Well, I hadn’t planned to make an editorial cartoon today but, after watching the news earlier, I felt it only fitting to make a quick cartoon about the history of British comedy. After all, this is probably the only way to make sense of what has happened in politics today. Seriously, you couldn’t make it up!
Since this is a parody/satirical cartoon, it is NOT released under any kind of Creative Commons licence.
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Editorial Cartoon – British Comedy” By C. A. Brown
Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the first comic in “Damania Requirement”, this month’s four-comic webcomic mini series 🙂 You can also find lots of other comics featuring these characters on this page too 🙂
This satirical comic update was inspired by an episode of a popular British early-evening magazine show that aired last April. Whilst the episode actually made a valid point that I agreed with (eg: plastic pollution in the oceans is a bad thing), the way that this episode got this point across was so obnoxiously smug, self-righteous, preachy, manipulative, emotive, sanctimonious etc.. that I actually found that my views were temporarily less environmentalist for a few hours after watching it. Even though I agreed with the general point of the episode.
As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence etc…
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Requirement – Own Goal” By C. A. Brown
Well, I hadn’t planned to make an editorial cartoon today. But, I happened to stumble across this shocking article about Steam’s shameful treatment of users who run classic computers.
Although they aren’t the first company to do something like this (Google and Mozilla spring to mind…), it’s all part of a disturbing trend in tech/gaming towards always pushing the latest thing.
I could probably moan about this for hours but, instead, I felt like making a cynical editorial cartoon about it. Enjoy 🙂
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Editorial Cartoon – Classics” By C. A. Brown
Woo hoo! It’s the 17th April and this means that it’s time to remake the same picture that I’ve remade every year since I decided to start practicing art daily. You can see previous versions of the picture here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
It’s strange to think that a silly little cartoon I drew six years ago about the well-known joke that pretty much anything will run “Doom” turned into such a major life-shaping moment for me.
And, in keeping with the theme, this year’s cartoon is a topical comic about how some really cool-looking modern “Doom II” WADs (especially those designed to use “GZ Doom”) have system requirements that are way too high! Seriously, the whole point of classic “Doom” is that it’s meant to be able to run on anything! It’s meant to be free from the exclusionary “must have the absolutely latest tech” BS that plagues modern triple-A gaming. But, well, I could ramble for ages about this. So, here’s the latest version of the picture. Enjoy 🙂
As usual, this digitally-edited painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.
“The Important Question (VII)” By C. A. Brown
Well, I thought that I’d try something a bit different for this month’s webcomic mini series. Unlike most of my comics, the self-contained updates in this new mini series won’t feature my regular cast of characters. You can catch up on previous updates here: “Red Dress”
This was mostly because I found that I was running out of inspiration/enthusiasm during the previous mini series and, rather than taking another 1-2 month+ comics hiatus (and due to worries about repeating the great comics drought of ’14), I decided to try another, more experimental, project…
Wordless comics! Comics without words! Silent comics! At the time of writing, I don’t know how long this mini series will be or how well it will turn out. But, I’m optimistic.
Well, I make these comics quite far in advance. And I made this one a couple of weeks before the 2017 UK general election, so it pretty much made itself! And, yes, it was both cathartic and great fun to make (even if I ended up toning it down a little bit whilst editing it closer to publication). It’s kind of meant to be a comic about how both the modern left and the modern right seem to have a disturbing amount of authoritarian tendencies these days.
As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Wordless Comics – Look Both Ways” By C. A. Brown
Today’s artwork ended up being another idea-based one. It was inspired by listening to an old episode of Dr. Aleks Krotoski’s “The Digital Human” BBC radio show which was about anger and the internet. This, of course, reminded me of what a miserable, rage-filled era we seem to live in today (eg: in the media, and across the political spectrum) and I just had to make some cynical/satirical art about it.
Surprisingly, this picture ended up being a digitally-edited drawing rather than a painting. I’m still not quite sure why I decided to do this, but it was probably because I wanted to focus more on drawing than painting.
As usual, this cartoon is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.
“The Age Of Rage” By C. A. Brown
Woo hoo! This is the punk painting that I’d originally planned to make yesterday. It was originally inspired by some punk collage art I’d seen on the internet (eg: the cover to Green Day’s “Insomniac” etc..). And I’d originally planned for this to be an apolitical painting that resembled old 1990s American punk album covers.
But, well, as soon as I started sketching it, it went in a much more “traditional” British punk -style direction and ended up being about ten times more political and cynical than I expected. But, damn, was it fun to make 🙂 And, yes, I’m surprised that it’s taken me this long to include caricatures of both Boris Johnson (on what I imagine would be a British version of a 1990s Offspring album cover) and Donald Trump in the same painting.
As usual, this painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Punk Montage” By C. A. Brown