A cartoonist says he is not trying to make light of President Trump by illustrating his tweets for an upcoming graphic novel.
Shannon Wheeler’s Sh-T My President Says comes out August 15 and will include 120 pages of sketches inspired by Trump’s Twitter account.
“For the most part, I’m not trying to make fun of Trump,” he told Circa Monday. “I’m really just trying to look at what he’s thinking and just illustrate it deadpan.”
“It’s very clear that he has a world view that’s very strong,” Wheeler added. “[I’m] just trying to illustrate that and bring that into light.”
“One of the things that really became apparent to me, looking at his past tweets, they really reflect on his current state of mind.”
Trump has 35.3 million followers on Twitter, a social media platform he frequently uses for stating his opinions, attacking rivals and even revealing policy plans.
The president’s Twitter habits are consequently a recurring topic of national interest for critics and supporters alike.
Some Twitter users on Monday, for example, criticized Trump’s use of the 140-character medium.
Trump's tweets should be taken for what they are: the unhinged ravings of a crazy old man.— Brian Perry (@BTP1960) August 7, 2017
Other people on the social media platform praised Trump’s tweeting, which has become one of the president’s most used communications methods.
Wheeler said he first illustrated one of Trump’s tweets after seeing one about the president’s thoughts on vaccines or a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The artist also said he had particularly enjoyed drawing pictures inspired by Trump’s tweets on his tax returns.
Wheeler, who has previously created cartoons for the New Yorker, added that Trump’s tweets are partly a record of his presidency.
“[Trump] complained a lot about [former President Barack] Obama playing golf,” he said. “And now it looks like it was just jealousy.”
“Looking at his past tweets, his criticisms were just foreshadowing for what he really wanted to do himself,” Wheeler added. “And now he is.”
“Looking at his past tweets, his criticisms were just foreshadowing what he really wanted to do himself.”
Sh-t My President Says will be released by Top Shelf later this month, and the collection is available for pre-order on the publisher’s website for $14.99.