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
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
Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the fourth comic in “Damania Resized”, a new webcomic mini series (with extra panels!) 🙂 Plus, in case you missed it, here’s the first comic, the second comic and the third comic.
If you’re interested, you can find links to lots of my other comics here).
This comic ended up being a little bit more political than I’d expected. It was inspired by the fact that I’d re-watched “Robocop 3” earlier that day (after first seeing it on second-hand VHS when I was about fourteen). One of the things that really surprised me was just how liberal it was, and (most of the time) in the best possible way too. Almost all of the “liberal” parts of the film are just subtle, integral elements of what makes the film what it is. It’s a refreshingly normal film, and the kind of thing that modern Hollywood probably wouldn’t make.
But, yes, 1990s pop culture was a lot more liberal in many ways (back in the days when being liberal was a laid-back attitude, rather than a set of rigid jargon-filled political dogmas that must be followed [on Twitter] religiously). I’m just annoyed that I didn’t have room in this comic for “Star Trek: The Next Generation/Voyager/DS9”, “Babylon 5”, “Urban Chaos“, “Bits“, “Bugs“, “The Longest Journey“, “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air“, “The Sandman” etc…
Note: Unlike the previous comics in this mini series, this comic update is NOT released under a Creative Commons licence of any kind (since it features characters from modern culture. Albeit in the context of parody, cultural criticism etc..).
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Resized – Progressive” By C. A. Brown