Thursday, 15 September 2016

"Zed's dead, baby- Zed's dead"

I work in a basement.
My job is in I.T. support, so it is the law that I must be housed in such a place.
It's not great. No natural light or air.
Once or twice a year the pipes from the toilets above us leak.
The odd mouse shows up every now n again to lighten the mood.

Anyway... apparently one of the most popular type of housing extensions (in London at least ) is the basement extension.
One day I wondered why this might be.
Here is a cartoon in the current Private Eye magazine.


Friday, 2 September 2016

And this is me...

News item in the UK last week: 
"Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests"

Is this really new news?

Here's a cartoon I had rejected by everyone a year or so back.




(bloke on sofa modelled by self)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Merry Christmas, almost

One of the hottest days of the summer (in this part of the UK at least), and here I am trying to channel festive thoughts of Christmassy-ness. Yup, it's that time of year when Private Eye magazine calls for ideas for their Christmas cards. I tried to get into the Yuletide spirit by attaching some toy antlers to next door's cat, but all I got from this was scratched and bloodied arms.
Ho hum- off to Youtube then- some Greg Lake ripping off Prokofiev's 'Troika'- a bit of Frankie's 'Power of Love'- and maybe Jona Lewie stopping his cavalry to finish off.
Ho Ho, er... Ho!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate

My computer went 'bang'- I have only just finished repairing it.
It was only out of action for a day, so I can't really blame my lack of cartooning and blogging on this.
I think my tooning tardiness is more down to the time I've been spending on my late in life fitness fanaticism.
I've mentioned the Krav Maga self-defence and Cross Fit things previously- now I can add yoga to the list of ways I am trying to avoid drawing.
Some might think combat defence and yoga a strange mix of disciplines, but now when I use my Krav skills to stamp on a ne'er-do-well's windpipe I can feel serene whilst doing so.

I guess I'd best post a cartoon- It's been a while...
Here's a fitness related one that I could not sell. It needs some familiarity with wearable fitness technology and Dante's 14th century poem about Hell
I guess it did not find a home for a few reasons- not being funny being the main one I s'pose.


Friday, 5 August 2016

'She's the shape of a cigarette...'

No cartoons for the moment- I have been trying some 1950's-ish fashion illustration drawings recently.
I am not sure why I am drawn (forgive the pun) to fashion illustration.
I hate buying clothes, and my own personal style is more Albert Steptoe than Cary Grant.

Anyway...here are a couple of sketchy efforts.






Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Enlightenment

I usually go to my after-work Krav Maga fight club tonight.
Had to give it a miss this time- my excuse being toon admin, and drawings to be getting on with.
Or, maybe I am getting tired of being thumped by angry ladies fed up with how I have not fixed their broken computers.
I'm considering taking up something a little calmer- maybe some yoga.
The soothing embrace of spirituality might be what I need, rather than the touch-of-death headlock.
Who knows, maybe I will end up like these fellows- currently trying to find themselves in a cartoon of mine in this week's Private Eye magazine.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Lashings of ginger beer

Apparently we live in an age of superfast digital highway instant media streaming 24/7-ness!! (or something).
Here's a cartoon that has just been published this month.
I sent it to the magazine 6 years ago.
I probably shouldn't have used carrier pigeon.




You'll have to be familiar with the books by Mrs Blyton to get this.

(Blimey- my signature was a bit oversized back then, wasn't it?)