Archive for October, 2008

Wave of Capitalism…

October 31, 2008



Scribble and Post-it…

October 31, 2008


When it comes to scribbling, few things are more satisfying than a blank Post-it note on a thick pad. It has none of the intimidation that a bright white piece of paper often projects, but a warm welcoming invitation to fill it with mindless marks from your least precious tools.

I normally draw people.
Jumping people mostly.
And people playing football.
And fighting.
And funny faces.
And politicians on TV.

Then I fold the drawings into small squares which I have an overwhelming urge to eat. But mostly don’t.

It’s maybe one of my favourite things.

Searle revisited…

October 29, 2008

I wrote briefly about the Ronald Searle tribute blog in May last year, but as with the great master’s work, it’s worth returning to it again and again.

The most recent post is a thoroughly brilliant article by the blog’s host Matt Jones, about his long awaited first encounter with Searle.

Headcases and the rest – eat your hearts out!

October 28, 2008


I’m hardly introducing it, as it’s been going for a while.
But I’ve only just really discovered it.

Andrew Arnold’s superb creation is like a combination of “World Leaders”-style 3D animation – and JibJab-style cut-outs. Or at least I think it is. It’s weird and terrific.

The most recent installment is this fabulous rap and music video “featuring” John McCain:


But why not also marvel at this piece of excellence from at year ago: 


Or this fantastic Fred Thompson Campaign ad from around the time of the primaries:

From the sketchbook: Lord Mandelson…

October 28, 2008


Peter Brookes on a Friday…

October 16, 2008

Too beautiful to miss, this one – story and cartoon.
Nicely executed.

Oh, and when we’re on the subject of the losing candidate, here’s a Caption Competition waiting to happen.

A characteristically brilliant Matt…

October 14, 2008

…in today’s Telegraph.

Politics and the City…and a Dunn animation.

October 13, 2008

I rarely slate the work of others on this blog, but I’m going to make a quick exception.
I wrote rather too excitedly a few months ago about the prospect of an animation for Politics and the City, called Sally Dunn – accidental MP.

Well, I’ve just had look at the site and there’s now a trailer of sorts showing what it’s all about.
Extraordinarily disappointing. Borderline offensive if you’re a woman, I should imagine.
The writing is about as bold as beige and the production is so uninspired you feel like shaking someone. Which is surprising considering that it’s written, produced and animated by Skaramoosh, the company behind the far superior World Leaders, on The First Post, and other high quality work.

The blurb on Skaramoosh’s website states:

The series have been written, produced and animated by cross platform production agency Skaramoosh London and aim to make political issues more accessible.

Skaramoosh and Sarpong have agreed a revenue-share deal for advertising across the site.

Daniel Slight, MD of Skaramoosh, said the market was experiencing high demand for short-form programming. “We’ve taken our broadcast production values and made two shows using the values and experience that we’ve brought to broadcast TV for years,” he said.

I can not in my wildest imagination even contemplate that the market ever demanded this.

On Channel 4 News tonight…

October 13, 2008

I’ve been told they’re looking to do a report right at the end of the program, about how cartoonists are covering the credit crunch. Should be worth watching!

UPDATE: …or not.

Lordy Lord…

October 13, 2008

Mandy’s in the house.

Hat tip: The Red Box