Cover Illustration, Penn Gazette JONATHAN BARTLETT A botched…

Cover Illustration, Penn Gazette
JONATHAN BARTLETT
A botched...

Cover Illustration, Penn Gazette
JONATHAN BARTLETT
A botched...

Cover Illustration, Penn Gazette

JONATHAN BARTLETT

A botched lethal injection execution is repulsive, nauseating, and torturous.

Originally I didn’t think I could get away with death on this cover, but didn’t want to back away from the weight of the topic.  To me, time was an interesting theme  through this whole piece: Time it takes for lethal injection to work (or not work!), time to do the research, looking back in time to the first executions, looking ahead to the future, so on and so on.

But sometimes a story is worth more than a metaphor. This one was. Simply put, I wanted to force the moral issue of executions and their frequent mishandling in your face. The cringing hand grasping for life as the poison pumps into his vein, the medical personnel taking his pulse as if to say “…has it worked yet?” How Gruesome, and yet, these executions continue. Just last week one took place in Oklahoma. The man’s last words were “my body is on fire”.


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