Psst … you should see how hard SW Parra has been working on his upcoming ArtHop show at The Fresno Bee. The Bee’s award-winning editorial cartoonist has been scurrying around for weeks making sure this ArtHop is extra special. He’s had the artwork up for a week now — but each piece is cleverly covered, so even employees will have to wait until 5 p.m. Thursday for the big event.
We caught up with SW — or, as we call him in the office, Steve/Steven/Cool Artist Guy — to chat about this exciting show from the award-winning editorial cartoonist.
Question: Do you remember your first editorial cartoon? What was the subject?
My first editorial cartoon was drawn for my Mom. It was in 1969 and I was seven years old. It was something to do with Richard Nixon.
How many editorial cartoons are featured in the show, and what years do they cover? Do you have a favorite?
There may be 50 to 60 sketches, original drawings and prints in the show including one that is 4 feet x 5 feet that guests can actually pose inside of and Instagram or Tweet a selfie. The show includes a copy of a cartoon that published back in November 1998 but mostly the range is during the last 14 years.
A favorite? That’s tough. It might be the broken pencil held together with a rubber band — a metaphor for the much embattled and heavily challenged Fresno Unified School District.