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Covering: The Lies of the Land

Donald Trump AND Nigel Farage in the news again? It’s just like old times.


Cartoon: Brexit means Brexit after the snap election

Very Well Alone - Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Prime minister Theresa May’s sudden decision to call a ‘snap’ General Election has produced a result that demonstrated just how profoundly split the UNited Kingdom is after the 2016 EU referendum.


Cartoon: This means war, with abroad

The General Election campaign of 2017 has started, officially.

The Prime Minister has also made a rather inflammatory speech with some large claims.

Theresa May speech on 3rd May 2017

Theresa May speech in Downing Street on 3rd May 2017

Cartoon: Very well, alone

Cartoon - Very Well Alone by David Low

Cartoon – Very Well, Alone by David Low

One image that merits the overused and abused term, iconic, is in the news again because of Brexit.

Extracted from Gideon Rachmann in the FT - 2nd May 2017 - at_Matthew_Buck_at_Hack_Cartoons

Extracted from Gideon Rachman column in the FT – 2nd May 2017

The acute analysis about ‘Very well, alone‘ offered by Mr Rachman in his column should be supplemented by knowledge of the next cartoon – All alone in the world – displayed by Fougasse aka Kenneth Bird.

Cartoon_Fougasse on World War Two via Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Cartoon – Fougasse (Kenneth Bird) on World War Two at Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Aside from being funny, Bird’s drawing was a more accurate depiction of the reality of late Imperial Britain’s efforts in the last world war – which ended almost seventy years ago.

I argue that in the murky realm of national mythologies these two cartoons occupy positions akin to yin and yang. the epitomy of complementary or conflicting opposites – emotion and reason – pride and pragmatism.

We have long seemed as a nation to have chosen World War Two as our national lodestar and these two pieces of imagery sum up the nation’s conversation with itself as well as anything else I know of.

My own modest efforts at reinterpretaion of Low’s classic are below and are firmly #Brexit related – watching the Conservative Party become UKIP has been a most unedifying watch.

Cartoon_Flirting_with_fascism in Britain_©_Matthew_Buck_Hack_cartoons1

Flirting with Fascism – Matthew Buck at Hack Cartoons

And its consequences following the EU Referendum of June 2016 are becoming ever clearer.

Surrealism rules K-O

Surrealism rules K-O - Réne Magritte at Matt Buck Hack Cartoons

La cri de coeur – by Rene Magritte

The general election of 2017 has started.

Cartoon: General Elections are unpredictable things


Making: ‘Elections are (usually) unpredictable things’ (#Brexit consequences)

A hard way

It’s a long way anywhere when all you can see is granite, grass and gorse.

2016 – A Christmas Gift for everyone!

A Christmas Gift for everyone! © Matthew Buck at Hack cartoons

© Matthew Buck at Hack Cartoons

In 2016 there was a gift for everyone.
Confession: I am a lover of black humour.

Event: Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016


Cartoonist and Illustrator Chris Burke gets down to some painting beside the seaside Photograph © Kasia Kowalska

I was delighted to be asked back to draw at the wonderful and fast-growing Herne Bay Cartoon Festival this year.

I hope you enjoy the following photographs from event photographer Kasia Kowalska which are the better ones in comparison with mine.


Eight feet high is a struggle for tiny tot like me Photograph © Kasia Kowalska

That’s me starting work on a big upright board! It’s all very REACH FOR THE SKIES!

The event theme was Postcards from the Beach following the genereally inspiring example of Donald McGill – don’t miss Saucyseasidepostcards.com to find out more about him.

McGill’s postcards were famously a target of the UK censors back in the 1950s probably because of their MASSIVE (geddit?) public popularity. There’s a great link to some of the censored pieces at the McGill Museum (which actually lives on the Isle of Wight – not so far from me in Hampshire.

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016 at the Bandstand © Kasia Kowalska

Inside the Herne Bay town bandstand. Photograph © Kasia Kowalska

Rob Murray gets caricatured at the 2016 Herne Bay Cartoon festival. Nose by Glenn Marshall - © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Livingcartoon. Photograph: © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

The town of Herne Bay benefits from a fantastic venue for the event – the Bandstand – as the picture above shows. Every year the promenade gets busier and busier and the crowds in this year, the event’s fourth, were as big as they have ever been. There’s easy access to ice cream, chips and beer and all the other necessities of seaside life so nearly everyone is happy – even when they are being caricatured.

That’s my colleague Rob Murray to the right, enduring the addition of a Glenn Marshall nose at one of the many exhibition opening shows scattered around the town.

Below, you can se the finished Herne Bay board from the first picture in this blog post – and being used by myself and The Surreal McCoy.

Sorry about the hat.

Wish you were beer - cartoonists The Surreal McCoya nd Hack cartoons at Herne Bay Cartoon festival 2016 © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Journey’s end. Photograph: © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

I’ll draw up another post with what I drew and why on another day.

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