1. Facebook all seeing Eye
I drew this cartoon at the start of the year but all year long there was a steady drip drip of stories about how much Facebook knows about it's users and who they were sharing it with and what that data could be used for. I'm sure it's all better now.
2. Tardigrade Mum
Art challenges on social media are often good for sparking off ideas and taking you down tangents you wouldn't have thought of otherwise. In this case it was drawing something about tardigrades the super resilient micro-animals around mothers day.
This went about as viral as any of my comics went this year.
3. Space Force
If I were an American cartoonist I imagine I'd spent most of 2018 drawing Trump cartoons given the amount of news his behaviour and tweets generate. I did attempt a few this year one of which about his cancelling of the Iran treaty did make it into print but I enjoyed drawing this one the most.
The Space Force is the Trump administration's idea of allowing the US military to weaponize space with a new branch to sit alongside the Navy, Air Force and Army.
4. Duck Cluck-bait
This animal on a computer cartoon ended up in the Eye and was reprinted in the Week. Looking at all my cartoons I've noticed I draw many many drawings of animals and people sitting in-front of screens.
5. Royal Baby
This cartoon and the next three were all in a run of three consecutive issues of Private Eye that I had cartoons in.
Everyone from charities, small clubs to every online shop and website had to get in touch with anyone they had details on to talk about how they were going to responsibly police their data resulting in a deluge of emails.
This is one of those relatable topical cartoons which was perfect for the time but won't mean too much in the future.
7. Plastic Pollution
There were lots of cartoons on the subject floating around and I was glad one of my own to the pile.
8. Robot Cat and Dog
One of the creepiest videos of 2018 was of the robot dog being developed by Boston Dynamics that could open doors.
Sometimes you spend ages trying to come up with a gag and sometimes they just come to you quite easily like in this case.
Every year there is one or two topics or ideas that come into my head over and over again when I'm thinking what to draw. Quite often like in the case of fidget spinners and slime I never come up with a great gag and they all end up in the reject pile but it's fun trying. Alexa was one of those topics of 2018 when I had a summer holiday, Christmas and other variants on the same theme. However one of my older Alexa jokes was quite popular one of the days Alexa went down.
10. Luxury Cheese
11. VARS World Cup
With the World Cup in Russia we were expecting the main England football story to be hooliganism not that a new manager in a waistcoat would turn a decent young team into semi finalists. Watching England not being rubbish was perhaps the closest my 2018 to a real good news story.
The other World Cup story was VARS the video referee that they chose to trial on the biggest stage rather than perfect it in some other leagues.
12. Free Hugs
Not every cartoon has to be topical and I enjoy drawing lions
13. Parker Probe
The NASA Parker probe launched in August is on a mission to the outer corona of the Sun. Here is my attempt at a gag about it.
14. Conservative Conference I
As a visual gag there was perhaps too much going on but Private Eye did use it for the basis of a (better) written joke so the idea got published even if the visuals never were seen until now.
15. Conservative Conference II
The Conservative Conference gave us another great 2018 moment in Theresa May's speech which didn't involve cough sweets and props falling down like last year but strange dance moves as she came on.
It gave me a chance to practise my caricaturing skills both for her and the Strictly judges.
Some of the the best BBC content is the David Attenborough nature documentaries which this years was the Dynasties series. I drew this cartoon before I'd watched it and maybe it isn't the funniest but I did like the drawing of the elephant.
17. Rudolph's right on rant
This one is from @studioteabreak's Monday #MythicalMashup challenge which gives you two prompts one of them mythical and can lead to all sorts of unexpected places. In this cartoon I got Rudolph to deliver some devastating social commentary on the injustice of Santa which I have tried before in other forms but this one has a certain charm about it.
18. Brexit news
And to remind it off a reminder that you just can't escape from some stories and we have months of Brexit stories to keep us going in 2019 and probably for the rest of your natural lives.
So that's my 2018 batch done - hoping you all have a good 2019 and that in twelve months time I have 19 more to share with you again (unless society has collapsed).
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