I think I realised a little too late that this comic heavily relies on the reader having seen (or at least having a good knowledge of the plot of) The Hunger Games. Which is never ideal. But I just enjoyed the idea of Cameron and Osborne completely misunderstanding the conceit of the film and viewing the games as a potential future policy.
It’s been one of those fortnights where the news is so depressing and disheartening that your only recourse is to turn it into rhyming verse.
That’s right. If you order anything between now and Christmas (though, order soon – by the 14th to be safe – if you want to ensure your order reaches you in time for Christmas Day) you can get 10% off your entire order. Great time to pick up a small treat for yourself while shopping for others.
I’ll happily dedicate a book if you add a note when you get to the paypal payment page. You can also pay a little extra for an Ellipsis or In The Frame book and have me draw a sketch in the book for you.
I’ve also got a bunch of prints available to buy here.
96. One Hundred Per Cent
When Michael Gove announced he was 100% convinced there would be no more Ukip defectors, I couldn’t help but imagine this little behind-the-scenes exchange. I like this colour scheme a whole lot.
Another illustration for Julia Scheele’s Riot Grrrl zine. This time for Steve Walsh’s ambitious Hot Topic card set which aimed to have a bespoke, illustrated card for every name mentioned in the Le Tigre song, Hot Topic. I got in early and chose Hanin Elias. Mainly as an excuse to listen to lots of Atari Teenage Riot and Elias while I worked on it.
You can buy the zine here (which has thumbnails of every Hot Topic illustration in it). Here’s my final piece:
Julia Scheele’s Riot Grrrl super-zine – Double Dare-Ya – featuring a wonderful collection of comics, articles and illustrations related to the Riot Grrrl movement – launched this week and I have a couple of things in there. Do go and order a copy from Julia if you haven’t got one already – it’s a beautifully designed and produced book and well worth your time.
I illustrated a great piece by Leigh Alexander called “Are You Sure?” which Leigh has put online to read here.
Here’s my illustration that accompanied it:
Additional to my Hostile Environment comic which very broadly paints a picture of the far right in the UK, here’s a little more info about asylum seekers. This was created for the 2013 Thought Bubble Anthology. It feels appropriate to be posting it now.
This was mainly spurred by Daniel “Dapper Laughs” O’Reilly’s appearance on Newsnight where he tried to pass himself off as a victim of the media misrepresenting his gruesome rape culture jokes.
If, like me, you spend a lot of time following the news, the “non-apology” is something of a regular staple. I found it extremely pleasing and therapeutic boiling the usual suspects down into six basic archetypes.
A collection of In the Frame is now in print, just in time for Christmas. Get a copy delivered to your door HERE.
The excellent Steven Walsh recently interviewed me for his Process podcast. I discuss my weekly routine when putting together a New Statesman comic and political comics in general. Listen here.
Waking up to another Ukip win today, I thought I might throw this 5 pager online that I produced last year for Matt Bors, on behalf of Pando Quarterly. I pitched it as a guide to the rise of the far-right in the UK. It tries to fit a lot into 5 pages but I’m happy with how it came out in the end. I’m less happy that things don’t seem to be getting any better…
Ah, the traditional Christmas John Lewis ad. The gift that just keeps on giving. If John Lewis didn’t do this annually, me and a load of think-piece columnists would really struggle for ideas around this time of year.
Speaking of Christmas… buy a collection of In The Frame here. A perfect Christmas gift!