For anyone that’s going to the inauguration tomorrow to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, keep an eye out for a chubby white guy with a sketchpad roaming around the crowds.
I’ll be drawing and taking pictures for various newspapers, attempting to be a modern-day Shel Silverstein while hopefully not freezing to death.
Long before he became a world-famous children’s-book author, Silverstein went to work for fellow Chicago native and cartoonist buddy Hugh Hefner at Playboy magazine.
Silverstein did several brilliant comic travelogues published by Playboy between 1957 and 1968, These pieces took Silverstein all across the world, from Scandinavia to Africa and the Middle East, from Paris and London to Moscow. He even did a two-part epic titled “Silverstein Among the Hippies.”
So we’ll see what I can do. I’ll be in Washington on Monday and Tuesday talking to people and covering the festivities, and I’ll return to Delaware on Wednesday to assemble what I was able to produce for various publications.
I’ll post what I can when I can. So just check back on Wednesday to see what I came up with, good or bad. You can also follow me on twitter, where I’ll be posting brief updates throughout the day. You can follow me here.
And don’t worry. I’ve already been warned about the bathroom situation. In fact, that’s where I’ll be headed first.
There’s lots of comedic potential in millions of people fighting over port-a-potties.