2017 was a dramatic/terrifying year with inept government, threats of WW3 and robots stealing our jobs and so as we survive another year let us look with our humour glasses at my favourite cartoons I drew in the last 12 months. If you want you can compare it with the best 16 of 2016 and see if you think I've got better or worse.
1. Robot Jobs
This is without doubt my best cartoon I have had published (so far). It appeared in Private Eye back in February and started out as a more boring version with the human moaning to a robot about robots coming to take their jobs, but a late caption twist worked much better. I liked the opportunity to draw robots in a boring office environment.
2. Caligula's Horse
2017 spawned a multitude of Trump gags as the US President continued to defy all presidential conventions exiting the Paris agreement, facing up to North Korea, and using Twitter to attack the UK prime minister. When drawing topical cartoons it was hard to come up with an angle that hadn't been covered better by a host of other cartoonists, but after reading Tom Holland's Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar I drew this one.
The author Tom Holland himself did retweet it, which brought a few responses along the lines that Caligula wasn't really mad and didn't actually make his horse a consul which wikipedia does seem to agree. However cartoons often work on popular misconceptions and myth as opposed to reality (for example the case of lemmings and cliffs).
3. Ed Sheeran Top of the Pops
4. Plastic Oceans
One of my favourite non-topical cartoons from the year which plays on the element of surprise where the onlooker knows the truth but the hapless cartoon character is about to be in for a fright!
5. Fidget Spinners
2017 was the year of the fidget spinner craze which did result in our household owning about half a dozen of the gadgets. It spawned a fidget spinner magazine and a host of other fidget gadgets that did not take off. However by the end of the summer it had been replaced by slime as the playground fad of choice. Every so often I still come across one of our fidget spinners and give it a little twirl so it doesn't feel so abandoned.
6. May's disastrous general election
2017 was the year Theresa May ran probably the most inept out of touch election campaign of my lifetime which she didn't even have to call. Opinion polls showing huge Conservative leads over the seemingly unelectable Jeremy Corbyn lead Theresa May to gamble and call for an early general election to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations. Newspapers were full of early predictions of huge majorities, but May ran a robotic, ill-advised campaign and so when the exit polls came out it showed she was short of an overall majority. I drew this cartoon as I was staying up awaiting the first election results.
7. The Queen's Kindle
Such a disastrous election performance ought to have lead to a Tory leadership challenge, and many (myself included) concluded that the government wouldn't last the year. However the government came up with a confidence and supply agreement with the Northern Irish DUP party.
During the negotiations the Queen's speech was delayed (allegedly because the goatskin parchment took days for the ink to dry) and so for a Twitter Shape challenge I drew this cartoon.
8. Platonic Island
9. Driverless Cars
Driverless cars was one of the other topical tech stories of the year and for a ShapeChallenge I drew this driverless boring view of the technological near future.
10. Dolly Babe
11. Star Trek Discovery
In October a new Star Trek series hit UK Netflix Star Trek Discovery and after a slow start, and endless Klingon monologues I found we got quite into it. One of the best characters was the nervous science officer Lieutenant Saru.
12. Facial Recognition
14. Blue Planet II
goldfish estate agents and goldfish swimming lessons).
15 Bitcoin price
16. Brexit Advent
17. Christmas Presents
Friday, 22 December 2017
Compare this with the 2011 Santa's IT woes cartoon for a visual representation on how IT systems and my drawing style/colouring has progressed.
Was thinking of the noisy manager and the Little Drummer boy song and came up with this. I did a different drummer boy cartoon back in 2012. My drum and bass knowledge is very limited and so I avoided making him say stuff like 'That is wicked' or other phrases that would advertise my lack of cultural awareness.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
You're always worried when you google 'What materials make up a nuclear reactor' you're going to end up on some government watch list as a potential terrorist making a dirty bomb. However I think these three ingredients are pretty common knowledge.
Monday, 18 December 2017
I drew this Christmas cartoon for the CCGB and my advent cartoon campaign.
I've been quite rough on old Santa this year as an unfair employer of elves, and he's certainly not a benevolent socialist (otherwise all kids would get the same level of parents).
The other good thing about elves is how easily you can use them in puns like low elf-esteem, self elf, and the National elf service which I cartooned about before.
Saturday, 9 December 2017
For day 1 I redrew one of my favourite gags from way back in 2011. That time the style was basic to convey the gag - this time I went for more of an illustration style and I quite liked the retro looking result.
I have drawn other advent calendar cartoons like this one.
- 17 cartoons from 2017
- Advent 22 Last Day Of Work
- Advent 19 Little Drum and Bass Boy
- Advent 18 Treebeard's Christmas Revisited
- Advent 17 Perfect Christmas Presents
- Advent 15 Santa knows it all
- Advent 13 grumpy christmas tortoise
- Advent 10 Elf Employed
- Advent Day 5: Mince Pies
- Advent Day 3: Christmas Godzilla
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