Woman cartoonist BlueLou introduces herself

This video from Britain says about itself:

29 November 2013

An appeal on behalf of BlueLou for the upcoming 2013 vote for Political Cartoon of the Year.

By BlueLou in Britain:

A woman who’s quick on the draw

Wednesday 24th December 2014

The Star’s award-nominated BlueLou is the only woman cartoonist for any daily national paper. Here she tells how she entered this male-dominated career

I come from a working-class Northern Irish background.

Growing up, my mother used to let me stay up and watch Question Time if there were significant guests and a good debate in the offing.

My father read Private Eye and got a bootleg cassette of the Life of Brian for us kids when it was still banned there.

There was a stack of 2000 ADs that I inherited from my older brothers and I continued to buy it right up till comics such as Watchmen and Spiral Path by Al Davison turned up on to the comic scene in the early ’90s.

I went on to get a fine art degree, but my cartooning was like some dirty secret I kept to myself during that time.

My fine art was apparently too cartoony, too political and used humour, all of which were not fashionable in art college at the time.

After graduating I started to get back into cartooning and managed to maintain my art practice even when I found myself a young single mother in St Pauls in Bristol in the late ’90s.

I built an art shelf in my sitting room, where I kept my equipment and practised drawing standing up with a toddler climbing up my leg.

I got together with some other single mum artists to do babysitting cover for each other so we could work.

This grew into funding for a nursery and supported drawing classes and allowed one of the others to return to college.

I was finding more and more that my fine art work was starting to hybridise with the cartooning and I continued to self-publish.

I had a short-lived job turning on the tape machine at a Crown Court, and learned about the court artists’ methods of drawing from memory.

It is illegal to draw in Crown Courts as well as the House of Commons. The artists sit and observe then run to a special room to draw.

I found it a useful method to attempt when stalking MPs and I’ve drawn in riot conditions, such as local BNP marches.

I’ve also worked with teenagers who had dropped out of school to do “stealth teaching” using cartooning with computer programmes such as Photoshop, and I’ve worked as a play worker — mostly during this time stealing all the best ideas from the kids.

I then entered a competition for a political cartoonist exchange to South Africa. Our mentors were Steve Bell and South African cartoonist Zapiro.

I was picked by the South African Mail and Guardian to be published and was asked back to open the exhibition in Johannesburg.

When my second child was still under a year old, I got a call to have a go on the Guardian Showcase covering for Steve Bell and Martin Rowson during the August holidays.

I lived on a boat at the time and when practising for the showcase I often had a baby strapped to my back, standing up drawing in a very small area.

My first cartoon for the Guardian was done with a bag of frozen peas down my bra as I was still breast-feeding.

I’ve been contributing to the Morning Star for about 18 months now and one of my Star cartoons recently came third in the public vote for Political Cartoon of the Year.

There are no matching socks in my house unless my mother comes to stay.

Santa Claus and Ferguson, Mark Fiore animation

This video from the USA says about itself:

Driving While Brown … and Furry

22 December 2014

Happy holidays, from Truthdig.com. This year our seasonal animation by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Fiore in inspired by one of the year’s biggest stories: Ferguson and the militarization of police.

Bumblebee Christmas video

This video about a North American bumblebee species says about itself:

18 December 2014

This video shows bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) enjoying holiday pollen, and singing about the holiday foods they pollinate. Enjoy!

Dick Cheney and torture, new Mark Fiore video

This animation video from Mark Fiore in the USA says about itself:

Cheney’s Torture Anthem

15 December 2014

Even though Dick Cheney isn’t the only one responsible for the stain of torture on the United States, he’s the most, shall we say, colorful? If you think the awfulness of Bush-era torture is behind us, think again. Thanks to the just-released Senate torture report, we now know of all kinds of new and awful ways the CIA and Bush Administration screwed up the hunt for Al Qaeda and disgraced this nation.

3,000 followers at this blog, welcome Organic Soup!

Blogging cartoon

Today, the number of subscribers to Dear Kitty. Some blog passed the 3,000 milestone.

Welcome everyone; including #3000, the blog Organic Soup, Zoological gobbledygook (about animals).

When I had to move my blog to WordPress in December 2011, I could never imagine so many bloggers would be interested.