First Dog on the Moon on Palestine

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Not as controversial as Michael Leunig’s Palestine cartoon but it still points the finger at the criminal Israeli regime. Australian cartoonist Andrew Marlton publishes his work on the Guardian Australia website using the First Dog on the Moon pseudonym. In the cartoon below he mocks the ridiculous warnings that Israel says it gives to Palestinians before they blow their family homes to pieces. My only issue with the cartoon is the use of the word ‘war’ as there’s no war going on, it’s genocide and Israel should be punished for her crimes.Continue Reading

Cartoonist Michael Leunig on Palestine

cartoon on genocide of israel

Most of my social media friends are artists. Many are politically active and the smallest human rights violation anywhere in the world will see my social media news feeds quickly fill up with their pleas and protests. But when the insane Israeli regime dramatically increases the speed of their ethnic cleansing in Palestine, where children are savagely slaughtered day after day, my protesting friends go silent! The very few that I have seen speak up are quickly bombarded with all kinds of ludicrous accusations, so they learn not to say anything about the matter again. Thankfully, there are still a few great people left on this mad planet that continue to speak for the truth, that continue to hold onto their humanity and shine a light on the inhumane monsters who walk among us. Michael Leunig is one such artist who is not afraid to lock horns with the beast that is Israel.Continue Reading

911 Art

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We never did get a Guernica equivalent for the September 11 attacks. Maybe because we don’t have a Picasso, perhaps because painting just doesn’t matter as much, or possibly because the images themselves are powerful enough. Cartoonists and sculptors did some really good 9/11 art, but painters, not so much. Continue Reading

Cartoonist David Rowe at the Hughes Gallery

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Editorial cartoonist for the Australian Financial Review, David Rowe is now showing at the Hughes Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney. Rowe’s Labor Years is a look at the madness that is politics, with a focus on the Australian left. The only things good about politics are the political cartoons and David Rowe is one of Australia’s best, if not the best.Continue Reading

Innocent Spam – Funny Cartoons

I probably get more spam than most people as I have a few different websites, all with their own email addresses. So every time I click Send & Receive I get another 10 spam emails in my junk folder. A full day will see my junk email folder fill with more than 500 spam emails and more than 1000 if the spammers have extra bills to pay. I sometimes get really bothered by them and wish really bad things upon the senders (REALLY bad things), but the only person that my cursing and screaming affects is me. So I just accept spam as being a part of the internet, just like traffic is a part of big cities; you can kick and scream all you want, but it won’t get you out of the traffic jam any quicker.Continue Reading

Plot to Kill Muhammad Cartoonist

Denmark’s intelligence agency have arrested three people that were planning to kill one of the cartoonists of the controversial prophet Muhammad cartoon published in the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper. 72 year old cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and his 66 year old wife Gitte Westergaard have been under police protection for the past few months.

Two of the suspects held are Tunisians and the third is a Moroccan Dane.Continue Reading

Museum Plans to Buy Muhammad Cartoons

The Art Newspaper has reported that the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art in Copenhagen is currently in talks to acquire the 12 controversial Muhammad cartoons that caused probably the largest and most insane reaction to a cartoon that I have ever seen. More than one hundred people were killed in protests around the world (according to wikipedia).

After seeing the reaction that the cartoons have already created, I think the Danish museum would be putting the public at risk if they were to buy them. Security would have to be tighter than any airport in the world as they are taunting a lot of angry bulls with a giant red rag. By having the Muhammad cartoons in one place they are making themselves a big fat target.Continue Reading

Michael Leunig Interview

The quirky Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig was recently interviewed on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope program.

He’s famous for cute little people with big noses, ducks, teapots, and for creating the odd controversy or two. His poetic little cartoons have provoked enough people to receive a steady stream of hate-mail and death threats.Continue Reading

Anti-Abortion Cartoon Auction

This cartoon (to the left) has been posted on quite a few blogs recently, and has now been put up for auction on E-Bay. The highest bidder is currently $1,725 USD and it still has about two and half days left.
It’s a 9.5”x3” original cartoon by Stephanie McMillan on a piece of printer paper, drawn with Micron and Faber-Castell Pitt pens, and has a little liquid paper used on it too. So even if the artist was quite famous, it would still be a very good price for a small black and white cartoon.
But it’s no ordinary cartoon. Here’s why I think the price will keep going up over the next couple days on Ebay.Continue Reading

Freedom of Expression

I know that the Muslim cartoon controversy seems to have settled down and everyone is probably tired of hearing about it in the news, but I came across an interesting article in a Turkish newspaper by the Professor of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, Zeki Saritoprak.
Muslims, Cartoons and Freedom of Expression
“Islam has a great respect for freedom of expression and free society, although it always regarded freedom as limited by the freedom of others. An absolute freedom is only found in the jungles among animals. We don’t live in a jungle.. we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious society and freedom of others includes a respect for the faith, tradition, property, and personal dignity of people.”Continue Reading