Friday, November 28, 2008

Return of the penguin and polar bear cartoon

I have blogged here before about my cartoon that went to the South Pole with South African National Antarctic Expedition. Well now the penguin and polar bear cartoon is being used on a T-shirt by the Bipolar Expedition, above, an Australian project which raises funds to find better ways to manage and diagnose bipolar disorder.

As the cartoon, which was first published in Reader's Digest two Christmases ago, has proved to be one of my most popular, I also used it when I got some business cards made last year.

Inevitably, though, it's one of those cartoons that some people just don't get. I used it on some Christmas cards two years ago and a friend told me that the conversation with his wife went something like this:

Friend: Ha, check out Royston's card!
Wife: Oh, yeah. A-ha-ha-ha.
Friend: You don't get it, do you?
Wife: No.

Well, you can't win 'em all.

Royston's portfolio website


  1. That's a great cartoon! I think the people who don't get it are the same ones who think dinosaurs co-existed with humans.

  2. Thanks, Benita. The trouble is, many of the people who think dinosaurs co-existed with humans are cartoonists!

  3. It's a brilliant cartoon Royston, one of those no matter how many times I've seen it, it still makes me smile. Glad it's having such longevity for you.

  4. Thanks, guys. It certainly has had longevity, and yet I remember that when I sent it out I had zero expectations for it! I think I thought it had probably been done. But you never know which ones are going to prove popular.

  5. Is the zero expectations a pun or you really didn't expect it to work? I cant show it to my wife she really wont get it .I have just found your blog so a quick deco before bed cheers Don

  6. Don, it was just that I didn't think it was a particularly great cartoon. But now that everyone tells me it is I believe them, of course ;-)

  7. That's a nice cartoon. It's simple. Doesn't look too bad on the T-shirt too.

  8. Thanks, Parka. I suppose simplicity is the key. I once decided I would go for simplicity in all my cartoons, then the next idea I came up with involved me drawing a hugely complicated Bond supervillain's lair! It didn't sell either ...



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