CITIZEN BILL: Contrasting colors



Takoma Voice’s editorial cartoon Citizen Bill is on exhibit at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD. Part of the Stylized Notions art show put together by the city’s We Are Takoma program, the Citizen Bill exhibit is display through September 4.

Takoma Voice publisher Eric Bond describes Citizen Bill as “a unique form of editorial cartoon, it depicts an archetypical Takoma Parkian and his family to comment on the issues and pressures of living in a proudly diverse, progressive, inner-suburban, small city.” The cartoonist William L. Brown has been a Takoma Park resident for over three decades, “he lives in Takoma Park with his family, whose resemblance to Citizen Bill’s is merely coincidence,” says Bond.

The Citizen Bill has been a part of the Takoma Voice and the Takoma Park community since 1994. The exhibit shows around 30 cartoons – including those below – that span the last 23 years, a wry, off-beat chronicle of city history, culture and society. The framed prints are available for purchase.

The Citizen Bill exhibit is in the Dempsey Gallery, just off the front entrance lobby (opposite the city council auditorium). Admission is free. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 a.m. Sunday.

About the Author

William Brown
William Brown is the creator of Citizen Bill. He is a illustrator, cartoonist, and Morris dancer living in Takoma Park, Maryland. His work appears in such publications as The New York Times, Slate, the Washington Post, the Progressive, Newsday, and the Washington Times.