Super moons are not as super as the media make out

Cartoon about the media coverage of supermoons

Cartoon about the media’s distortion of the visual impact of a super moon

Super moons were unheard of in the media until the last few years. Now every time the moon gets close to the earth in its orbit the press is full of it, with misleading photographs to make the moon look huge and spectacular (taken with telephoto lenses so that the moon looks large compared to objects such as people or buildings in the distance).

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The moon as an egg (or chrysalis)

Butterfly hatching from the moon

A cartoon of a butterfly hatching from the moon
The moon as an egg or a chrysalis

I drew a version of this cartoon in pen and ink back in the late 1980s or early 1990s. This digital version was done in the late 1990s.
I was reminded of this cartoon while watching a recent episode of the science fiction series Dr Who, called Kill the Moon, in which the moon was a giant egg that hatched into a creature that looked a bit like a cosmic dragon.
There’s obviously nothing new under the sun (or moon).

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Moon cartoons

moon cartoons

Moon cartoons

This image is from my selection of cartoons about the moon, all available on this site.

This illustration is a variation of a cartoon of mine showing the explorer Thor Heyerdahl travelling to the moon on a balsa wood raft.

Moon cartoon. A woman in front of the full moon, a man in front of the crescent moon

Moon cartoon. A woman in front of the full moon, a man in front of the crescent moon

Moon cartoon.
A woman in front of the full moon, a man in front of the crescent moon

The woman looks as though she has a halo, while the man looks as though he has devil horns

This cartoon isn’t meant to imply that women are saints and men are devils – just that there are definite gender differences between male and female and that women generally come out as being nicer than men. There are biological reasons for that of course.
The cartoon refers slightly to the supposed power of the moon to affect people’s personalities, here turning people into saints and sinners
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Who was the third man to walk on the moon? Cartoon

third man on the moon cartoon

A cartoon about the nature of fame

Who was the third man to walk on the moon?
It was Pete Conrad.

A cartoon about the transience of fame and celebrity, and the judgement of achievement.

Most people know that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, and that Buzz Aldrin was the second.
But no-one remembers who the third man on the moon was.
Or the fourth.
The fourth man to walk on the moon was Alan Bean.

Pete Conrad and Alan Bean were the lunar landing crew of Apollo 12, the second moon mission to land on the moon.

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Apollo lunar excursion module (lem) design cartoon.

Apollo lunar excursion module design cartoon - so 1960s

Apollo lunar excursion module cartoon – so 1960s

Cartoon showing an Apollo moon mission lem (lunar excursion module) in a museum.
A person is commenting on the seemingly antiquated design, saying that it’s ‘so 1960s!’

It’s a cartoon that comments on the fact that the Apollo moon missions took place in a time that is now history, although when they happened they felt like (and were) a symbol of the modern age – the space age.
In Britain the prime minister used the expression ‘the white heat of technology’ to describe the progress of the era.
It also comments on the fact that in the early 21st century we live in a design obsessed age (look at Apple products), where design is often appreciated before usefulness.

I first drew this cartoon in 1999, when the 1960s weren’t so far in the past!
This is a redrawn version prompted by the death of Neil Armstrong.

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Neil Armstrong dies – cartoon

neil armstrong dies - cartoon

The first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, dies
Obituary cartoon

To mark the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, this cartoon shows the Apollo landing craft coming in to land at the pearly gates of heaven.

Apollo 11 reached the moon in summer 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, followed closely by Buzz Aldrin. Who remembers who the third man to walk on the moon was? (Charles P. (Pete) Conrad, who died in 1999, aged 69, following a motorcycle accident. I don’t recall hearing about it in the news. Such is the measure of achievement).
Just for the pedantic amongst you, I know that the lunar landing craft (or lem – lunar excursion module) would have had Buzz Aldrin in it in real life rather than just Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin hasn’t yet died – but this isn’t real life, it’s a cartoon (There are no pearly gates in real life either).
I’m very pleased to say that one of the first requests to use this cartoon came from NASA. You can see it here.

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Moon cartoon – following sat-nav to the moon

Sat-nav gps lost on moon - cartoon

From my selection of moon cartoons
Following sat-nav on the moon

A cartoon about following a sat-nav to the wrong destination – a car has been following the directions given by its sat nav system and has ended up on the moon.
This is a joke about the way that people can reach the wrong destination by unthinkingly following the directions given by their sat-navs (or any other imparter of false knowledge)

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Moon cartoons

cartoons about the moon

Welcome to my selection of cartoons about the moon

To see my moon cartoons please click the image on the right, or the link below

Moon cartoons.

Some of the cartoons deal with the moon scientifically, while others deal with it mythologically or spiritually (or pseudospiritually).

A cartoon about aspiration. A “Chinese proverb” about the moon

Aspirational cartoon. Aim for the moon

Cartoon about aspiration
Proverbs about the moon

This aspirational cartoon is titled “A Chinese Proverb” although I actually thought it up myself.
The saying is: “Aim at the moon and you will harpoon a fish. Aim at a fish and you will harpoon a fish. So you may as well aim at the moon.”

A cartoon about aspiration, drive, ambition, foresight, optimism

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Cartoon. A person looking through a telescope and a person looking through a microscope

Cartoon about our place in the universe. A person looking through a telescope and a person looking through a microscope. Both seeing the same thing

Telescope cartoon
Microscope cartoon
A cartoon about our place in the universe

A person looking through a telescope and a person looking through a microscope. Both seeing the same thing
A cartoon to illustrate the fact that we as humans occupy a position in the scale of things that is part way between the really big and the really small, and that to a large extent both extremes are inaccessible to us.
I’m not implying that the really small is actually the same as the really big by the way (as in the common game of imagining that atoms are planetary systems and that our solar system is actually an atom in a more gigantic scale of reality), although it’s a fun concept

A cartoon about perception, our place in the universe, stars, bacteria, size, scale

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Galileo cartoon. Galileo discussing his telescope’s discoveries with the Pope

Galileo carton - discussing his telescope's discoveries with the church

Galileo cartoon
Galileo discussing the discoveries he made with his telescope with the church

The representative from the church (the Pope?) is thinking of hitting Galileo on the head with his telescope in order to shut him up.
The joke is that Galileo’s telescope made the discoveries and the church wants to use Galileo’s telescope to silence him

A cartoon about anti-scientific religious thinking, suppression of knowledge, fundamentalism, religion, doctrine, the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo Galilei, pope Urban VIII
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Moon cartoons – desert island

Moon cartoons - desert island shaped like the moon

Moon cartoon – or desert island cartoon (or spaceflight cartoon)

Moon mission or space exploration joke.
A manned space mission to the moon crash lands on earth in the ocean. The astronaut is washed up on a desert island shaped like the moon

A twist on the cartoon cliche of the desert island joke.
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Moon cartoons. Moon with electricity pylons

Moon cartoons. Electricity pylons looking at the moon.

Moon cartoon
The moon with electricity pylons

Electricity pylons looking at the moon. The moon in the cartoon is made from metal struts like the pylons
The pylons are anthropomorphic and suggest human figures

A cartoon about anthropomorphism, surrealism.
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Moon cartoons. A monkey reaching for the moon – or is it a banana?

Moon cartoons. Monkey reaching for banana shaped moon

Moon cartoons
A monkey reaching for the moon, or is it a banana?

An illustration or design showing a silhouette of a monkey trying to grasp the moon

The illustration is about reaching for things that are out of reach (as in reach for the stars).
It is also about the way that people interpret things to fit in with their experience and interests – hence the monkey sees the moon looking like a banana
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A cartoon about apathy about learning and education

cartoon about apathy about knowledge  about the wonders of the universe

A child who is not interested in learning anything

Cartoon showing a boy who has no sense of wonder or curiosity about the world, and who isn’t interested in learning anything about how the world works.
The cartoon shows a teacher trying to explain how the moon orbits the earth

A cartoon about intellectual apathy, ignorance, dumbing down, under achievement, illiteracy, low attainment, knowledge, teaching, inspiring teachers, scientific literacy
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Jigsaw puzzle cartoon. Jigsaw puzzle of the night sky. How difficult is that?

Moon cartoon. Night sky jigsaw puzzle.

Moon cartoon
Jigsaw cartoon

A man doing a jigsaw puzzle of the starry night sky. So far he’s only managed to put together the two pieces that make up the image of the moon.
Obviously a jigsaw puzzle of the stars in the night sky would be a very difficult jigsaw to put together

The cartoon may be interpreted as a warning about not judging tasks by how easy they seem to be at the beginning.
A cartoon illustration on the subjects of deluded optimism, futility, hubris, astrology, jigsaws
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Moon Cartoon. Thor Heyerdahl voyaging to the moon in a version of the Kon Tiki craft

Moon cartoon featuring Thor Heyerdahl voyaging to the moon in a version of the Kon Tiki craft.

Space exploration cartoon
Thor Heyerdahl reaching the moon in a Kon Tiki type balsa wood raft

Cartoon featuring Thor Heyerdahl voyaging to the moon in a version of the Kon Tiki craft – to prove that people may have first reached the moon that way

Kon Tiki was the craft used by Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 to prove that people from South America could have reached Polynesia and settled there
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