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Everything about Mr. Topsy-Trump is upside down, or inside out , or back to front. He’s a funny sort of fellow. You ought to see his house, the front door is upside down to start with, and the curtains hang upside down!
New design in my Redbubble store. I had a little break between jobs this week, and this was an idea that I’ve been kicking around for a while. I have ideas for a few more in this series, so let me know what you think.
Here is the Planet Urf Entertainment holiday shopping guide for 2017. Fun stocking-stuffers for the more demented members of your family. Great for keeping your kids off their devices for up to 5 minutes. Or just give up and get them the Kindle editions…
I first became aware of #JonRonson in the early 1990s when he had an early evening show on BBC2 called #TheRonsonReport. Ir was a half-hour documentary show which showcased Ronson’s trademark blend of investigative journalism and humor. It was really great, but it didn’t last very long. Sometime after that, I was at a large event for media students in London that my friend Juliet Coombe was organizing, and it turned out that Ronson was giving the keynote speech. He basically got on stage and ranted on bitterly for 20 minutes about how the people in power would chew us up and suck us dry and spit us out. I guess he wasn’t happy with #JanetStreetPorter for cancelling his show. Anyway, when he was done he stormed out through the middle of the room. He swept right past me, glowering so hard that I couldn’t tell him how much I had enjoyed his show, and his rant.
In his younger days, Ronson was also the keyboardist in the Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, and he was played by Domnall Gleeson in the movie Frank.
I think this cartoon shows him when he’s a bit younger, after I saw him in London, while he was writing “The Men Who Stare At Goats”. But I did him holding a cell phone because he wrote a lot about Twitter and other social media in “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“.
Yes, since winning the English Cilvil War (1642-1651) Oliver Cromwell has indeed been destroying America with his puritans ways. After the war King Charles I was beheaded, and the country was ruled by the Parliament for 12 years, lead by Oliver Cromwell. When he died, he was so unpopular that Charles 2 was brought back from exile in Europe, and England ended up with the monarchy it has today.
The Puritans were the world’s fist minimalists, oblitterating all manner of beautiful, but pagan-seeming, medieval art for the churches, of which only tantalizing glimpses remain. These scenes show last judgements and demons and Devils of all kinds to delight the modern cartoonist.
After Cromwell’s death, everyone was sick of puritans, so they were pretty much hounded out of the country, so they left to set up shop over here in the USA. Well, each to their own, I say, but my general feeling is that puritans don’t like cartoons.