Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cosmetic surgery cartoon, more on "Keep Calm"

"Of course, there's a possibility that you are a swan, but do you want to take that risk?"

This cartoon is in the April issue of Reader's Digest. I referred to one of my kids' nursery rhyme books to get that sad-looking "ugly duckling" right.

The repeated caption, by the way, is for the benefit of those looking at this site on phones, who tell me that sometimes the words on the cartoons are not readable. I may go back and laboriously add all the other ones, when I have a spare couple of days ...

Talking of feedback, thanks to everyone who who emailed asking for a copy of the cartoonists' propaganda poster I posted here a couple of weeks ago, and everyone else who made nice comments about it, online and off.

It was really only intended as a joke, a riff on the original Second World War poster, I never intended it to be a "motivational" poster, as such. But it seems to have touched a nerve, and some people even found it inspiring, it seems.

Particular thanks to the following for linking to it: Jason Chatfield, Tim Harries, Mike Lynch, Chichi Parish, Cathy Simpson, The Surreal McCoy, and my PCO colleague Matt Buck who put it on The Bloghorn.

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  1. i wondered why you repeated the caption. shape of things to come...?
    is there a better show of cartoons in the new issue of rd?

  2. Yes, I think more people are looking at sites on phones and other handheld devices. Once you can get gadgets such as iPhones and Blackberrys on a pay-as-you-go basis, rather than contract, I reckon there will be even more. Might even get one meself.

    There are four cartoons in the new RD (plus the caption competition). It's not great, but it's twice as many as last month!

  3. Carry on drawing the cartoons always make me smile and sometimes I even have to think, a process I find hard. Hope the brighter weather helps you I know I feel better now its not quiet so dull.

  4. Thanks, Don. Sometimes the laugh can be more rewarding after you've had to think a little bit ;-)



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