Anyone who has slaved over a book exhibition for months has probably had that experience when a friend, who is not a "book person," comes to see the show. You can tell from their reaction that the experience is something similar to seeing an art exhibition with the paintings displayed still nailed shut inside their wooden shipping crates. When you go to European museums, you realize how lucky we are in the United States that artworks are not usually displayed behind glass.
Barack Obama's first hundred days are over but artists are just getting started responding to his administration. While Shepard Fairey's Hope is now iconic, did you know that Obama has teamed up with the Youngblood superhero team? That in comic-land he got drafted to save the post-apocolyptic future? Or that he joined forces with Lycra-clad Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton to vanquish demonized versions of George Bush and Dick Cheney?