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Nathan Fox – Illustrations for NYMag stir up controversy

In the latest issue of New York Magazine, the cover story details the dissension that went on behind the scenes of John Edwards’ camp during the 2008 presidential election. Titled “Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster,” the story is an excerpt from the book Game Change by New York Magazine’s John Heilemann and Time magazine’s Mark Halperin.

New York Magazine called on Nathan Fox to tell the story in the style of a graphic novel. Fox’s images illustrate some of the most appalling moments in the book, revealing the tawdry side of the carefully crafted image of the presidential candidate and his retinue.

The graphic representations of John Edwards’ infidelity and his wife Elizabeth’s angry outbursts have raised impassioned responses. Political blog “The Bag” wrote that the illustrations are a “thoroughly soap opera-style demolition of (Ego Monster) John and (Saint) Elizabeth Edwards.”

Jezebel, a blog with a large female audience, commented, “The comic-book art is apt: these characters are drawn in broad strokes and primary colors. Heroes! And villains! And politicians who are – shocker! – not exactly what they seem! Whited sepulchres are always good on a Monday, but there’s a lot to be said for shades of gray.”

Read the rest of the story at the Bernstein & Andriulli blog.