Without Randy Bryce there might not be Right About Now, and he doesn't know it.
I am from a blue collar family. My grandfather is (a racist) an old school Democrat and is 80 something and is still working. Mainly because he loves his work. He is finally starting to slow down although his body has been slowing down for the past decade. He built the house he lives in, the garage he runs his business out of, the road they live on and the business he still runs.
My Uncle Kenny (who is my favorite Uncle) has worked for a small concrete company for many years. He is a smart guy, but not book smart. He also built his house (Across the street from my grandfather) and built his house and garage by himself. That is my family.
When the protests in Wisconsin began, I was looking at images and one image struck me and made me realize that this wasn't a bunch of hippies protesting Scott Walker, but the people of Wisconsin. That was an image of Randy Bryce.
In this one image was a small part of the catalyst that sparked the comic.
I have gotten to know Randy Bryce over the past 5 months, and he reminds me a lot of my family. Smart in the ways my uncle is, driven by the love of his work like my grandfather (except Randy is not racist.) Randy does not always know the answers, but is willing to listen to the people so he can have a better understanding of what needs to be done.
He understands that unions built this country's middle class. He has and he will fight for the middle class. He will fight for the rights of the people longer than he is physically able to, and love it. Just like my grandfather.
Most importantly, he is willing to engage. He is not a flaming liberal, but he is a man who has a few good ideas, and is willing to learn to be a better person, and he is a leader who listens.
Also he has a swell poster:
That is a swell photo I used to make that poster is by Jenna Pope.
July 14th was my birthday. And I want to not ask for happy birthdays, although I will accept them happily, but I ask you for help. As some of you may know, I have never been to Wisconsin. We need to fix this, I would like to see Wisconsin and spend several days at a workshop run by one of my favorite artists, Steve Rude.
I don't have the money to do this on my own, but with your help we can get me to Wisconsin. As one who is making an investment in my art, you can receive some art. Check out the video below and click on the link to donate and help me get to Wisconsin.