You Can Get Killed Doing This | Rick Meyerowitz | TEDxSonomaCounty


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Rick Meyerowitz shares his perspective on a career as an artist and satirist.

Rick Meyerowitz began contributing illustrated articles to National Lampoon in April 1970. He painted both the poster for “Animal House,” and the Lampoon’s most iconic visual, the “Mona Gorilla,” which has been called “One of the enduring icons of American humor” His recent book, “DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great” was published by Abrams. More recently, Rick was insanely pleased to have painted the poster for the documentary film, “DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD, The Story of the National Lampoon.”

Shortly after 9/11, Rick and Maira Kalman created the New Yorker cover they called “NewYorkistan,” about which the New York Times wrote: “When their cover came out, a dark cloud seemed to lift.” Rick would like to point out that the lifting of one little cloud will hardly put a dent in the pall hovering over us these days, but he doesn’t want to be a bummer, so he won’t.

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