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PJ McQuade – 52 Shades of Greed


I was recently asked to contribute 4 illustrations to this really cool project called 52 Shades of Greed. The website is launching right now http://52shadesofgreed.com/

The project is many things, but in the barest form is a deck of playing cards bearing illustrations of the people and financial institutions whose lust for money took the rest of us for a ride toward economic collapse.





“Wall Street, NYC – The first Tuesday in September is traditionally a bacchanalian holiday on Wall Street. Suit-and-tie revelers engorge themselves on whatever sentiment may have been aroused for the working and middle classes on Labor Day. It is not a place for delicate sensibilities, and citizens unfamiliar with this side of town are usually advised to steer clear.
This first Tuesday in September, however, may be different.  While Wall Street gets back to the seedy business of—as one Bank Executive famously put it—“screwing people”, Occupy Wall Street and a team of professional illustrators are drawing up a plan to pull back the curtain on their perversions. 

The artwork is just incredible.  Here’s a taste of the other cards – top shelf, top notch.  Hey, there’s another Illocon member, the great Alex Fine in there as well!


The plan is to cut 1000 decks to hand out on September 17th, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. To do this we have just announced a fundraiser. Everyone fueling the project with at least a $25 contribution will get a deck. We would like to raise enough to enable us to stage events related to art and financial education.


Help us get the word out through social media and email – Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Myspace (haha), Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, wherever, everywhere.

Check out this sweet video explaining the whole shebang.

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