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Lord Quango: Great comic penguin or greatest comic penguin?
posted by Burritos Inc. at 10:13 AM on May 25, 2011


My first exposure to his work was his illustrations for Gullible's Travels by Billy Connolly. Awesome work then and awesome work now.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 10:31 AM on May 25, 2011


Meh. Nice to have newspaper cartoonists that are actually funny and sometimes insightful on this side of the Pond.
posted by ocschwar at 10:44 AM on May 25, 2011


His "Not waving, not drowning..." is my all-time favorite political cartoon.
posted by Jehan at 10:46 AM on May 25, 2011


Steve Bell is brutally funny, but Martin Rowson is brutally honest.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:47 AM on May 25, 2011


Ouanqueres! Ouanqueres!
posted by TheophileEscargot at 11:12 AM on May 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


*cough*
posted by adamvasco at 11:12 AM on May 25, 2011


I only like political cartoons that fit my pre-established world view.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:07 PM on May 25, 2011


The victims pay tribute are all a little too respectful, no? Prescott's the only one who seems genuinely annoyed by his portrayal, but even he is politician enough to dress his distaste in generous praise.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 1:21 PM on May 25, 2011


Steve Bell is a national treasure; I've been a fan since, um, 1981 or thereabouts ...
posted by cstross at 1:40 PM on May 25, 2011


The victims pay tribute are all a little too respectful, no?

Well, this is England, home of the back-handed compliment.
posted by acb at 2:03 PM on May 25, 2011


"I only like political cartoons that fit my pre-established world view."

That's why he's published to such acclaim in the Grauniad.
posted by joannemullen at 4:06 PM on May 25, 2011


Love him - I'm 34, and remember laughing at the silly penguins as a little kid, and getting my parents to explain the jokes when I was 6 or 7. I hadn't really thought about it before, but he's probably had more of an influence on my politics and sense of humour than any other artist.

Re: respectful victims - it seems to be quite a tradition in political circles here to collect originals of cartoons, even if they're viciously skewering the collector. Though I rather doubt Thatcher or Blair have any Bells hanging in the loo.
posted by jack_mo at 7:25 PM on May 25, 2011


The victims pay tribute are all a little too respectful, no?

There's the idea of being a good sport too. Or at least being seen to be.

And it is kinda traditional for politicians to collect cartoons of themselves. In Number 10 there's a line of portraits of all the Prime Ministers - in recent years these have become cartoons selected by the various PMs

Thought this kind of thing can backfire. Back in the day the makers of Spitting Image heard that Kenneth Baker was very keen to get hold of his spitting image puppet (he was a more than avid collector of political cartoons in general)... so they re-made him as obnoxious and ugly as possible (turning him into a slug)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:49 AM on May 26, 2011


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