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More comics...recently made.

What with one thing or another, I seem to be on a graphical roll. How good the montages are is not necessary the main game.In a world full of Facebook memes my efforts are players.
My output is registering sometimes...and with practice, I get to skill up.
I house all my graphical business on my punchratbag site...but nowadays the web is where you find it or share it.
So in the main I pump out the stuff from my facebook account. 
For those into arty mode, my technique is changing. Rather than be beholden to PhotoShop 'reality' I'm preferring the effect engendered by the old scissors  cut and paste techniques of the DADAists.
I'm preferring 'masks' to faces. Despite the photographic sources: 2 D to 3D. Parody to 'new'...
And I love the statements -- even if other folk don't  always embrace my POV.
I love 'Aussie Rules' for instance. Too bitter for some, maybe most...and folk objected to 'Baby Throwing: the new national sport' -- when I thought it was absolutely true, and darkly and shockingly funny.
Just click on an image for a slide show.


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Blather Vox Pop : the biological farmer

Alan Broughton is a biological agriculture researcher and organic farming teacher based in Eastern Victoria. He has had extensive experience in farm management and setup both here  in Australia and  overseas.
I had a chance to discuss with him some  of the assumptions  being made about   livestock as climate change drivers  and how a new approach to grazing animals can impact on the sustainable ecology of agriculture. 

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Further Reading
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Some recent graphic political satire

Graphic? Not too many dead bodies I hope. But then the situation does make one bitter. Not much rolling in the ails to be had. I reckon thee game is to grab a thought -- a context -- and try to express it by marrying contradictory elements.
So going down the page: Sumo wrestling, 'Where's Wally?, children's drawings, Black Adder,emigration promotion (ten pound Poms), conference attendance and voting,sleaziness, '80s film comedies(Weekend at Bernie's)...(Click on images to enlarge view.)

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The Lucky Country

It is a tragic irony of Australian existence that a country -- a continent -- the size of Europe can be so much the same shore to shining shore.

Among its 23 million peoples there is seemingly very little difference one person from the other.

We speak the same language. Deploying the same accents. Follow the same sports. Watch the same TV channels.

We are Rupert Murdoch’s  play things. Hell -- he’s one of ours.Local boy makes good.

The most monopolized media networks in the western world make sure that the political debate doesn’t drift too far to the left.. We may have a national broadcaster -- modeled on the BBC -- but that too is very much under threat today.

In this mix is the long standing national expectation that this is  indeed ‘the lucky country’.  

Aside from a comparatively buoyant economy sustained by the boom in mining and mineral prices, we have not known civil war, famine, political cataclysm, invasion or relentlessly bad cricket scores. 
(Duration: 5:51 — 9.8 MB)

Stuck in the South Pacific -- a first world country surrounded by various foreign lands we seem blessed. Despite the turmoils to the north over the years, the  mass slaughter of at least half a million  communists next door in Indonesia in 65/66, the Vietnam War savagery, the long term genocide of the people of East Timor…Australia could go about its capitalistic business as though its marooned in fairyland.

The wee scattering of islands to the east in the South Pacific may be sinking under rising climate-change driven seas but all we see on our shoreline are sandy beaches and an excuse for a suntan.

This sense of containment  has been fueled for over 200 years by the overbearing dominance of Anglo Celtic peeps as the root stock of the country’s existence. The keen attempt to wipe out the indigenous population may not have worked as it was intended   but for most of its existence the country has had a White Australia policy.

Supposedly ‘we’ know who we are. As the Labor Party immigration minister quipped in the 40s, “Two Wongs don’t make a white’.

This sameness  is sustained by xenophobia. Fear of the ‘Yellow Peril’ was utilized as a backbone of Australia’s foreign policy for decades. The nation ignored Asia and preferred to mix it with 'ole Blighty. If anything Asia was seen as a series of land masses that only served as potential stepping stones for godless communism.The domino effect dominated national consciousness.

To defend the land from the occupation of the REDS -- Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian  or Malay -- Australia  made a pact with the United States and the ongoing alliance has ensured that there is hardly a bang up shooting  war worth fighting that Australian hasn’t got a hand in.

Our government cheer-squaded any and every US invasion. It garages its bases. And defers to its foreign policy interests.

When the country sought to top up its population in the post war years  it begrudgingly allowed non English speaking Europeans into the place and later engineered the demographics under cover of the nationalist ideology of multiculturalism. And lo! folk started migrating here from all over.  This shift  didn't have anything to do with opening up the country to ‘huddled masses yearning to be free’ but it was a gesture to those markets --like Asia, the local bourgeoisie sought to draw their profits from.

Walking through the Central Business District of any Australian state capital today you’d think the place was some melting pot of all the world's peoples. In the street would be people of Chinese, Arab, Slavic, Maori, Italian...or whatever descent. You’d presume that fortress Australia -- the chronic isolationism of the country -- had been drowned in  a melting pot of mixed ethnicity.

You’d be very much mistaken.

Australia is much more racist today than it has been for over 50 years. A conscious tag team exercise, sponsored by both the country’s Labor Party and the local Tories, has bought back a xenophobia  under sponsorship of the War on Terror. 

And in an irony of political manipulation there is a new push to base the national identity on its Anglo Celtic past rather than its ‘multicultural’ present.

Indeed if you were wondering what ever happened to the old South Africa with its apartheid habits and sharply divisive racism -- I tell you: it crossed the Indian Ocean and now resides in Australia.

This country may not have a  crudely xenophobic racist outfit like UKIP rising in the polls. We don’t need it. The duopoly of the two main political parties -- the ALP and the LNP -- are doing a fine job of racist bashing  and blaming by themselves.

If you check out Australia's standing on human rights -- according to the United Nations --  in the way the country incarcerates  asylum seekers,   manufacturers and treats ‘terror suspects’, or suppresses the aboriginal population -- we’re up there among some of the most autocratic countries on the planet.  
 Way to go Australia: Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!.
We’re not just good at sport, making Kylie Minogues or servicing Dame Edna Everidge with anecdotes...Australia has engineered a very nasty attack on civil liberties at a time when the true depth of austerity and economic downturn has not hit. 

How smart is that? We have a boss class that thinks ahead. 

How lucky can any one country be?
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Recent political cartoons about Messrs Abbott and ALP

To enlarge just click on the image to partake of its message in greater detail.
As it turns out, 'Heroes of Bi-partisanship' may be my most popular political comic so far. It seems pretty sharp and savage and I like that edge immensely. Often  my  cunical take is lost of many people and they miss the 'joke'. I suspect hardly any one got 'No way'.  I guess seeing the consequences of 'Sovereign Borders' through its own obscene POV  and spin didn't register. Check out the archive HERE.

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Some recent cartoons:Abbott, Queensland elections

What with the Abbott shenanigans and the fall of the LNP from government in  Queensland  the political universe has been  kind to satire.

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For my money --since I'm the only one paying -- both my technique and my confidence is improving. I reckon 'We had such big plans ...' is one of the best synthesis I'm assembled. Check out the archive HERE.

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The ready conflation of 'freedom of speech' fillip with free-for-all racism

Most satirical cartoonists I follow tend not to agree with Joe Sacco's take on CH. 

But I do.

The ready conflation of 'freedom of speech' fillip with free-for-all racism seems to have missed their perspective, at least within the black and white constraints of comic making.
But Sacco attempts to express the complexity of the context and reflect that back on the responsibilities of satirists.

At issue ultimately is calling out CH for what it is and for what it does. That's not the same as advocating that satire be censored. 

Unfortunately the whole 'Je suis Charlie' thing will transit a pandemic of public Islamophobia under guise of 'freedom of speech' and the most racist dog in any land will be celebrated for their courage and POV.

Under cover of 'satire' -- more public racism against Moslems, more excuses for rolling back civil liberties and a festering rationale for either killing more of 'them' offshore and xenophobia.

"Freedom of speech" historically is supposedly about empowerment and democracy -- enabling the oppressed and brutalised to articulate their protest. 

So how does that stack up with the current fall out?

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We'd rather fight Climate Change

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We'll spend $29.3 billion on defence this year -- at least 1.6 % of the GDP -- but since 2003 the Commonwealth has spent just $8 billion on emergency relief, with only $115 million since 2009 going to mitigation measures.
 This is Australia after all... in the stranglehold of Climate Change. 
So is this perverted or what?
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