the Trump Administration. In this exhibition, “Cryptids & Creepshows,” the New York artist exhibits fifty-two drawings of monstrosities both political and mythical. One wall of the gallery features satirical scenes starring fiends of the right wing: Reagan and Trump proudly high-fiving over the AIDS and coronavirus epidemics; Mitch McConnell devouring Lady Liberty, in the style of Goya’s Saturn; Marjorie Taylor Green living her truth, her head a Ku Klux Klan hood atop a steaming whorl of poo. On the opposite wall hang illustrations of bizarro creatures that Duquette found in far-flung bestiaries, such as the fiery-haired Welsh giant Gogmagog; the one-eyed, two-stomached Amazonian Mapinguari; and the Japanese Okubi, a female head composed of vengeful souls. Excoriation is Duquette’s mode of vengeance—and of catharsis. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself giggling, even as you recoil from the horror of it all.
— Jennifer Krasinski
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