Cartoon. Early 3D technology – children’s pop-up books

Cartoon. 3D pop-up book

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.

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Cartoon – bar code as prison bars

Illustration. A bar code as a symbol of consumerism

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

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Exploitation cartoon. Factory workers in the developing world

Sweat shop factory making leisure wear

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

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Cartoon. Exploitation of sweat shop workers in a clothing factory

Workers in a sweat shop complaining about conditions

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.

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China boycott cartoon

Boycott China cartoon

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

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Cartoon style illustration – slogan T-shirts

Illustration. Person wearing a slogan T-shirt

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

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Flat pack furniture cartoon

Flat pack furniture cartoon

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.

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Energy saving poster in the style of a World War II poster

Energy saving poster, showing a house with lots of lights on and message saying Put That Light Out!

Environmental cartoons
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
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Christmas cartoons. ‘Get thee behind me, Santa!’

Christmas cartoon. Santa tempting a child with a gift. The child's mother saying 'Get thee behind me, Santa!'

Christmas cartoon
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

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Ethical investment piggy bank illustration

Illustration: Ethical investment - cartoon piggy bank with halo

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

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Bottled spring water transported huge distances before being consumed

Water supply and transportation cartoon

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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
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Environment cartoon. The Four Truck Drivers of the Apocalypse

Environmental cartoon - Four Truckdrivers of the Apocalypse

Environmental cartoon
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
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Consumerism cartoon. Transportation as a symbol of the destructive power of over consumption

Environmental cartoon. Transport destroying the planet

Environmental cartoon
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
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Environment cartoons: a cartoon about environment-friendly packaging

Environment cartoon. Environment-friendly litter talking to animals

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Environmental 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
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Environment cartoons: China’s carbon footprint cartoon

China carbon footprint - cartoon

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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

Consumerism Cartoon: the Statue of Liberty as a Symbol of Consumption

Consumerism cartoon: the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of the consumer society

Consumerism and consumption cartoon
Environment 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

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