Couple of productive days on Volume 3. I’ve now finished 51 cartoons and a few more are new favourites. Another 4 to go before I can think about finishing. I’ve also drawn the cover and given it a suitably “keywordy” title. It’s crass of me, I know, but I’m not too proud to admit that […]Continue Reading
Phew what a scorcher! Finally time to enjoy the summer… 31 degrees today so next stop the beach! Whoooo hooooo! ARE YOU MAD!? That’s far too much! A little bit less… Whoo hooo? That’s better. We still have to be cautious, don’t you know? But you just forget I’m here. Just enjoy yourself. STOP RIGHT […]Continue Reading
They’ve changed the voice of Kermit the Frog. I wouldn’t normally comment, though I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I loved their last movie, Muppets Most Wanted, even if that might be down to my love of Tina Fey and Flight of the Conchords. As for the new Kermit: I understand that people leave, retire, get […]Continue Reading
Not much to say today. It’s Thursday and I am absolutely knackered. I don’t mean to turn this into a “look at poor old me” rant but I’m a seven-day-a-week masochist., Even as I look back on my week, I’m disgusted with myself. The number of hours I work for really minimal reward is shocking. […]Continue Reading
Democrats and Meat
I’ve noticed an increase sense of cynicism lately about the way I think and write about American politics. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. It’s probably the usual dull realisation that one administration is about to be followed by another administration that will largely disappoint me. But perhaps that makes it sound worse than it […]Continue Reading
An Old Cartoon Redrawn
Had no time to write this morning. Deep into another long piece. However, here’s an old cartoon redrawn. I’ve always been quite fond of Barry . Being a David, I’ve always lived slightly in the shadow of Michelangelo’s masterpiece. I think it’s time people with other names begin to share our misery.Continue Reading
Vax, Wasps, and Sick Cartoons
I’m late today having burned through my entire Monday researching and then writing a piece about the media and the anti-vax movement in the US. Spent my morning tightening the article and hoping it works. I think it does, but I’ll only know later once others have read it. For now, I am in the […]Continue Reading
June 12, 1940…
As German troops marched into Paris this Friday, furious British holidaymakers found their plans in tatters. “It baffles me how our government can stand by and allow jackbooted thugs to spoil our holiday,” said Barry Snark, 42, a painter and decorator from Glossup, who also believes the Nazi advance poorly timed. “June is the height […]Continue Reading
Last night’s insanely lucid COVID-19 dream brought to you by the power of Tesco’s antihistamine tablets was another in a much-loved series of mine. It was one of my bookshop dreams, of which there have been so many over the years. The fact I dream about bookshops so often probably says a lot about me […]Continue Reading
Saturday. Wasted my morning. These bloody hayfever tablets are still ruining my days. I’ve been taking them for two weeks straight, during which time my eyes have gradually got better, I’ve been having some amazing sleeps – the kind where you’re out for seven hours and wake up in exactly the same position as you […]Continue Reading
The Triumph of Management
Dividing my time on this blog, as I do, between generaly ruminations on politics, life, and cartoons, I figure I should bounce from my morning meditation on Joe Biden to a thought about yesterday’s time consuming video. That thought is: 9 views after 24 hours! Yes. It will probably be a while before I try […]Continue Reading
A Party of Wusses?
I wrote a piece yesterday for Reaction about Joe Biden’s strategy going into the November election. The article was part think-piece but also part genuine concern. It’s so easy to get distracted by the phenomenon of Trump that one forgets that the man running against him (and now likely to win) stopped being a great […]Continue Reading
A Cartoon-based Podcast?
I thought I’d try something a little different today, though it took me all day to finish something that should only have taken me an hour. I’ve been wanting to make one of these speed drawing podcasts(?) for a while but a combination of problems got in the way. Primary among them is this PC’s […]Continue Reading
I bought a book. In fact, I blew all my Waterstones points on this sucker. I couldn’t resist. I tried to resist. Believe me. I kept telling myself that I didn’t need this in my life… But come on, I’d reply. It’s by Oliver Stone: the guy who wrote Midnight Express and Conan The Barbarian, […]Continue Reading
Why American Politics?
Max asked this in the comments and I thought it might make a decent blog post. The simple answer is that, in my eyes, American politics is still rooted in the big ideas of freedom and democracy. British politics, for all its complications, is mundane in its breadth of thinking. There are some big ideas […]Continue Reading