Editorial Cartoon: It’s Election Season… Again

Well, after the Prime Minister’s shock announcement yesterday, I just had to make a political cartoon about the fact that there’s going to be yet another spring/summer election this year (there was the Scottish referendum in 2014, the general election in 2015 and the EU referendum last year). It almost seems to be becoming an annual event!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have room to include the Greens or the SNP in this cartoon. But, to be honest, neither of them have a vague chance of winning the election (yes, the SNP might win almost all of the seats in Scotland again, but they’ll never get an overall majority, given their limited focus on just one country of the UK).

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Editorial Cartoon – It’s Election Season… Again” By C. A. Brown

Editorial Cartoon: “Dangerous People”

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Editorial Cartoon - Dangerous People" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Editorial Cartoon – Dangerous People” By C. A. Brown

Although I often try to avoid politics (let alone international politics) on this blog, I just had to make a political cartoon about recent political events in America. Although this cartoon won’t exactly change the world, it was one of those moments where (if slightly belatedly) I felt strongly compelled to express a moral opinion about current affairs.

The fact that Trump could so casually cause chaos and fear for many families in America, that he could be so callous towards courageous Iraqi interpreters who have helped American troops (at great personal risk), that he bizarrely believes that Syrian refugees somehow pose a security threat [eg: They’ve been forced to flee from violent religious extremists. They probably hate both violence and the extremists even more than everyone else does!] etc.. is deeply chilling, regardless of who you may be. Trump’s preference for ruling by decree executive order and his willingness to ban people based purely on their place of birth is worrying for everyone, regardless of nationality or political views.

Likewise, in the UK, this decree executive order led to a situation where one of our most respected Olympic athletes, Sir Mo Farah, worried whether he’d be able to see his family living in the US. Where a member of parliament feared that he’d be unable to visit family members studying in the US. And where a vet from Glasgow was stranded in an airport in Costa Rica due to not being allowed a transit visa via the US. How any President could be deranged enough to think that these respectable Britons pose any kind of “security risk” is completely beyond me.

There was a lot of fanfare and press attention about the fact that Trump had moved the bust of Churchill back into the Oval Office. But, after this order, it seems clear that Trump has no sense of history. I mean, despite Churchill’s imperial past and conservative opinions, he was most famous for opposing things like extreme nationalism, undemocratic rule by decree etc…

Likewise, Trump’s order also means that the author/illustrator of one of the truly great graphic novels that I’ve read (“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi) could also potentially be banned from the US. Why any country would deny entry to such a talented writer/artist is completely beyond me. Hell, one of the things that reading this comic taught me was that – even in despotic countries with strict, fanatical governments – most people who live there are just ordinary people. Ordinary people who like to have fun, to listen to music, to fall in love and to dream. It’s a graphic novel that Trump and his cabinet would do well to read.

In Trump’s own words, all of this is extremely. Sad.

Editorial Cartoon: “Optimism”

…And I thought that Brexit was bad! Seriously, I’d planned not to say anything about the American election but when I looked at BBC News this morning and saw which way the results in the US were leaning, my first reaction was to utter a single four-letter word. My second reaction was to think “I have to make a cynical editorial cartoon!“.

Given how miserable I’d been feeling about Brexit yesterday and, given the choice between laughing at the horrible, unthinkably dystopian direction these parts of the world seem to be taking, or actually thinking about it seriously, I chose the former. Hence the cartoon.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Editorial Cartoon - Optimism" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Editorial Cartoon – Optimism” By C. A. Brown

Editorial Cartoon: “Tomb Raider” Turns 20

Well, about three quarters of an hour ago, I was randomly reading the news when I read that “Tomb Raider” turns 20 today. Naturally, I just had to make a quick cartoon to commemorate the occasion.

Whilst I’ve only played the first two “Tomb Raider” games (and the demo for the third one), hearing about the franchise again suddenly brought back a lot of 90s nostalgia. I remember playing the demo of Tomb Raider 3 on one of the computers in a computer shop whilst my parents were browsing. I remember the training level on “Tomb Raider 1” and how the PC version came in an absolutely giant CD case, with a CD of bonus levels that I never got round to playing.

But, most of all, I remember “Tomb Raider 2”. I remember playing it on a windows 95 computer [Edit: or was it Windows 98?]. I remember the silly cheat code that caused Lara Croft to explode. I remember playing the demo before I got the full version, and learning that if I pressed one of the function keys, all of the textures would disappear and everything in the game would look like an ice sculpture. I remember the annoying platforming. I remember the flares and the tiger in the first level. I remember the melodramatic cutscenes and I vaguely remember getting completely stuck on the “Venice” level.

Hell, even the mouse mat that I’m using with this computer is a really old and chipped one with a “Tomb Raider” design. If I remember rightly, I actually got it free with a games magazine I bought when I was a kid. It’s been sitting there for literally years and, surprisingly, I only really thought about “Tomb Raider” when I read the news article.

So much nostalgia! And I’d almost forgotten about it! So, I just had to make a cartoon – although it ended up going in a much more “realistic” (and sillier) direction than I had initially expected.

Since this is fan art, this cartoon is NOT released under a creative commons licence of any kind.
[EDIT: I’ve also just replaced the cartoon with a version that has slightly better shading.]

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Tomb Raider Turns 20" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Tomb Raider Turns 20” By C. A. Brown

Editorial Cartoon: “BORIS Is The New FOREIGN SECRETARY?!?!”

Although I often try to avoid politics on this blog, I saw a shocking piece of news earlier that compelled me to make a political cartoon. Boris Johnson is our new Foreign Secretary!

If you’ve never heard of him before, then he is one of the most undiplomatic politicians in current British politics (second only to Nigel Farage!). He recently penned a hilariously rude limerick about the Turkish Prime Minister President a couple of months ago, he made some rather Trump-like comments about Obama’s “part-Kenyan ancestry” less than three months ago etc… the list goes on..

The only logical reason why Theresa May picked him for this job is both to appease the “Brexit” crowd and because she knows that she’ll probably get to sack him within weeks because he’s probably going to say something monumentally stupid at some point in the near future.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "BORIS Is The New FOREIGN SECRETARY!?!?! WTF?" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “BORIS Is The New FOREIGN SECRETARY!?!?! WTF?” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Damania Referendum” – All Four EU Referendum Comics (and their line art too)

2016 Artwork The Complete Damania Referendum

Well, in case your missed any of it, here are all four comics from my “Damania Referendum” webcomic mini series. This was a short series of four comics (featuring the characters from my long-running occasional “Damania webcomic series, you can find more comics featuring them on this page) about the EU Referendum tomorrow. Unless you’ve already voted by post, make sure that you remember to vote tomorrow!

This comic series was (relatively speaking) kind of a last minute idea, and it was a lot of fun to make. As a bonus, I’ll also include the “work in progress” line art at the bottom of this post. There were a surprising number of differences between the early line art and the finished comics (eg: I removed a lot of Harvey’s more unintentionally ironic dialogue, I removed a [somewhat cliched] line of German dialogue, there were some small art changes etc…).

Anyway, here are the comics.

As usual, the four finished comics are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence. And, if they’re too small to read, you can click on each one to see a larger version.

"Damania Referendum - Roz Votes" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Roz Votes” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Referendum - Derek Votes" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Derek Votes” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Referendum - Harvey Votes" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Harvey Votes” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Referendum - Rox Votes" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Rox Votes” By C. A. Brown

Line Art:

"Damania Referendum - Roz Votes (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Roz Votes (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Referendum - Derek Votes (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Derek Votes (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Referendum - Harvey Votes (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Harvey Votes (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Referendum - Rox Votes (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Rox Votes (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Referendum – Rox Votes” (Comic – 4 of 4)

Well, although I didn’t really plan to make anything related to the E.U. referendum, I suddenly had this idea for a four-part referendum webcomic mini series (featuring the characters from my occasional “Damania” webcomic series – more of which can be seen on this page) a couple of weeks ago.

So, here’s the final comic. I’ll post a full retrospective of this series (and the line art) here this evening. And, if you haven’t voted by post already, make sure that you find your way to a polling station on the 23rd, regardless of which way you plan to vote.

As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Referendum - Rox Votes" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Referendum – Rox Votes” By C. A. Brown