Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Channel 4 News-animated political cartoon

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The Saudi royal visit to Britain. Art made on 31st October 2007. Traditionally, this is a night for horrors and things people would rather not see. Published, above and here.

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Channel 4 News-animated political cartoon

...coming soon...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Business news

The times they-are-a-changing. Google's ad revenues in the UK exceed ITV's. I should also say one of my employers, Channel 4, are 25 this week and there is a nice link to a lot of interesting logo idents from the past quarter century, among other things, here. I can't believe it's 25 years!

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Cartoon caricature of Johnny Depp

An interesting man to caricature. The colour here has worked much more in favour of the final art than it did with poor old Al Gore below... I wonder why.

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Caricature of Mr Sunshine - Al Gore

Hello Gorehub kind of you to visit.
This was an interesting one to do as I 'lost' the caricatre halfway through, that means I think the simple black and white is better than the colour version.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Journalism and technology news

In the spirit of the marvellous hypertext video, which you can find below, comes this. Hat-tip to Mindy McAdams but the creative kudos belongs to Michael Wesch.

26th October 2007

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Playing It Safe - Book launch

Alan Pearce and Clare Christian have collaborated on a marvellous book for this Christmas*. Anybody who feels the world is going to ruin because of political correctness ought to really enjoy it. I'd like to embarrass Clare now by posting a link to the evidence of her as the Young Publisher of the Year. Here it is. I should also hat-tip Jim Banting, Clare Weber and Liam Relph who helped make the whole thing look just lovely.
25th October 2007

* Caution. I illustrated it and provided the silly drawing for the cover.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Channel 4 News-animated political cartoon

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Cash for honours - we discover how much co-operation John Yates and the Met Police received from the very prominent people who were under investigation for the sale of national honours and titles. Published above and here. 24th October 2007
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UPDATE: Tom Bower has a review on The Guardian today which gives an overview of the whole affair and its key players.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Northern Rock news

The Economist takes a long view of the story and why it still matters. It is well worth a read. This weekend's PR spin was about Rock Chairman, Matt Ridley, (a former Economist employee) not receiving any payoff as he leaves his job. But there was also another little story, about the small matter of another £3bn loan from the Bank of England to prop up the ailing institution. Total Rock borrowing from the Bank of England (the taxpapyer, if you like) is now believed to be in the region of £16bn. If you believe what Hemscott are reporting, Northern Rock's funding problems remain acute.

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The Alisher Usmanov strain

And it's not just on his trousers...
Fat boy's become a trendsetter.

Link from Chicken Yogurt - 22nd October 2007

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Journalism and technology news

This is old news, but still good news. A hat-tip to Mr Quittner, wherever you are today...
25th October 2007

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Problems with making jokes-1

The problems with making jokes post below, touches on another interesting post from Virtual Economics in which Seamus McCauley talks about the increasing fusion between factual and opinion-based news coverage. This is very interesting to someone like me because essentially it's what visual satirists do; try to reveal truths, or opinions, through analogy, visual symbolism and jokes.

Seamus uses a lovely phrase in his piece - the genuine value of satirical news reporting - and goes on to talk about how one of the major problems that today's conventional journalists are finding, is that the predominant industry business models no longer support what it is, journalists do. In this context he argues, the value of satire, goes up.

'The gap between news and news satire gets ever smaller, and it seems our understanding of current affairs is all the richer for it.'

Sincere hat-tip to Mr McCauley

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Problems with making jokes

A sweet spot from D-Notice

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Channel 4 News animation - Ming Campbell resigns

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There was a report out on Monday that reconfirmed the problems which many people in many areas of the country have in finding state-sponsored dental care. Published above and here.
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Monday, October 15, 2007

Ming Campbell resigns news

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Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell's has finally discovered the knack of making a speech that other people will listen to - just three weeks too late. Animation made for Channel 4 News
15th October 2007

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Hack Cartoons - political news

The Conservative party have lost a battle to keep an £8.3m bequest by a man whose son described him as delusional.
Drugs mogul Branislav Kostic, who died in 2005, wrote his will in the 1980s after saying Margaret Thatcher would save the world from "satanic monsters".
But his only son Zoran, 50, contested the bequest at the High Court, saying his father was "deluded and insane" and he was entitled to the entire estate.
The Conservatives say they have not touched the money.
Handing down his judgement, Mr Justice Henderson, said Mr Kostic would not have left the money to the Tories if he had been "of sound mind".


Some stories are perfect, even without a drawing

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore wins Nobel Peace prize

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Al is officially commended for his efforts to help save the planet. He might get an opportunity to finish off Hillary Clinton, as a fringe benefit, too. This would be a result for him, if you believe the stories about their previous relationship when they were last together in the White House...
Drawn 12th October 2007

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The government in trouble - and because of Mr Brown.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gordon Brown Prime Minister - political cartoon news

It's been an awful week for the Prime Minister, as I hope you can see here.
10th October 2007
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hack Cartoons - exhibition news

This terrific photograph of Margaret Thatcher by Roger Bamber* is a part of an excellent show on political imagery at the Design and Copyright Society in London. I have some still and animated work in the show. The Kowalsky gallery is at 33 Great Sutton Street, London and the show is on until the end of January. Full details are on the gallery page at their website.

* Maggie Gets Her Hands Dirty, May 1983 by Roger Bamber.© Roger Bamber 2007.

Interestingly, the photo never saw the light of day after Roger took it, as Mrs T was running in the 1983 election campaign at the time, and the image of her holding a pile of crap was thought too unfortunate to be publishable. In case anyone was in any doubt, spin, clearly, did not begin in 1997.

While we are talking exhibitions, I'm also going to be at the annual Big Draw in Covent Garden this weekend, on October 13th and 14th. There is a massive amount of drawing and joke related activity going on, over both days, do come along and enjoy yourselves.

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New cartoon blog news

I have every confidence that this new cartoon strip, made by Lou McKeever and Chichi Parrish, is going to be just fantastic. And probably also, just a bit, rude. Rather wonderfully named, do watch out for Fanny by Gaslight.
Both of these cartoonists are also appearing at the Big Draw in London's Covent Garden, this weekend, don't miss them and it.
(The image republished by permission of Lou McKeever and Chichi Parrish.)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

More Mr Usmanov news

The implications of the Usmanov-Schillings affair continue to rumble around the world. The latest spot is in The International Herald Tribune, which quotes Tim Ireland approvingly I think.

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Journalism and technology news

This picture of a journalism college class from the University of Missouri is sort of wonderful and sort of terrifying, all at the same time. It's certainly a testament to the power of effective brand marketing. A hat-tip to the Silicon Valley Sleuth.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Channel 4 News animation: David Cameron-Reduced

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David Cameron's speech to the Conservative Party Conference on 3rd October 2007 - somewhat reduced. Published here and by Channel 4 News. You can watch Gordon Brown's effort in Bournemouth and Ming Campbell in Brighton here.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Election news

A short and pithy point on the eternal, will-he-won't-he speculation. And a hat-tip to Paul Linford.

Alisher Usmanov video news

Kudos to Mike Power for this video celebration of an ongoing dissent. If you need information on exactly what this is all about, please read this and this.

UPDATED:041007 Worth reading this from Tim Ireland on Mr Usmanov's response to all the bad publicity.

Further news from Tim Ireland and some pleasing candour from the News Editor of the Financial Times.

Monday, October 01, 2007

David Cameron news

It's a big week for David Cameron...and below is a preparatory sketch for the leader's speech animation I will be doing for Channel 4 this week.

You can see Ming Campbell and Gordon Brown at these links.