Stanley Awards in Newcastle.
You know that saying, "never meet your heroes"? Well it must depend on who your heroes are, cause EVERYONE there was great to meet. I got to spend long hours talking with people whom I've admired for years - like David Pope (who won Cartoonist of the Year and also traded some original art with me!), David Rowe and Anton Emdin.
And so, I came back home with a fire to improve my own work. And this cartoon is the result. It took me all day. And I had to use copious amounts of white-out to correct and re-correct Julie Bishop's face. It almost looked like a relief sculpture once I was finished!
I also found out that a letter of complaint was published in the Mercury about my Forestry Peace Deal cartoon! What were they complaining about? They were offended that I used only an "F" and various punctuation symbols/dingbats to disguise an otherwise distasteful adjective and therefore wasn't oblique enough with the word I was referencing.
To that person, I would like to say, "F#@K YOU and the demographics you wrote in on."
Posted by Christopher Downes at 2:32 pm