Monday, 11 January 2010

More upside down cartoons

Just found out another one of my cartoons has appeared in the Australian version of The Spectator. It's nice to know that my scribblings are travelling to the colonies, but it's a bit much to think that while the gentlemen in this gag are enjoying what I suspect to be gorgeous sunny antipodean weather, muggins who drew them is still shivering in arctic conditions.

I should point out to those not in the UK that we're experiencing an unusually harsh cold snap at the moment. If you live somewhere like Canada this would probably be a light dusting of snow for you, but over here it's caused scenes straight out of your average post apocalyptic disaster movie. When the snow hit, all 8 inches of it, streets were devoid of people and cars- if you ventured out with tennis racquets tied to your feet you would find yourself in a whiteout world of silence and stillness. Around each corner you’d expect to see zombies shuffling about- with vacant dead eyed expressions, slack jawed drool soaked chins, and muttering 'brains...brains...' To be honest though, this happens in my town most Saturday nights, so it wouldn't be that much of a change.

Anyway- here's the gag.

You would think that the expression ‘rats with wings’, maligning the feral pigeon, has been around forever, but hours of research (2 minutes on google) seem to point to it being made up by Woody Allen, in the screenplay for his film ‘Stardust Memories’ from 1980. Must be true- t’internet says so.

If I'd drawn this gag years ago no doubt the sign on the gate would be something like 'Genetic Engineering lab', but I thought I'd bring it up to date with the Stem Cell thing- I have no idea about Stem Cell research, so for all I know this might not make any sense at all, but at least the cartoon editor liked it!

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