The general election of 2017 has started.
Making: ‘Elections are (usually) unpredictable things’ (#Brexit consequences)
In 2016 there was a gift for everyone.
Confession: I am a lover of black humour.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll draw up another post with what I drew and why on another day.
The UK national parliament has a useful aggregation of information about what may happen now with a ‘Brexit’.
Some of the first tangible signs of the economic shock about which the unsuccessful Remain campaign spoke have become obvious in the decline in value of pound sterling against, the US Dollar, the Euro and other currencies.
2016 is also the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme from World War One and hence the cartoon at the top of this post.
You can read about the national experience of the Somme at the UK archives. Personally, I think the euphemisms of the letter sent on July 2nd 1916 by General Sir Douglas Haig are applicable to our own ongoing disaster of ‘Brexit’.
There are only ten days to go in the prolonged campaign about the UK’s membership of the European Union.
I’ve been a remainer for a long time for both practical economic and emotional reasons. I’ve found the campaign depressing for its negativity and focus on fear – both being sides guilty.
Intellectually, I understand that this behaviour is about motivating voters with the strongest emotion known to humans – fight or flight.
I think we should stay in the European Union to fight through negotiation for our interests.
The attempted manipulation of behaviour through psychology isn’t unusual in elections and referenda and I recommend a very good read here about the particular challenges of referenda and ‘direct democracy’.
As a country, we will all have to take what we get on June 24th.
The cartoon above owes something to this – and the lack of any sane plan for leave that I can see or hear.
This – not stupid but ignorant – is also worth a read. The legacy of years of poor public information (and outright lies – thanks Boris) may lead to a disastrous outcome, in my view.
If I get time, I will post a few drawings I made of some other participants I made in between sets of songs.
For the first time in more years than I care to remember I won’t be attending the annual Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. Personal regrets aside, the event looks set to be a cracker running as it does this year, a theme of Luck.
A subject closer to the heart of professional mickey takers could hardly be found. the laughing, the exhibitions and the live drawing should be spectacular altogether.
You can download the full guide to the weekend long live event from here (PDF). or, if you cannot get there do follow the event in real–time using Twitter and the @ShrewstoonFest account – https://twitter.com/ShrewsToonFest.
Who could resist an offer like that?
And better yet, the exhibitions from which the cartoon at the top is taken are on for several weeks after the event too!