Thursday, April 30, 2009

Evolution cartoon: The missing link

"Let's all do the Conga, let's all do the Conga, la-la-la-la ..."

Three out of the four cartoons I submitted for exhibition at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival can be seen in the Boffination show (which is at the Bear Steps Gallery until May 9) but this is the one that got away.

I always knew this one would have an outside chance, because with the theme being Darwin-inspired they were bound to get lots of "Ascent of Man" cartoons. And they did. But once I had the idea of them do-do-doing the Conga, I just had to draw it up. Makes me chuckle, anyway.

Talking of Shrewsbury (as have been doing quite a lot on this blog lately, don't worry it'll stop soon) I was alerted today to the fact that the BBC picked one of my Boffination cartoons to illustrate an article on the festival. Excerpt below.

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  1. kudos on the bbc thing!
    i don't think i saw a single ascent of man gag the whole festival! they must have made a conscious decision not to include any i reckon. or did i just miss 'em?
    mine got left out of the exhibitions too, even though it was probably the best one i submitted, and was published in the eye.

  2. There were a few Ascent of Man ones at Bear Steps, only two or three though. I think you're right that they didn't want too many of them.

    Was your Ascent of Man the mobile phone one? That's a cracking gag! An odd one to leave out.

  3. It's brilliant, Royst - On! Here's MY rejected one! (I only submitted two.)

  4. Thanks, Simon. Not sure about brilliant ... it's a bit of a throwaway gag. It occurs to me now that it might work better with party hats and streamers etc. Hmm, maybe.

  5. You're right 'brilliant' is an overused superlative used by tired old tabloid hacks. Looking at the drawing again, the addition of party paraphernalia would certainly ram the joke home. However there seems to be something pornographic going on between ape No.2 and Ape No.3 (from the left). I would have thought that someone who was so sensitive about the possible rude connotations of certain acronyms for forthcoming festivals might have avoided depicting such a display of manual affection in a cartoon!

  6. You sir, have a filthy mind, there is no Homo Erectus in this cartoon. Ape No.2 has no option but to have his hands lower down as he hasn't evolved yet. I utterly refute the suggestion that he is in anyway pleasuring his descendant.

    Having said that, maybe that's why it was rejected for a family exhibition (though the Tony Husband cartoon with the words "F**K OFF" in huge letters made it through). If I ever do redraw it with party hats, I may move those hands ...

    Re. the rude connotations of LICfest, I think it's a great name after all. It kinda lingers in the mind.

  7. AnonymousMay 01, 2009

    yes that's right, the mobile phone one (ta for the kind compliment)

  8. Thank you Royst! Finally, some sanity in the asylum.

  9. Sanity? Did you not get my LICfest double entendre? Damn, I knew I should have followed it with a wink ;-)



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