Cartoon about press regulation – who reports on the reporters?

press regulation cartoon

Cartoon – who reports on the reporters?

This cartoon is about the subject of press manipulation of the news, press regulation, and who should police the press and broadcasting media.

A cartoon about press freedom, censorship, press reporting, press bias, the influence of the press on public opinion.
Also a Leveson Report cartoon Lord Leveson’s report on the future of the press in Britain is due out on 29th November, 2012

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Health and safety gone mad – cartoon

Health and safety gone mad cartoon

Cartoon. Health and safety gone mad.

A cartoon about the petty rules and over-zealous implementation of laws concerning health and safety regulations.

A humorous illustration showing an officious official making a judgement on a health and safety issue. A child wrapped in cottonwool to protect it from danger – but the cotton wool leaves the child’s face exposed to danger.

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Pareidolia image – an orchid flower that looks like a human head

Pareidolia - orchid flower as human head

Pareidolia – an orchid flower as a man’s head

A photograph of an orchid flower that looks like a human head

I took the photo of the orchid in Kew Gardens. I then drew the man’s body to go with the photo.
The orchid looks like the head of a man with a beard and a hat.

An illustration or artwork about pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces in other things where they don’t exist.
See similar images of Pareidolia here: Pareidolia 1 and Pareidolia 2

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Celebrity child abuse cartoon

child abuse - eligible for compensation cartoon

Politician and celebrity child abuse cartoon

In the wake of the Jimmy Savile affair there is a danger that unscrupulous lawyers will jump on the current wave of awareness of child abuse and will fish for victims, in a similar way that some law firms fish for victims of accidents in order to profit from the compensation claims that can be made.

A cartoon about paedophiles, paedophilia, compensation culture, litigation culture andchild sexual abuse.
At the time that this cartoon was drawn the list of celebrities and politicians who were being accused of historic sexual abuse was growing by the day – Jimmy Savile, Dave Lee Travis, Cyril Smith, Max Clifford, Stuart Hall…

The cartoon shows an advert in a gents toilet, where adverts for slightly dodgy legal practices can sometimes be found (such as for firms offering to win you compensation for mis-sold insurance protection plans)

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Clock tower and watch tower cartoon

clock tower and watch tower cartoon

Clock tower and watch tower cartoon

A cartoon showing a clock tower with a clock in it, and a watch tower with a wrist watch in it.
A visual pun on the word watch, exploiting the different meanings: to look out for and a small personal timepiece

A cartoon about architecture, time, puns, towers, clocks
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‘Primitive’ circle of hands art

Hand print circle red on black

An illustration of hand prints in circles
To see the similar illustration click here

Red hand prints in rings

Prints of hands have appeared in art since the days of prehistoric cave paintings.
As a result this illustration looks quite atavistic and primitive

An illustration or clipart about hands, prints, logos

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Hand print circles illustration or logo

Hand print circles logo

An illustration hand prints in circles

Hand prints in rings creating a sun-like effect.
To see a similar illustration please click here

Prints of hands have appeared in art since the days of prehistoric cave paintings.
This image looks both modern and primitive at the same time (Modern in the sense that a lot of corporate design and logos, trademarks, etc attempt to invoke nature, tradition, the pseudo-spiritual and so on

An illustration or clipart about hands, prints, logos

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People with hand print heads – shaking hands

Hand print heads - shaking hands

A drawing of people with heads made out of hand prints/h3>

The people with hand print heads are about to shake hands

Hand prints have been used in art since the beginning of art itself. Handprints have been used in prehistoric cave paintings for instance.
A cartoon about communication.
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Mushroom illustration – toadstool illustration – fungi

mushroom illustration - chris madden

A drawing of a mushroom
Fungus illustration
Toadstool sketch

A drawing of a toadstool, mushroom or similar fungus, inspired by a walk in the park in autumn

The fungus in this drawing is a purely impressionistic one, made up on my sketch pad in my studio. It is meant to give the feel for the fungus rather than being a scientific representation of one

A drawing about autumn, fungi, mushrooms, toadstools.
A digital painting of fungus.

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Quotation about pedants

humorous quote about pedants

A humorous quotation about pedantry
“I’m not a pedant (in the strict definition of the term)
The quote is my own

A typography-based image showing a funny quote about pedants

The humour is in the fact that only a pedant would qualify their lack of pedantry as quoted here
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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON poster – parody cartoon

keep calm and carry on parody cartoon

Chris Madden cartoon parody of the Keep Calm and Carry On merchandising craze

A cartoon that parodies the current craze for variations on the KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON message or exhortation

This cartoon uses the message Keep calm and wait for this irritating fad to pass

A cartoon about crazes, fashion, catch phrases, posters

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Cartoon. Union jack or union flag? And which way up?

union jack or union flag pedant cartoon

Cartoon. Union jack or union flag?

Cartoon about whether the British flag should be called the union jack or the union flag, and about the common problem of the flag being flown upside down.
And about whether it matters

A cartoon showing a union jack or union flag being flown as part of the celebrations for an event.
A man is pointing out that the flag isn’t called the union jack, because jacks are only flown on ships.
He’s also pointing out that the flag is upside down. The wider white diagonal band should be at the top of the tethered side of the flag.

The flag in the cartoon is called a pennant, as it is a hanging flag and is triangular in shape.
The man is called a pedant, as he is over obsessed with trivial detail.
A cartoon about pedantry, wrong way up union jack, bunting, flags

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Solicitor cartoon – unusual wills and legacies

wills and legacies cartoon

A cartoon about solicitors and wills. Some people leave everything to animals in their wills. This cartoon shows someone who has left everything to a plant.

A cartoon about the cliche of people leaving all their worldly belongings to their pets when they die. Along the lines of “Being of sound mind I do hereby leave all my worldly belongings to Tiddles, my beloved pet cat”. Here the situation is made even more absurd by the testator or testatrix leaving everything to a houseplant.

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Wise sayings cartoon. Never marry a woman prettier than …

 Cartoon. Never marry a woman prettier than...

Cartoon about advise on how to live your life. The sort of woman to marry – how attractive should she be?

The cartoon shows a ‘lifestyle guru’ telling some young men what sort of woman it’s advisable to marry.
Part of the joke in the cartoon is that the situation depicted is absurd, because the young men are obviously unmotivated members of disaffected youth culture. Marriage is obviously not on their agenda. Especially marriage to the sort of women to whom the adviser is referring.

This cartoon is part of a series about the phenomenon of gurus, personal counsellors, lifestyle coaches (a recent and rather ludicrous twist on the phenomenon of personal fulfilment), motivational speakers and suchlike. In the series the guru, counsellor or what-have-you is a very ordinary middle aged woman rather than someone who is removed from the humdrum of everyday life.
The speaker is meant to represent to some extent a parody of lifestyle advisers and self improvement gurus.

Cartoon about matchmaking, attractive women, marriageable women, marriage guidance, never marry a pretty woman, wisdom, counselling, engagement in society.
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Cartoon: Occupy St Pauls eviction. Discarded V for Vendetta masks cartoon

occupy protest eviction discarded guy fawkes masks

Cartoon showing the result of the Occupy St Pauls eviction. Discarded V for Vendetta masks

Cartoon showing the aftermath of the eviction of anti-capitalism protesters from the Occupy camp outside St Pauls cathedral
The cartoon shows discarded V for Vendetta masks in a litter bin.

The Guy Fawkes mask was adopted by the anti-capitalist Occupy movement, and protesters at the Occupy camps outside St Paul’s cathedral and elsewhere were frequently seen wearing the masks.
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Margaret Thatcher cartoon. Margaret Thatcher as the iron lady or mad axewoman

Margaret Thatcher iron lady mad axewoman cartoon

Margaret Thatcher cartoon caricature as the iron lady and mad axewoman

This cartoon of Margaret Thatcher was drawn during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership as a response to her policies.
Margaret Thatcher was known by the iron lady (because of her resolve) and the mad axewoman (because of the cuts that she made to the welfare state).
The cartoon was used widely in political campaigns and left wing publications. It featured in the 1981 Big Red Diary, published by Pluto Press, and was used by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in their newspaper, Socialist Worker, and on posters such as the one shown in the photograph here.
A copy of the poster featured in the 2012 film The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. The poster even features in the official UK trailer for the film

See this cartoon on a Mad Axewoman protest placard
See this cartoon on an anti-Thatcher political lapel badge
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Ockham’s razor cartoon (or Occam’s razor cartoon)

Ockham's razor cartoon

Ockham’s razor cartoon (or Occam’s razor cartoon)

Ockham’s razor cartoon (or Occam’s razor cartoon). Occam’s razor is the name given to the principle that from among competing hypotheses or ideas the one that gives the simplest and least complex explanation or that makes the fewest new assumptions is more likely to be correct.

Occam’s razor gets its name from William of Ockham, an English Franciscan friar and philosopher. He didn’t actually originate the maxim that the simpler an explanation was the more likely it was to be correct, but he used the concept frequently so the maxim became associated with him.
The joke in the cartoon is that Occam finds all of the razors in a shop too complicated, as he thinks that a simpler one will do the job better.
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Psychiatry and therapy cartoon

Cartoon -mind your head - therapist

Therapy cartoon.

Cartoon about the sometimes unnecessary use of therapy and psychiatry.
This isn’t a criticism of all therapy and psychiatry by the way, despite appearances. It’s more a questioning of some of the characteristics of some of the practices – their philosophies, policies, politics and so on.

A cartoon about counselling, therapy, psychiatrists.
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A cartoon about identity. A person wearing a mask. Is the face behind the mask a mask too?

the mask behind the mask cartoon

A cartoon about identity.

Cartoon about identity and masks – person wearing a mask, with the face behind the mask being the same as the mask itself

Cartoon about masks. The joke in the cartoon is that the face behind the mask is exactly the same as the mask. Is it a mask itself? It’s ambiguous.
A cartoon about hidden identities, the subconscious, personality projection, true self, anonymity, psychology, psychiatry,, alternative identities.
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Happiness cartoon – the pursuit of happiness

Cartoon - the pursuit of happiness

Happiness cartoon. The pursuit of happiness

Happiness cartoon – the pursuit of happiness. Showing a person chasing party balloons like a donkey pursuing a carrot on a stick.

Happiness cartoon.
The cartoon illustrates people’s innate desire to pursue happiness.
The cartoon illustrates the concept that happiness is transient and can’t be grasped and kept permanently (symbolised by the idea of grabbing and hanging onto the party balloons in the illustration).
The cartoon depicts the pursuit of happiness as a motivation for people doing things.
A cartoon about people’s expectations of happiness, the elusiveness of happiness, the search for happiness, the pursuit of happiness, thwarted expectations, motivation, sense of discontentment, motivational activities.
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Cartoon about contentment and expectation. “There must be more to life than this”

hang glider- must be more to life than this - cartoon

Happiness cartoon or contentment cartoon.

Happiness cartoon – some people are never happy.
Cartoon showing a person flying in a hang glider, which is a form of high octane, high stimulation extreme sport, thinking “There must be more to life than this”.

Happiness cartoon.
The cartoon illustrated people’s innate sense of discontentment (which is one of the reasons why people are so achievement orientated, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing – or is it?).
A cartoon about people’s expectations of happiness, the elusiveness of happiness, the search for happiness, the pursuit of happiness, thwarted expectations, motivation.

See my book about life, the universe and everything.

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Therapy cartoon. If you’re too happy perhaps you need therapy

Cartoon - you're too contented - you need therapy

Psychotherapy (or just plain therapy) Cartoon. Happiness cartoon.

Therapy cartoon – showing a woman saying to her partner “I’m worried about how contented you seem – I think you need therapy”
She is over analysing people’s moods and even diagnosing happiness or being happy as a mental condition that requires treatment.

Happiness cartoon. A cartoon about the potential over use of therapy, analysis, counselling, psychology, psychiatry, psychotic states.
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Child development cartoon. How to bring up the perfect child

Cartoon - book on how to raise the perfect child

Cartoon showing an ambitious mother reading a book about how to raise the perfect child

Child development cartoon. An ambitious mother reading a book on child rearing called ‘How to Bring up the Perfect Child‘. The mother is saying to her child ‘Not now dear, I’m busy.’

A cartoon about child rearing, parenting skills, hothousing, developmental psychology, education, educational pychology, yummy mummy, yummy mummies, misdirected ambition, bad parenting.
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Cartoon. Educational books for children: ‘ The Bumper Book of Wonder’ & ‘My First Book of Disillusionment’

cartoon - my first book of disillusionment

Cartoon showing an eager child reading a book titled ‘The Bumper Book of Wonder’. Near the child is a book that will be read in the future, called ‘My First Book of Disillusionment’

Child development cartoon showing an eager child reading a book titled ‘The Bumper Book of Wonder’. Near the child is a book he will read in the future, called ‘My First Book of Disillusionment’

A cartoon about growing up and loss of innocence, acquisition of knowledge, epistomology, epistemology.
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Cartoon. George Orwell’s Big Brother – thought police surveillance camera

cartoon big brother thought police

Orwellian Big Brother thought police cartoon

Big Brother thought police cartoon showing surveillance cameras. One surveillance camera is monitoring a person while the other surveillance camera is monitoring the person’s thoughts. That camera is labelled ‘thought police‘.

A cartoon about freedom of thought, George Orwell’s 1984 distopia, distopian societies, oppression, oppressive regimes, thought crimes, liberty.
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Cartoon. The film J Edgar renamed as Jedgar (as in the pop duo, Jedward)

Cartoon. J Edgar film renamed Jedgar to resemble Jedward pop duo name

Cartoon. Leonardo Dicaprio as J Edgar Hoover in the film J Edgar. In the cartoon the name J Edgar has been changed to Jedgar, to mimic the name of the pop music duo Jedward.

Cartoon. The film J Edgar renamed Jedgar, as a play on the name of the pop duo Jedward.
Jedward is a pop duo who’s members are called John and Edward, condensed to Jedward.

The members of the group Jedward are best known for their hairstyle – a strikingly high blond quiff.
Part of the joke in the cartoon is that such a hairstyle is the last thing that J Edgar Hoover would ever have.
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Cartoon. Waterstone’s bookshops drop the apostrophe

Waterstone's grocer's apostrophe cartoon

A cartoon about the announcement that Waterstone’s booksellers are to remove the apostrophe from their name.

Cartoon. The joke here is that a bookseller = of all people – should maintain standards of punctuation. In the cartoon Waterstone’s is depicted as a market stall rather than a bookshop, with the Waterstone’s sign lacking an apostrophe, but with the label for the books on the stall containing an apostrophe. This apostrophe is the core of the joke. This apostrophe is known as the grocers’ apostrophe (or is it the grocer’s apostrophe?), which is a common symbol of bad punctuation.

A cartoon about punctuation, changing punctuation due to the internet (partly due to the fact that some punctuation isn’t allowed in urls etc), evolution of language,
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Anti-smoking cartoon based on John Player Special advertising campaign in the 1980s

Cigarette advert parody illustration

An anti smoking cartoon that parodies cigarette advertising.

This is an anti-smoking cartoon parody of a cigarette advertising campaign for John Player Special cigarettes in the early 1980s.

The cigarette packets were black, and the advertising campaign relied on a number of visual puns and word plays on the word black (using the similarity between the words ‘black’ and ‘back’) – word plays such as “Black chat” (with a photo of two packs of cigarettes looking as though they were talking to each other) and “Flash black” (with a photograph of a cigarette packet surrounded by flashes of lightning).
My parody or spoof advert used similar plays on the word black, but giving it a negative spin such as by using the term “Black death” (with a skull made out of cigarette packets), “Black to the land” (i.e. being in a grave, with a cigarette packet as a gravestone) “Blackstabber” (being stabbed in the back with a cigarette) and “Black against the wall” (being against a wall with a firing squad – the bullets being cigarettes).
This is an anti smoking cartoon or illustration that was drawn when cigarettes were still advertised on bill boards or advertising hoardings in Britain.
An extra touch in the illustration is the figure who is walking out of the cartoon to the left. It is a figure who is wheeling a shopping basket in the form of a John Player Special cigarette packet. The hand clutching the basket is a skeleton, because the figure is death.
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Cartoon. Scottish independence. The Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 and the Act of Union, 1707

scottish independence bannockburn cartoon

A cartoon about the campaign for Scottish independence and the proposed referendum.

Cartoon. The Scottish National Party (SNP) are campaigning for Scottish independence, with a referendum on independence is being called for (in Scotland though not in England).

Cartoon showing the possible use by Scottish nationalists of patriotism by invoking the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, which was a crucial battle in Scotland’s struggle for independence from England at the time. Scotland later rejoined England in 1707 following the Act of Union. The union of England and Scotland transformed Scotland’s fortunes, ended Scotland’s marginalization due to its geographical location.
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Cartoon. Independence for Scotland referendum campaign

scottish independence referendum cartoon

A cartoon about the campaign for Scottish independence.

Cartoon. The Scottish National Party (SNP) are campaigning for Scottish independence.
A referendum on independence is being called for.

The cartoon shows the possible reaction of some english people to the referendum, as it is thought by some english people that the Scottish parliament is ungrateful for England’s contribution to Scottish prosperity (with some Scottish nationalists more eager to mention the highland clearances (in which Scottish landowners participated) than the beneficial effects of the union of Scotland and England which ended Scotland’s marginalization due to its geographical location.
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Cartoon. Punctuation mistakes – the grocer’s apostrophe

language cartoon grocers apostrophe

A cartoon about mistakes in punctuation use. The so-called “grocer’s apostrophe” being use in a press article (as proof of the perceived degeneration of grammar in contemporary society)

Cartoon.The cartoon deals with a topic that is discussed in the book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss.

A cartoon about linguistics, language, misuse of grammar, grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes.
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Cartoon. Changing the clocks to double summertime – the advantages & disadvantages

BST-GMT cartoon

A cartoon about the advantages and disadvantages of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and British Summer Time (BST).
A cartoon about the proposal to put the clocks in Britain forward by another hour all year round, and the consequences of doing so.

This would change GMT to BST and the current BST to double summertime.
This system is opposed in parts of Britain, especially Scotland (where it is argued that the mornings would be too dark). The proposed change would generally be an improvement, allowing greater use of the limited daylight in winter.
It occurs to me that any campaign against changing the clocks could use the slogan “Daylight Robbery”.

A cartoon about GMT, BST, British Summer Time, Greenwich Mean Time.
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Football cartoon – football themed bedroom cartoon

Football themed bedroom cartoon

Cartoon showing a person who has a football themed bedroom.

A cartoon based on the saying ‘Eat football, breathe football’ and its variations (such as ‘Eat football, breathe football, life football’)
The joke is that because the person in the cartoon has had a football themed make over in his bedroom, with all of the decor and decorations being football related, be can now ‘Eat football, breathe football and sleep football!’ .

A cartoon about sports fans, football fans, obsession with football, following football.
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Cartoon showing a procession of people following each other in a circle

cartoon following each other in circle

Cartoon showing a procession of people following each other in a circle.

A cartoon that is possibly about lack of leadership and lack of direction within groups, or on a larger social scale possibly about inward looking insular societies, restrictive religious, social or cultural traditions that stifle thought and progress.

A cartoon about leadership, followers, leaders, following like sheep, insularity, conservatism, orthodoxy, narrow mindedness.

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Cartoon about ‘top shelf’ magazines

top shelf magazines about bottoms

A cartoon showing top shelf magazines that specialise in women’s bottoms, with the shelf labelled ‘Bottom Shelf’

Cartoon about ‘adult’ magazines, ‘girlie’ magazines or ‘top shelf’ magazines.

The joke is that adult magazines are often called ‘top shelf’ magazines (because they are on the top shelf to keep them out of the reach of children). The magazines in the cartoon depict women’s bottoms, so the top shelf is labelled ‘bottom shelf’.

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Ronald Searle, one of the twentieth century’s greatest cartoonist, dies

cartoon tribute to Ronald Searle

An obituary cartoon tribute to Ronald Searle, possibly the greatest twentieth century cartoonist and illustrator, who died on 30th December 2011.

An obituary cartoon about the death of Ronald Searle.
Cartoonist Ronald Searle, who died last week, is best known for his creation of St Trinian’s, a school of anarchic schoolgirls. He was however a cartoonist of enormous range, producing powerful editorial cartoons along with illustrations for books and advertising.

His St Trinian’s became something of a curse, as they overshadowed his later, better work.
My cartoon in tribute to Ronald Searle includes one of his St Trinian’s girls, along with a few animals – a horse, a cat and a bird – based on Searle’s later work.

First published in Private Eye magazine, January 2012.

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Dove of peace pooping on armaments

peace dove cartoon - shitting on tank

Dove of peace illustration.

Artwork showing the dove of peace crapping on a military tank.

An anti-war illustration showing a peace dove.
A cartoon related to the peace movement, campaigns against militarism and campaigns against the arms trade.
A possible peace campaign poster.

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