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.
Cartoon reference number: a284
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.
Cartoon reference number: a255
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.
Cartoon reference number: a192
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)
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.
Cartoon reference number: a061
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.
Cartoon reference number: a059
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’.
Cartoon reference number: a048
Cartoon illustration. How tanks got their name
Cartoon How did tanks get their name?
This cartoon would make a suitable illustration for a children’s educational book.
Why armoured vehicles are called “tanks”.
The tank was developed by the British during World War I.
In order to conceal their purpose during their development the armoured vehicles were called tanks because they resembled water tanks.
In my illustration the tank is being used as a watering can because of its association with water tanks.
Cartoon reference number: a036
Illustration about the interpretation of statistics and the importance of context.
Cartoon showing a person studying statistics through a telescope (which is visually funnier than a cartoon showing a person studying statistics under a microscope).
Cartoon showing a person studying statistics. He is studying them so closely that he has lost sight of the surrounding context.
The principle behind the cartoon (studying things so closely that context is lost or ignored) is applicable to the study of other areas of research, and applies to politics, economics, social sciences – in fact just about everything.
Original version drawn: 2011
Cartoon reference number: sta131
Egyptian tomb robbers cartoon
Egyptian tomb robbers plundering the tomb of a pharaoh – and being pursued by the police.
The tomb thieves are being pursued by police in a bizarre version of a car chase. The ‘vehicles’ in the cartoon move using the system of rollers that was thought to have been used to transport the stone during the construction of the pyramids
A cartoon about cops and robbers, car chases, treasure hunters, plundering ancient treasures
Georgian fashion cartoon.
A woman wearing a bustle.
The bustle was fashionable in the second half of the 19th century in the Georgian era. It was a type of framework beneath a dress which was used to make the fabric stand away from the body in a bulge, creating the effect of a large posterior.
When this cartoon was drawn (2011), large posteriors were deeply unfashionable, as exemplified by the then current comic phrase “Does my bum look big in this?”
A cartoon about fashion, body shape, aesthetics, cultural aspects of beauty.
Cartoon reference number: bus31
Desert island cartoon
Two recently deceased people are sitting on a cloud in heaven, in the cliche cartoon setting for heaven
The cloud has got a palm tree growing on it, in the traditional cliched desert island cartoon style.
One of the two people on the cloud is saying “I’d hoped that after the shipwreck we’d have been washed up on a desert island rather than drowned as sea.”
The joke is that the cloud is just like a desert island
Charity mugger cartoon
Charity collector trying to peruade a passer-by to stop. Rather than saying “Not now” the passer-by is wearing a t-shirt with the message “Not now” printed on it.
A cartoon about charity fund raising methods
The cartoon is available with the word Chugger on the vest rather than Charity mugger
Cartoon about overachievement
Illustration about hubris
A balloon rising dangerously into the air with a person hanging on to it – as a symbol or metaphor for overachievement or over-reaching.
The balloon in the illustration is a symbol of ambition or achievement. The meaning of the illustration is that to be over-ambitious or over-achieving can have unfortunate consequences
A cartoon about hubris, unforeseen consequences, icarus, pride comes before a fall, onwards and upwards.
The cartoon can be applied to business enterprises that over-reach their natural limits or to management styles that push people further than is advisable.
Hubris is defined as an overestimation of a person’s competence or capabilities, especially when the person is in a position of power. Technological or scientific hubris is the state of assuming that technology and scientific progress will afford us all of the answers to our problems (including those that have been brought about by the application of science and technology). The concept of scientific hubris is often over-used as a criticism of science and scientific developments
Fairy tale cartoon
A reinterpretation of the princess and the pea
A cartoon showing the fairy tale of the princess and the pea.
In this cartoon the prince who is a suitor of the princess is being warned that because the princess is so sensitive that she feels the presence of the pea (and is complaining about the presence of the pea) he should maybe reconsider his interest in her, as she is obviously going to be very demanding
A cartoon about Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, oversensitivity, prima donnas, spoilt children, cultural stereotypes, gender stereotyping
Cartoon – searching for happiness
The pursuit of happiness cartoon
A cartoon showing a person walking along a road in a quest to seek happiness. He is asking a person who lives alongside the road if he will find happiness and fulfilment along this route, as that is what he is seeking.
The local man says that he thinks that the traveller has passed the place he is looking for back along the route he has already taken (without noticing it)
A cartoon about expectations, contentment, never being happy, happiness always just out of reach, seekers after meaning, the meaning of life, grass is greener on the other side of the hill
Cartoon reference number: hap25
Meat eating partners of vegetarians cartoon
The cartoon shows an gathering of people who’s partners are vegetarians and vegans, but who are not vegetarian or vegan themselves, and who thus crave meat (which they either aren’t allowed to, or don’t like to, eat in the presence of their partners)
A cartoon about the way that people modify their behaviour in the presence of other people, especially to accommodate the other people’s social, ethical and cultural principles or mores.
A cartoon about food, ethics, meat eating, carnivorous or omnivorous diets, annual dinners, support groups, support networks
Old age cartoon
The cartoon shows an old woman walking slowly towards a seat in a park.
It then shows a youth walking pasrt her quickly and sitting in the seat that she was heading for. The final frame shows the youth lying stabbed by the old woman’s walking stick – a punishment for his lack of consideration, selfishness and assumption of self-entitlement.
The final frame of the cartoon overturns the roles played by people in the previous frames (That’s the joke – I’m obviously not advocating that old people resort to acts of violence)
A cartoon about power, dominance hierarchies, male dominance, age discrimination, youth culture, violence, aggression, retribution, justice, respect, law and order, stereotypes, manners
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
Stonehenge cartoon strip
How Stonehenge was built
A cartoon strip explaining how the ‘bluestones’ of Stonehenge were transported the 180 miles from Wales
The standard orthodox view is that the Stonehenge bluestones were dragged overland and carried by raft from the Preseli hills of South Wales all the way to Stonehenge in Wiltshire. This would have been a super-human task, given the terrain. It would also have been a supremely pointless task, and no amount of romanticisation of the people’s purposes can really make such a task justifiable.
An alternative theory to how the bluestones reached Stonehenge is that they were carried there by a glacier and deposited nearby. Rocks deposited in this way are known as glacial erratics.
A cartoon about prehistoric monuments, stone circles, megaliths