When the fourth plinth sculpture by Hans Haacke was unveiled, Johnson managed to get in a not-so-subtle dig at George Osborne while also wilfully misinterpreting the clear anti-austerity conceit of the piece – all of which you can read about here. As always, he did this using a bit of his patented verbal pomposity. It made me think about how he’d manage to completely overlook the political spirit of other works of art.
Wasn’t overly successful with Johnson’s likeness here – some panels work better than others. I struggled to consistently capture him. I think this was largely down to applying half-measures to the simplicity of the drawing – I should have committed to a much simpler design. Next time!
A pretty light joke I wanted to draw after seeing the dead-eyed stare of a BBC news anchor after he had to talk about white/gold/blue/black dresses. He could barely contain his disdain. I enjoyed trying to find the space to slow the pace of the comic for added pathos.
Quite a wordy piece this one but I really like the colour scheme. All in reference to Theresa May’s proposal.
I think this one was more visually playful and fun in my head when I first conceived it. In the end, I didn’t push my style enough and capture that superhero dynamism I was going for. But I still like the concept.
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.