Depending on where you find your definition, at 33 years old, I’m technically on the cusp of being a Gen Xer and a Millennial. Millennials are also known by a thousand different names as the generations before them attempt to define them: The Me Me Me Generation, Generation Y, The Entitled Generation, The Lost Generation, The Net Generation, The Echo Boomers, The Peter Pan Generation, The Boomerang Generation etc. etc.
As all of these titles suggest, it feels like older generations are simply looking for ways to pigeon-hole and condescend every single young person they can. Interestingly, Generation Xers or Baby Boomers faced their own version of this from the generations before them but fail to see the irony.
Every generation has had it better than the one before it. Until now. This is a generation that can expect social mobility, the environment, wages, and housing to be worse for them than it was for their parents. And yet, every think-piece, article or feature I see that talks about Millennials finds a way to blame them for something. Interestingly, they all manage to contradict each other. Fairly or unfairly, young people are going to represent whatever problem the writer has a bugbear about.
This reaches it’s apex when I see arguments about current affairs descend into very patronising “well, you’re from a different generation” comments rather than any engagement with the entirely reasonable issues or points someone has raised. It’s a new deflection technique that is becoming increasingly popular as people start to draw a questionable line between “outrage culture” and “young people”. A cheap way of pulling the escape cord in a discussion, guilt-free.
Oops. Almost forgot to put this one up!
I was pleased with the 90s style background on this one. And Jar Jar Binks is remarkably fun to draw. I was a little bit too harsh on Fat Chandler there though – my bad.
An old flat-mate of mine was well known for using increasingly inventive excuses for getting out of evening plans that he once jokingly talked about an “excuse rolodex” that he would be able to access, avoiding the effort involved in coming up with an original excuse. I thought of the rolodex when writing this comic. This is essentially a buzzfeed listicle with Cameron at the centre of it which is why I think it makes me smile so much.
Something a little lighter after last week. Some subtle changes to my colouring this time as I experimented with a few different ways to convey that fantasy epic, LotR style look. I ended up chickening out of the more drastic changes. Need a bit more of a play before this becomes part of my usual colouring process I think.
A heartfelt, raw, but hopefully considered cartoon in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks last week. I also wrote a piece about satire and political cartooning which accompanies the comic on the NS site.
My 100th comic. Into triple figures. This comic was filed before the events of the Paris attacks this week so the vaguely optimistic sentiments feel a little January 5th. Most people have probably reached saturation point of seeing comic artists respond to it all but I’ll be doing a comic about Charlie Hebdo for next week’s issue on top of my usual In the Frame.
This comic had to be filed fairly early to meet the print deadline for the bumper Christmas issue. I’m pretty happy with managing to make it feel fairly 2014 without making it too time sensitive.
I also wrote a short thing for the NS blog about my favourite In the Frames of the year which can be read here.
Happy Christmas! In the new year, I’ll be back with In the Frame 100!
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.
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.