Today’s Art (20th March 2018)

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

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Today’s Art (7th March 2018)

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

Today’s Art (5th January 2018)

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

Today’s Art ( 7th October 2017)

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Resized – Progressive” By C. A. Brown

Editorial Cartoon – Charlottesville

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

Sorry that it’s somewhat late, badly-drawn and not particularly subtle, but I thought that I should say something about the shocking events in America a few days ago (and Donald Trump’s terrifying response to them too). Although I hadn’t planned to tackle this topic until some of the comics that I’ll be posting here next year, I also thought that I should say something now.

But, as terrifying as the recent events over in America seem to be, one reassuring thing is that they have pretty much united the whole world (except for Donald Trump, it seems) in opposition to both the murderous fascist rabble who terrorised Charlottesville, and to everything that they stand for.

On a personal level, I’ve found my own political views (which are normally a somewhat varied mixture of opinons) leaning further to the left than usual over the past few days.
Because, despite any criticisms I might have of the modern left, these criticisms dwindle into nothing when compared to the sheer horror of heavily-armed fascists marching through the streets of a country that helped to fight against such poisonous ideologies less than eight decades ago.

So, thankfully, the violent fascist rabble in America seem to have scored an own goal. Far from drumming up support for their terrifying ideas, they’ve pretty much united everyone in opposition to them. So, although it initially looked like the worst parts of 20th century history were repeating themselves, at least most of the world thankfully seems to have learnt the lessons of that terrible time (even if Donald Trump doesn’t seem to).

Editorial Cartoon – Microsoft To Discontinue MS Paint!?!?!

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Editorial Cartoon – Microsoft To Discontinue MS Paint ?!?!?” By C. A. Brown

[Update (25/7/17): Yay! It seems like MS Paint has been saved, sort of..]

Well, a while ago, I read the terrible news. I then opened MS Paint and made an editorial cartoon. With a mouse. In “Paint”. It seemed like a fitting thing to do.

Of course, having an older computer, I have nothing to worry about. But, the idea that MS Paint may not be included on new computers or even worse, may potentially be removed [Edit: Hopefully just not updated, rather than actually removed] from future updates to the modern version of Windows, is very disturbing. Apparently, it’s going to be replaced with a program called “Paint 3D” (which looks a little bit like Paint, but doesn’t seem to be the same).

MS Paint may not be a fancy program. But, it works. You might not be able to create good art in it easily (but I tried here) but that was never it’s true purpose. It was a quick, simple program that you could use to correct small mistakes in your art. There is nothing more practical or useful for this purpose than good old MS Paint 5.1 (and earlier).

But, in this modern age of computing, “practical” and “useful” seem to be dirty words. I mean, a few months ago, I happened to look at one of the more modern versions of Paint briefly, and it was a confusing mass of “ribbon” menus and options, rather than a simple, reliable, useful program. So, maybe this shocking news isn’t entirely unexpected.

Still, for those poor souls who get a modern PC in the future, there do seem to be some open source programs out there that are vaguely similar to classic paint. However, the most user-friendly looking one of these seems to be Linux-only [Edit: There’s a version of it for Windows too :)].

Still, with the direction that Windows seems to be going in these days (apparently, the latest Windows doesn’t even have a DVD player program by default!), I guess that Linux may well end up becoming more popular…..

Still, goodbye classic MS Paint (1985-2017). You won’t be forgotten and you won’t go unused!

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