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

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: 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

Today’s Art (13th August 2016)

Woo hoo! My long-running “Damania” webcomic series has been resurrected for yet another mini series 🙂 You can catch up on the previous mini series here, here, here and here. Stay tuned for the next update tomorrow night 🙂

Yes, today’s comic is a cynical political cartoon. As regular readers probably know, I tend to make my art and comics quite far in advance and, the morning before I made this comic, I read this article about yet another British debate which had been censored before it even began.

The irony here is that the person who refused to debate is a left-wing NUS LGBT officer and the person she refused to share a platform with wasn’t some goose-stepping far-right extremist and/or some frothing fundamentalist, but none other than the one and only Peter Tatchell. Perhaps the most famous LGBT rights & human rights activist in current British history!

The reasons for this informal censorship were apparently because Peter Tatchell openly supported the right to free speech for a few narrow-minded people that he strongly disagrees with (and whom I strongly disagree with too). This NUS officer doesn’t seem to realise that free speech is for everyone or it’s for no-one. Democracy is based on debate, and debate requires free speech. I really hope that these modern “liberals” don’t end up in parliament in the future, since they’ll be in for quite a shock.

But, yes, it made me think of my debating days at university [a different one to the one in the news article] less than a decade ago (plus, I couldn’t resist the idea of drawing Harvey debating).

Back then, thankfully just before all of this modern hyper-censorious silliness really seriously took hold, the debating society was a place where people could put forward ludicrously controversial private motions just for the hell of it, and where you were just as likely to be arguing for the other side. It was the opposite of a modern “safe space” (which did exist back then, but it was only at the LGBT society’s events. Even then, it seemed like a rather novel thing) and it was an exhilerating thing.

But, yeah, with debates being constantly shut down by “liberals”, of all people, I despair for the future of democracy in this country. Hence this satirical cartoon.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Resurrected - Master Debaters" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Resurrected – Master Debaters” By C. A. Brown