Archive for January, 2009

From the sketchbook: SuperGord…

January 30, 2009

supergord
©morland

The Sun takes a shine to Andy Davey…

January 29, 2009

As Christian Adams mentions in his post about bitchy cartoonists (link in post below), there aren’t that many political cartooning jobs around. Even less if you want to be in one of the nationals.
So every time there’s a new signing, it’s big news/gossip in cartooning circles.

The latest to land a major job, is fellow PCOer, and all-round talented nice guy, Andy Davey – who’s become Political Cartoonist for the Sun.
So while most cartoonists are busy in their struggle merely to survive the recession carnage, Andy (or That Bastard as he’s now affectionately known) picks up one of the biggest jobs to come up in a very long while.

Truly well deserved!
An inspired choice by the powerful in Wapping.

Interesting read…

January 29, 2009

The Telegraph’s Christian Adams on one of his pet fascinations: Why cartoonists are so bitchy.

KAL’s Sketchblog…

January 29, 2009

Because of my absence from proper blogging, I haven’t had the chance to point people in the direction of the great Kal’s brilliant sketchblog.
I’m hoping by now that such pointing is no longer necessary, as the blog’s been going since May last year, but in case you haven’t seen it – consider yourself directed!

There’s a brilliant mix of cartoons, sketches, animations, thoughts and pictures. There are fascinating travel reports from everything from party conventions to animation festivals, and there’s also a great deal of insight into Kal’s work on 3-D modeling and animation.

Oh, and his Credit Crunch board game, which you can download from the Economist’s website, print out and enjoy at home – instead of wastefully going out .

A must read blog for anyone interested in political/editorial cartooning.

From the Recession Sketchbook: The Optimist…

January 29, 2009

optimist
©morland

My Website: www.morlandcartoon.co.uk

January 27, 2009

Finally morlandcartoon.co.uk is up and running!

The blog has yet to be updated, but the website is now live.
For now the archive is a tad random, but there’re a lot of cartoons and illustrations to look at even so. Even a slide show option, just to make it look like I know what I’m doing.
As things progress, new work will be added regularly, and there’ll hopefully be other features too in the not too distant future.

As I’ve never had a website before, let alone made one myself, feedback is welcomed! What’s good, what’s bad – and what’s missing.

Thanks!

Lords and Lobbying Kerb Crawlers…

January 26, 2009

kerb-crawler
©morland

I’ll be back with more regular posting shortly.
I’ve been putting together a new website which hopefully will be ready in a day or two. Nothing fancy, but it’ll show Times cartoons as well as illustration done for other clients.
In the blog I’ll focus on sketchbook stuff and writing, as was originally intended!

Obamauguration…

January 19, 2009

lincoln-obama
©morland/the times

From the Sketchbook: Abe and Obama…

January 18, 2009

mr-precendent
©morland

The future of political satirists – A reply…

January 16, 2009

Matt “Hack” Buck posted some interesting thoughts on his blog a few days back, about the future of satire and political cartoonists. It’s well worth a read!

Below are some of my thoughts that I put in a reply:

I tend to agree with John Jensen, when he says “There will always be political satire, as long as there are politicians. Where political cartoons appear will depend on what media is available at any given time.”

To your question: “So, are we going to see people like me directly employed by political factions again in the future?” I agree with Christian Adams‘ brutal but essentially true reply “We already are. However much cartoonists may think they are independent, outraged voices bellowing at a comatose public to wake up and see what only they can see, they are not. We work for politically slanted employers, and we follow their line. I can think of no exception. ”

I believe the main concern of most cartoonists is not to have an mass media outlet which is ideologically and economically independent (what does that mean anyway? And does such a think exist?), but one that corresponds with our own ideas – and more importably lets you have a certain degree of editorial freedom. An even more honest answer would probably be that most cartoonists primary concern is to have a mass media outlet at all.

If complete ideological independence is the sole aim, there has arguably never been a better time to be a cartoonist, given that the numerous ways of bypassing every major media institution and doing it ourselves online, have never been more accessible.
For the first time in history cartoonists can reach world wide audiences with truly independent work.
And if it’s good enough, people might even pay for it.

Very few people have ever made a lot of money from political cartooning. The number of people who did so in the past was very small. The number of high earning cartoonists today is also very small. And the likelihood is that the number of high earning cartoonists in the future will be small too. But they will be there.

Of course things are changing at the moment, but whether they’re changing for the better or worse, I believe comes down to the attitude of the individual cartoonist. Those who embrace the changes might succeed, and those who don’t will most certainly fail.