It’s the blogmanay end of year round-up of cartoons and caricatures and what a year it was with war, plague, royal successions and puzzle games.
1. Australian Open
It's easy to forget that at the start of 2022 we were still grappling with Covid lockdowns and rolling out the vaccines. Christmas of 2021 was restricted but the big sporting events of this year were looking for ways to go ahead with spectators and so the first big sporting event of 2022 was the Australian Open. To play in the Australian Open you had to be either vaccinated or have an exemption and World No.1 Novak Djokovic was keen to increase his grand slams wins. Djokovic said he had a 'vaccine exemption' but was detained at the airport and put in quarantine while judges considered. One judge released him but was overridden by the immigration minister, lost his appeal and was deported.
While we detained he was in an immigration detention centre with 30 other asylum seekers while his supporters protested outside and the world media was focused on the outcome. Nigel Farage contrarian anti-immigration ex-UKIP politician called for Djokovic to be allowed to play while also railing against small-boat immigration across the channel. All this lead to the following cartoon that got published in Private Eye.
One of the biggest stories of 2022 was the trending puzzle game Wordle developed by Welsh software developer Josh Wardle and subsequently bought by the New York Times after it had became a global sensation and it seemed like everyone on Twitter and your works Teams was sharing their Wordle scores. The green and yellow squares of Wordle started appearing in cartoons and this is my attempt from the reject pile.