Car boot sale cartoon. One car is selling boots. Another car is selling shoes (using a sign reading “Car shoe sale”)
Cartoon showing a car boot sale, with a vendor selling shoes under a sign that reads “Car shoe sale”
A note to non-British readers – a car boot is the UK equivalent of a car’s trunk in the USA.
The joke here is that a car boot sale is a sale of bric-a-brac and other goods that can be carried in the boot of a car, and has nothing to do with the garment variety of boot.
A cartoon about 3D technology. Although 3D technology is often thought of as a modern innovation it has been experimented with in cinema almost since the dawn of the medium. Similarly, 3D images have been available in books for many years, as shown here.
Currently fashionable in cinemas, 3D technology has been around for many years, as shown in this example of a children’s pop-up book
A cartoon associated with three dimensional images, holograms, virtual reality.
Bar code cartoon.
Bar codes as prison bars
A person locked into the consumer society, symbolised by a bar code as bars of a prison
A metaphor for the way that people can become trapped by dependence on consumerism
A cartoon about capitalism, money, spending, debt, credit cards
Workers’ rights cartoon
Sweat shop manufacturing cartoon
A worker in a sweat shop complaining that they have to work so hard. The western manages is saying to her “In your language there is no word for leisure.” The factory manufactures leisure wear
A cartoon about the conditions in garment factories in the developing world, where clothes are made cheaply for the western market using cheap labour
A cartoon about globalisation, free trade, consumerism, worker’s rights, exploitation
Cartoon. Workers in a sweat shop complaining about conditions – they aren’t allowed to buy second at a discount.
A cartoon about the conditions in garment factories in the developing world, where clothes are made cheaply for the western market using cheap labour.
A cartoon about globalisation, free trade, consumerism, worker’s rights, exploitation.
Boycott China cartoon
Chinese products cartoon
Cartoon about exploitation of low paid factory workers
A cartoon showing a political activist writing a message on a protest banner that reads “Boycott Chinese products now!” The protestor discovers that the marker pen that the message is being written with was made in China
An illustration about political irony, compromise, protest movements, anti-consumerism protest, boycotting repressive regimes, free trade, international trade
Cartoon style illustration
Slogan T-shirt cartoon
Person wearing a T-shirt with a slogan on it reading “I don’t wear T-shits with slogans”
An illustration showing the paradox of someone wearing a tee shirt with a message on it that proclaims that the person doesn’t wear tee shirts with messages on them
A cartoon about fashion, clothes, clothing, youth culture, ideological fashion, fashion statements, fashion as a message
Flat pack furniture cartoon
A person who has bought so much self assembly flat pack furniture that there isn’t enough space to assemble it
Self assembly furniture cartoon, with the furniture still packed away in its boxes, piled up in the room because there’s no room to put it up. The packs are being used as furniture in their own right.
A cartoon about interior design, ikea, modern furnishing.
Bizarre clothing cartoon
One size fits all
Surreal hats cartoon
Two people wearing hats. The hats are both the same size, but are so huge that they fit both people
A cartoon about shopping, surrealism, fashion, hats, body sizes, clothes sizes, absurdity
Energy saving poster in the style of a World War II poster, with a message saying “Put That Light Out!”
A poster design showing a house with lots of lights on and a message to turn the lights off. A pastiche of a WWII poster, where a similar message would be used to avoid buildings being visible to enemy bombers. Hence the connection between war and fighting to save the environment
A cartoon about energy consumption, insulation, green architecture, energy conservation, environmental degradation, unnecessary electricity use, excessive power use, green energy
Santa’s grotto cartoon
Santa in a shopping mall tempting a child with a gift. The child’s mother saying ‘Get thee behind me, Santa!’
The cartoon uses the Biblical phrase “Get thee behind me Satan” (used by Christ when tempted by the devil) and transforms it into the words used by a mother when her child is tempted by Santa.
The cartoon is a comment about commercialisation and consumerism and has no religious significance (as I’m an atheist)
A Christmas cartoon about temptation, pester power, shopping malls, shopping.
A version of this cartoon was published in Private Eye, Christmas 2012
Ethical investments cartoon
Piggy bank with halo (and ‘ethical investment‘ written on its side)
Cartoon showing coins dropping into a piggy bank
A cartoon or illustration about ethics, ethical consumers, morals, ethical savings, finance, money, economy, economics
For a colour version of this cartoon click here:
Bottled water cartoon
Bottled water cartoon
Water supply in the developing world cartoon
A person in the developing world sometimes has to carry water for very long distances. Meanwhile, in the west, bottled water is sometimes transported internationally before it’s consumed
A cartoon about the wastefulness of aspects of the western consumer lifestyle.
A cartoon about over consumption, decadence, bottled spring water
The Four Truck Drivers of the Apocalyse.
The cartoon shows lorries carrying cargoes that are symbolic of the ills of contemporary western society (with other societies fast catching up).
One lorry carries toxic waste, another logs from logging activity that is depleting the world’s natural resources, another carries weapons, arms and armament while the last one carries the catering facilities for the others – fast food or convenience food
Based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
A cartoon about environmental degradation, war, man made disaster, over consumption, resource depletion, the end of civilisation as we know it
The rocky road to the future
The (metaphorical) road to the future breaking up under the weight of traffic (which represents our consumer lifestyle). It’s the traffic that’s making the road break up in the first place
A cartoon about consumerism, transport, cars, suv, four by four, 4×4, environmental destruction, unsustainable lifestyles, sustainability
For a colour version click here: Landfill cartoon
A disused quarry being used as a landfill dump for waste products.
A cartoon about environmental impact, indigenous peoples, exploitation, ecological impact, ecology,recycling, waste disposal, waste management.
For a colour version of this cartoon click here: Non-biodegradable packaging cartoon
Environment-friendly packaging cartoon
A cartoon about environment-friendly materials. A discarded polystyrene container talking to animals, saying that it likes nature so much that it’s decided to stay around for a long time.
A cartoon about packaging, litter, recycling, waste, consumerism, bio-decomposition, environmental impact
A cartoon from my selection of environmental cartoons
Carbon footprint cartoon
China’s carbon footprint cartoon
Editorial cartoon or illustration on the reason why China has a large carbon footprint – because it manufactures goods for the west
A cartoon about manufacturing in China, imports, experts, trade, pollution, consumerism, the consumer society, manufacturing, carbon credits
Ronald MacDonald stealing the moon from the sky and replacing it with the MacDonald’s logo (the golden arches)
A cartoon about the spread of the fast food consumer culture and the domination of transnational companies and global corporations
Illustration: diet cartoon or obesity cartoon
Possible cartoon title: Reach for the pie.
A cartoon about obesity, over eating, compulsive eating, bad habits, compulsion
An obese or overweight person compulsively trying to eat more food
Cookery cartoon or kitchen cartoon
Cooking utensils cartoon
A kitchen full of utensils and food preparation gadgets, of which only the tin opener is ever used
The caption of this cartoon reads ” I have all these kitchen utensils – but the only one I ever use is the tin opener.”
Consumerism and consumption cartoon
The Statue of Liberty turned into a symbol of the liberty to consume in a consumer society.
I thought about making the statue obese, as a comment on obesity, but decided against it for now. Maybe in a later version.
A cartoon about the consumer society, excessive consumption in western societies, consumption as a symbol of freedom