Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Propaganda poster for cartoonists


The Keep Calm and Carry On World War Two propaganda poster is proving to be a big hit, as a result of the economic downturn, according to the Guardian. So here's my version for cartoonists (above, click to enlarge).

It's not hard to see why people love the 1939 government poster, they're embracing the "Blitz spirit", refusing to let the credit crunch get them down. Here's the original:


But, as a cartoonist friend said to me recently, "Your whole life's a credit crunch when you're a cartoonist!" Like many self-employed people, cartoonists do find it tough-going sometimes, recession or no recession. You may not be selling enough gags, maybe not getting enough commissioned work ... it can get tough.

All you can do is keep calm and carry on, as the poster says, and hope that something turns up. It usually does. So in that spirit, I created my own version of that poster for all you cartoonists out there.

If you would like a non-watermarked version of my poster for your own use, contact me and let me know. You can put it on your blog or print it off and stick it on your wall ... stiff upper lip chaps and chapesses, noses to the drawing boards, we'll get through it!

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14 comments:

  1. Thanks Jason, good to hear from you.

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  2. Found you via Mike Lynch. I LOVE it! You may have stumbled upon your own way out of the recession: this would make a great t-shirt. I could see a whole line: for gamers: "Keep Calm and Carry On Killing Aliens", for retirees: "Keep Calm and Carry On Mall Walking", for politicians: "Shut Up and Sit Down!" (Um, that last one is a variation, but you get my meaning) ;^)

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  3. Hi Leif, actually that kind of thing is already happening over here, with people doing posters saying "Keep Calm and Rock On", "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake" etc. I didn't start the trend, I just did a much-needed version for cartoonists ;-)

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  4. Chichi ParishMarch 19, 2009

    May I have a copy of your excellent booster poster.

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  5. You certainly can, Chichi. I've just emailed it to you. Keep fighting the good fight ;-)

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  6. NOTE: I deleted this comment by Moleitau thinking it was spam. In fact, it's a link to another version of the poster. Sorry, Moleitau!

    via 43 folders by moleitau: Get Excited and Make Things!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackbeltjones/3365682994/

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  7. Yep - great to see something uplifting in the midst of all the doom and gloom! And actually it shouldn't just be cartoonists who carry on drawing ...

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  8. Like it! Motivational posters are the way to go ... I shall produce one now and get back to you!

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  9. Thanks Cathy. Yes, I agree, drawing's good for everyone. I was originally going to put "Cartoonists! Keep Calm ...etc", but I decided against it.

    Tim, I look forward to seeing it!

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  10. Huzzah! Mine is posted on my blog. I went a bit 'off message' with it I have to admit...

    My version

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  11. True, but that's a good message too ;-)

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  12. Can I have a copy of your poster too Ta

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  13. OK Angie, but you'll need to contact me by email (address on blog) so I can get your email address to send it to.

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