Praise & Press
“Clay Butler’s Sidewalk Bubblegum cartoons are not just hilarious- they are intelligent, witty, acutely perceptive social commentary, profound cultural analysis in the guise of devastating satire.” –
Author of A People’s History of the United States.
“The wonderful clarity of Clay Butler’s line work is matched only by the pointed acidity of his commentary. Sidewalk Bubblegum is a treat for the mind as well as the eye.” –
creator of This Modern World.
“Clay Butler’s “Sidewalk Bubblegum” achieves the impossible: Elevating the humble gag cartoon from the insipid one-liners of yesteryear–and today’s “New Yorker”–to relevant, postmodern comments on the state of society. Deceptively simple and easy on the eye, it’s one of the most subversive graphic commentaries around.”
Creator of the nationally syndicated political comic strip Rall
“I’ve admired “Sidewalk Bubblegum” for years. It’s more than appealing artwork, more than good storytelling, more, even, than intelligent, sympathetic politics. “Sidewalk Bubblegum” possesses some kind of underlying structural efficiency that conveys maximum thought through minimal information. In 4 panels or less, it precisely illustrates volumes of political and social commentary. The result is simple, charming, and devastating. Oh yeah, it’s funny, too.”
Creator of Nina’s Adventures
“Clay Butler rushes where most cartoonists fear to tread. He takes aim at crucial- and unsettling- realities of our daily lives. If truth is the target, Butler hits plenty of bulls-eyes. You may cringe – but you’ll also laugh… and think!” –
Author of the weekly syndicated column Beat and author of Adventures in Media-land.
“Butler is probably the best draftsman to do political panel cartoons since Ron Cobb back in the 1960s. He possesses a special gift for drawing different species of late-20th-century types: anonymous midlevel managers, wife-beating rageballs and TV news anchormen. The Glory of Capitalism targets not just supply-side economists but also sunny-side journalists. A prime Butler gag depicts a newsman reassuring a homeless woman that at least her children don’t have to worry about exposure to Internet pornography. Butler excels at drawing out the monstrosity of societally endorsed heroes. In one cartoon, we see Butler’s vision of that urban legend “the self-made man” as a Frankenstein’s monster built out of other people’s flesh. In another, he shows how the insistence on “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” leaves us all blind and toothless, as Martin Luther King Jr. once put it. Though Butler’s monsters are no slouches themselves, monstrosity grows more frightening the more human it gets.” –
Richard von Bussack
“It’s the chewiest, the juiciest… Clay Butler’s Sidewalk Bubblegum is quite simply the cat’s pajamas… it’s where I steal most of my ideas!” –
Author of the “K” Chronicles.