Archive for March, 2007

Drawing: Recess…

March 30, 2007

gordonballs chamber


Drawing: the Houses of Parliament

March 29, 2007


Cartooning Northern Ireland…

March 27, 2007

…is a bugger.
Really it is.
Despite fabulously cartoonable characters, and sectarian divisions crammed with symbols and history, it is frustratingly lacking in terms of material which has not already been exhausted beyond use.
I guess it’s also true to say that unless you’re bang in the middle of the debate, it’s quite difficult to see what the big deal is these days…
“Get on with it!” seems to have been the principal advice for some time.

When I first started doing political cartoons, I realised quickly that I needed to know more about the history behind the current situation. It’s not covered in very great detail in Norwegian education… I invited an Irishman, who also happened to be a sub on the backbench of the Times, to a restaurant, with the understanding that I would buy lunch if he briefed me on the essential elements of the history of N.I.
“We need to go back to the early 1600’s” he began.
And so I learned that I really didn’t know anything at all.
We had three lunches…

Events like the one yesterday, with Paisley and Adams meeting officially for the first time, are hard to cover in cartoons. N.I. correspondents try to emphasize the enormity of the event, and in an attempt not to seem blasé about these things, we all cautiously express how much we welcome the latest developments. Yet the majority of us are probably thinking (one would hope): “ABOUT TIME! Honestly…! You’re grown men for goodness sake! Shake his hand you stubborn fool! It’s polite!”

Most cartoonists have chosen to cover the meeting in Tuesday’s paper. I suspect out of duty to the top story rather than with a particular delight in once again attempting to suck juice from dry bones…

Peter Brookes does it well, with the two leaders exchanging pleasantries whilst spitting blood.

Dave Brown also focuses on the uneasy relationship between the two men.

Normally I laugh out loud (or at least chuckle heartily) at Steve Bell’s work in the Guardian, but I don’t quite get his wedding scene… Apart from the fact that it’s a wedding scene. Am I missing something?

Garland has done one of those cartoons that will go into the history books. Not for its clever satirical point, but for its analogical nature. It’s probably a tad premature to announce the burial of the hatchet, but never mind. It’s suitably hopeful as well as conscious of the violent past.

(His use of limited colour is striking by the way…)

Let’s hope yesterday’s meeting will move the politics of Northern Ireland onto new pastures – for the sake of cartooning if nothing else…

Another little software testing animation…

March 26, 2007


…on the Olympics this time.

UPDATE: Thanks for comments. It certainly does need an ending Matt (and possibly a beginning and middle too!)
As this was a little film that I used mostly to familiarise myself with the software, I did several different things in different versions. One version has an ending which is a bit nearer to what you suggest:


50 Years of the EU…

March 26, 2007


Update: For some reason it doesn’t play the end. But there’s nothing more to see anyway, so who cares…

Jack the campaign manager…

March 25, 2007


Jack Straw has been given a way out of the ‘Leader of the house’ hell. First he’s going to manage Gordon’s leadership campaign, and as a reward he’ll probably be offered the Chancellorship at some point…
I never really had him down as a masochist, but although this seems to go some way to prove that he surely is, there might just have been an element of raw fright when Gordon called on him to manage the campaign to succeed Tony…
Would you’ve dared to say no?

And now for some French politics…

March 22, 2007

presidential support

Chirac decides to make things more difficult for Sarkozy, and announces his support.

Davey live on the Green!

March 21, 2007

For those following the budget on BBC – switch to SKY.
Andy Davey is cartooning LIVE (and well!)

Great fun.

(Maybe there’s a cartoonist on BBC as well, but as I’m in Norway at the moment and my laptop refuses to play their online converage, I’m trusting SKY to give me the details.)


March 19, 2007

gordon blair

This might just have been another case of confusion in the gallery of BBC News 24, but personally I’m inclined to think we’ve just witnessed the beginning of a spectacular conspiracy.

Pulitzer moves with the times…

March 18, 2007

Ever informative Cartoonbrew is the source of this bit of breaking news. The three cartoonists reported to be Pulitzer Award finalists all do animation!

I’m inclined to write something rousing to go with this story, because I’m really quite excited…but I can’t be asked.
I just think it’s pretty good news. Pretty exciting, really…in a Times They Are A-Changin’ sort of way. I’d urge y’all (to use some black Hillary Clintonesque language) to google the names with “animated +cartoon”, and see what these men do.