Stephen Byrne talks satirizing ‘absurd’ Donald Trump and animating ‘Buffy’

There’s something particularly absurd about Trump and the various… absurdities is the best word I can think of for all the things that go on that are just completely nonsensical. But I don’t think I’ve actually ended up taking any of those because I do illustration work and comic books and that takes up vast quantities of time. Show Full Article So there are a couple of things in there that just happened… I was more interested in making the jokes and making points in this than I was in making a spectacular piece of animation. Every time I’ve put one of these videos out there’s been several hundred thousand views of it so that’s been nice. It doesn’t say what I want to say.” And then when the Trump villains image occurred to me I was like, “That’s the one.” Then I went and made it. Or is there no figure that you can really lampoon this way? Animation takes a lot of time, and some of the stuff in the video is very current. It still sold, but it had more of a depressing connotation because it reminded people of something that was very real. A lot of your fan art also does well on social media. Honestly, I hope it highlights the absurdity of what’s going on in the Trump administration to some people, and maybe just makes them cast a more critical eye over some of the things that they say and do. No, I’ve just been working on it, and then I finished it. If they weren’t so depressing or if there weren’t really intense consequences to it, they’d be hilarious. I’ve generally stuck to the day job because I really like it. It’s not really strategic in that sense. has got the President saying he’s being spied on through a microwave, so it’s different. I remember I had lots of ideas for things, but I didn’t do any of them. Getty
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The latest issue of   Justice League/Power Rangers will be available for purchase May 5 — subscribe here —   while IDW’s Love Is Love is currently available for purchase now. What do you hope people take away from this latest video? STEPHEN BYRNE: Continuing exhaustion and depression about the state of U.S. Joss Whedon retweeted my animated Adventures of Buffy thing. I really wanted to do something but didn’t necessarily know what that was. And this isn’t the first time Byrne — whose work has appeared in IDW’s   Love Is Love   — has satirized Trump. It was months before I actually finally did that image because a bunch of ideas went through my head, but I was like, “No, that’s not right. The first time he did so was early last year with an illustration depicting the then-Presidential nominee backed by many well-known pop culture villains. I literally just had to draw the things that are happening, and that is funny in and of itself. And now, he’s turned his attention to animating a much   less fictional character: President Donald Trump. Has it led to any animation work? But no, he won, and so now that image has become a little more depressing than it used to be. When that kind of stuff happens that’s always fun. You’ve also done animated videos of Buffy, and Doctor Who, and Firefly. That’s how I do it because it’s my free time. I want to spend it doing things that I want to do and not things that I think other people want to see. You can see more of Byrne’s pop culture-inspired art above. Have you thought about tackling Brexit? In “The Adventures of DJ Trump” Byrne exercises his art and comedy skills by satirizing current events, including the recent Muslim ban, as well as different figures in the Trump administration. If it’s fan art it’s always exciting when the people it’s about respond. Was there something particular in the news last week that made you want to release it then? Order it here. It’s led to offers of animation work. I’m sure in a week’s time there’ll be five new ideas for things that I could eventually use. But Brexit doesn’t strike me in the same way. Now it’s like, “This is your actual President,” and so the image has taken on a slightly different meaning. What inspired that? I came up with an idea for another scene and another scene, and so it happened gradually. The man responsible for both videos is Stephen Byrne, the current artist of DC comics’   Justice League/Power Rangers crossover series. What are the abilities that I have, and how can I apply them to maybe making things a tiny bit better?” I don’t know if the video will have any dramatic effect, but I think satire has the power to make people think critically about politics by sort of shining a different light on it. It sold well, and then I had prints of it leftover and I had them at Emerald City Comic Con in March. That’s why it incorporates some stuff that went on over the last several months. I thought it would be that just before the election it would be the last time I’d have to do it, and after that, he would lose and he would at least disappear from politics and that would be the end of that. I’ve donated to some causes that I think are helpful, but then I was like, “Okay, what are the tools that I have? The Doctor Who one was featured on a documentary on the BBC about fans’ enthusiasm for Doctor Who, and stuff like that. How long did it take to make? Well, I didn’t think I would. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to make “The Adventures of DJ Trump”? RELATED: Darth Vader, Voldemort, and 7 Other Pop Culture Comparisons to Donald Trump
I remember you kept tweeting   that you didn’t want to share it anymore. I didn’t have to change much. I was still thinking about it weeks after, and then I had the idea for a comic, and so I put it together. But just over the last few days, I found myself with a few days free, so I really went to town. politics at the moment. It’s mostly just what I’m interested in at the moment, what I’m excited about, and obsessed with. I don’t know. I don’t know exactly because I started the first scene, then I just chipped away at it when I had a free moment sitting around the house not doing much. EW caught up with the Irish artist to discuss his inspirations, both for satire and his social media viral fan art. If you’re a fan of   Buffy the Vampire Slayer   — or even   Doctor Who   — odds are you’ve watched (or someone you know has sent you the link to) a video featuring the “animated adventures” of either series. Although I seriously doubt Donald Trump will be retweeting this one. It’s not as absurd. With the Trump administration, there’s something in the news every few days that resets my bar for how insane things can get, so I was never worried about running out of material. When I did the Star Wars comic I saw Star Wars and was really excited about it. It was frustration with everything that was going on and wanting to say something about what was happening. I remember I was selling prints of it in New York Comic-Con last October, and people found it very amusing. If anybody wants to help they should donate to the ACLU. The U.S. Do you have a sense of what’s popular or are you just creating what you want to see? Stephen Byrne
You also created the image of Donald Trump being surrounded by all those villains from pop culture. It’s a relevant political event, but it just seems like two sides with different opinions and different ideas of the best thing to go about things.