The cartoon shows Galileo describing the discoveries that he has made about astronomy using his telescope to the pope.
Original version: 1996
This version: Sept 2020
Cartoon reference number: rel014b
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).
Cartoon reference number: a755
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).
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.
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
Cartoon about a coffee break during an Apollo moon mission
An Apollo astronaut and a woman with a coffee trolley.
The scene is a mock up of the lunar surface for an Apollo training exercise. Or is it?
A cartoon about NASA and the US space program
Cartoon reference number: a355
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.
Cartoon reference number: a354
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.
Cartoon reference number: a353
The first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, dies
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.
Cartoon reference number: a350
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).
Cartoon reference number: a322
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
Some of the cartoons deal with the moon scientifically, while others deal with it mythologically or spiritually (or pseudospiritually).
A cartoon about aspiration, achievement and happiness.
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.”
The cartoon is suggesting that it might be a good idea to set your sights on something higher than you expect to achieve in order to achieve the lesser goal. The important thing is not to be disappointed when you don’t achieve that higher goal.
A cartoon about aspiration, drive, ambition, foresight, optimism.
Cartoon drawn: 2011
Cartoon reference number: mon810
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.
Cartoon reference number: mon910
Galileo discussing the discoveries he made through 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, anti-science, suppression of knowledge, fundamentalism, religion, doctrine, the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo Galilei, pope Urban VIII.
Original version drawn: 1996
Cartoon reference: rel014
A cartoon from my selection of moon cartoons
The moon as a kite – with stars as the kite’s tail
A man flying a kite
An illustration that would make a very nice greetings card
Cartoon reference number: mon013