Steve Brodner, satirical illustrator and “art journalist,” was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1954. His career and graphics began soon after his graduation from Cooper Union in 1976, when he landed a position cartooning for The Hudson Dispatch in Union City, New Jersey. In 1977, The New York Times Book Review began tapping him for illustrations and he went freelance. In 1979-82 he published his own journal, The New York Illustrated News. In 1981 he became a regular contributor to Harper’s magazine with the monthly feature, “Ars Politica.” In the 1980s, his work regularly appeared in National Lampoon, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Spy and other publications. In 1988 Esquire brought him in as unofficial house artist. It was there that he did portrait caricature, art journalism and a back-page political cartoon, “Adversaria”. His caricatures of figures in popular and political culture have appeared in publications across the United States. Recently, he has begun to use video to dramatize his cartooning and political commentary in action.
Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal recently dubbed “the undisputed guru” of animated political cartooning, has placed his work in a wide variety of online news web sites. After a short stint producing traditional political cartoons as staff cartoonist at the San Jose Mercury News, Fiore moved to devote all his energies to animated work. His innovation and artistry received the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience in 1993. Seven years later, his animations were recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for cartooning. Fiore has also earned a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, honors from the Online News Association, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the National Cartoonists Society. He has recently innovated further in the capacities of web-based animation by hyperlinks connecting his cartoons to the news stories that inspired them and to recommendations for action addressing the issues that inspired his cartoons.
Tim O’Brien is an illustrator and portrait painter whose intricately detailed and imaginative illustrations have appeared in Time magazine, Der Spiegel, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, National Geographic, Playboy, New York magazine and The New York Times. He has designed several US postage stamps. O’Brien is the executive vice-president and member of the executive committee of the Society of Illustrators in New York. He teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.