It was several months ago when entrepreneur, hedge fund operator, and financial and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli made the news for amping up the prices for Daraprim, an antiparasitic drug, from $13.50 to $750.00, after purchasing the manufacturing license. After being called about for the dastardly and heartless deed by the media, he seemed to thrive and take great pleasure in his infamy by gloating and taunting the public through social media. To add further insult to his critics, he bought the only copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million, making sure no one else would ever hear it.
After he was arrested last week by the FBI on charges of security fraud, the world celebrated and mocked him. It appears his Twitter account was also hacked, further mocking him.
I saw three ways to go with a cartoon on the subject. First, I could point out what an evil, greedy, smug little bastard the guy is. Nah. That’s kinda obvious and I did something like that months ago. Two, I could point out how the world is celebrating his arrest. I kinda liked that and had an idea for it but I wasn’t in love with it. Third, I could point out how it’s legal to rob from the poor but not the rich. A lot of other people have made that point but I still liked it. I thought I could put my own spin on it.
I like drawing Shkreli. He has a certain smug evilness to his face. I can just picture the guy tying a damsel to a railroad track. That seems to be common among jerk wads. For many, the cover represents the book well. Take a look at Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ann Coulter, Paula Deen, or Tyler Perry. OK, Tyler Perry doesn’t look evil and he isn’t. But he’s gotta be violating some laws of the Geneva Convention for those movies he’s making.
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