Archive for May, 2007


May 27, 2007

…and not blogging for a week or so.


Straw walking…

May 25, 2007

Straw walk

While watching Newsnight and This week last night I tried ways of making walk cycles look funny with the least amount of work. Thought this Straw walk was rather successful, simply because it’s so crude. No bending of legs or feet (or arms).

Blair’s Legacy: The Iraq War in cartoons

May 21, 2007

Press release:

6 July – 1 September 2007

Two thirds of the British public believe that Iraq will prove to be Tony Blair’s most enduring legacy. Four years after the US-led invasion, Iraq still dwarfs all other issues concerning Blair’s ten years in Downing Street. This exhibition of original cartoons demonstrates the cartoonists’ view that the war was a folly from the outset and that it has brought nothing but death and destruction to the Iraqi people. The exhibition consists of 60 cartoons by Britain’s leading cartoonists such as Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Martin Rowson, Dave Brown, Peter Schrank, Charles Griffin, Paul Thomas and Morten Morland amongst many others.

The exhibition will be opened by George Galloway MP on Friday 6 July 2007

The Political Cartoon Gallery, 32 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS, is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and on Saturdays between 11.30am – 5.30pm. Phone Dr Tim Benson on 020 7580 1114 for further details or images email him at


Make a note of the dates and come along. It’ll definitely be an interesting show.
Why on earth Tim Benson has asked the twat (for lack of a better word) George Galloway to open the thing, and thus given the pathetic moron another platform from which to rant pointlessly, is a mystery, but the exhibition itself will hopefully make up for the poor start.

Blair’s last visit to wartime Iraq…

May 20, 2007


(Apologies for the lack of posting of late. Expect a similar lull for another another couple of weeks.)

The Deputy Leadership Debate! Wow…

May 20, 2007

important debate

Sketchbook: Brown Builds Legacy…

May 14, 2007

ego towns

As nominations for the leadership contest officially open, Gordon is proposing to build five Ego Towns if he becomes PM…

KAL goes 3D and animated for the Economist…

May 13, 2007

In March this year The launched the first animated cartoon by Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher. A somewhat navel gazing start, I think it’s fair to say, but exciting nonetheless. I’ve discussed KAL’s development of a 3D project before (here and here), and it does look great now that it’s coming together. As far as I know he does the voice of Dubya himself whilst operating the digital puppet with a joystick. Fun.

I still think the design process is too laborious for it to become a mainstream way of working in the near future, but KAL overcomes the ONE thing that we keep mentioning when we discuss whether animation is a viable way of working – TIME. No matter how simple you do ‘traditional’ 2D animations – even with a well built up library of templates and characters, it still takes a lot of time to produce an animated sketch. KAL can respond instantly. As he does the voice, he can even do it LIVE.
There is one thing though, that I’d be curious to know, and that I will be sure to ask him next time we meet; What about movement, such as walking, jumping and punching?
Can that be done real time? Can it be done by one operator? Can it be done in stages?

If it’s not there yet, I’m sure it’s right around the corner, but it’d be interesting to see how the character now move beyond the Press Conference area…

Either way, I think KAL has found the way to make it financially viable in the future.

Bloomin’ heck.

I got myself curious and researched it a bit.
One of the current buzzwords in the digital puppetry business seems to be “Machinima”.
There’s a fab blog about everything digital and puppetlike here.

The State of the (Political Cartoon) art…

May 13, 2007

I’ve stumbled over a gem that should and must be shared.
Particularly in light of recent discussions on this blog and elsewhere. Matt ‘Hack’ Buck has just added to the argument on his blog by the way, which is worth a read. Also, while we’re at it, read Daryl Cagle’s comment on his blog, about the response he’s had after his recentrant against animation. In the same post, you can also read Matt Davies’ thoughts on animating the cartoons that Cagle is featuring at the moment.

Back to the gem…
Through the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), I came across this fabulous panel discussion at the Commonwealth Club of California, on the state of political cartooning, – featuring Mark Fiore, KAL and Tom Meyer.

For anyone remotely interested in the cartooning profession, it is a great broadcast, full of insightful discussion and quirky facts and tales from some of the leading lights in American political satire.

Hear it here!

No, really…do.

For those who’d like to go deeper, there is also a great link to the April (2007) issue of PS: Political Science & Politics.
In it they provide…

…an in-depth analysis of modern editorial cartooning. PDFs of the articles are available online at the web site of the American Political Science Association.

Included are interviews with Clay Bennett (by Jimmy Margulies) and Ann Telnaes.

That’s not all though. Other articles deal with issues such as on Freedom of Speech and Religious Sensibilities, Anti-Americanism post 9-11, Political Iconography of Muhammed cartoons as well an indepth analysis of cartooning in closed societies…
Just to mention some.
A fantastic resource for those who would like to learn more.

Download the articles here.

Fiore’s Friday Film Fun…

May 11, 2007

..and Walt’s Weekend Winner!

Yes, new political animations from Mark Fiore and Walt Handelsman.

Warning: They are NOT about the Labour Leadership.

Leadership launch – Where’s Gordon?!

May 11, 2007

Gordon PM
Grab from BBC News 24

I’ll let others analyse the speech, but the leadership launch currently unfolding on TV is a small catastrophe.
Gordon is half of fully covered by an auto cue screen, and it is completely taking attention away from what he is saying.
The Chancellor keeps repeating his mantra about listening and learning, but the message falls terribly flat when it looks like he’s afraid of facing the people… Presentation should never be a substitute for policy, according to Brown, but this is pushing it.

Gordon PM3
Grab from BBC News 24

Blair might have been accused of too much media management, and maybe Gordon wants to show that he’s different, but surely there must be a third way!?