As I type this out for you and talk about how awesome Mandy Wright is, my heart is not in it. Moments before I wrote this I found out Joe Kubert has passed away. My tears are dry and I am gearing up for a Friday comic about the great Joe Kubert. I will leave you with this, Joe Kubert will always be remembered for 2 things: 1) Using comics to wage war against Fascism in comic form and doing so for over 70 years and 2) Working hard at building an educational insitutution for art. Education and fighting Fascists are very important to me, which is why his passing breaks my heart.
Speaking of fighting against Fascists and for Education there is Mandy Wright.
(How was that for a transistion?)
In reading her biography and editorials I saw someone who was ready to lead. She is fighting for education against the facist state run by Scott Walker. I was never in high school sports, but my lessons were learned in the art class room. I can relate to her fighting for a propper education for skills that she can use as an adult. I too was cut from my soccer team. Only in my case it was my art class. Texas had a deficit where funding would 1st go to the football team, then the marching band and then the cheerleader squad. Remember "Friday Night Lights?" The Cleburne Yellowjackets did well in the play-offs that year. We had a good team. We always made it to the play-offs. Honestly I can't remember if we ever won while I was there, but who cares? Because of this focus on football, my freshman year in high schhool, the first chance I would have a real art class because they cut it in Junior High, was cut from me because they couldn't put any freshmen in Art 1. I was devastated.
Sadly, being in Texas, I was unable to "go from Soccer to Football." Fortunately, I moved to Connecticut. In the 2 and half years I was there, I took every art class they offered except print making. I still regret missing that one.
People like Mandy will work hard so students like me can have the opportunity they need to have the foundation to be successful at whatever career they choose. That is why she was a great teacher and that is why she will be a great assembly woman.
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.
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