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.
Anyway, I was most gratified when I learned some years later that he was the writer behind the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was based on his book of the same name. Since then he’s written a series of books exploring the frontiers of our society. He’s always looking into cults and strange belief systems, and just the stranger workings of our human world. His other books include: “The Psychopath Test“, “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“, and “Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries“, “Them: Adventures with Extremists“. All are essential reading.
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.
Watch out, this one’s a grabber!
It was my son’s 14th birthday this week, this picture looks nothing like him. We came up with “Thamuel” as I was doodling with him, earlier this year. Ha ha, well I realize this makes me look like a pretty evil dad, but honestly, I have done lots of really nice drawings of him over the years… He was definitely the one pushing this direction, but OK I was seriously enabling!! :}
Anyway this is my final rendering of the character. I had meant to do it months ago, but it didn’t seem to quite work with all the digital inking I had been doing, which was just too clean. Thanks again Inktober! We even wrote a couple of quite funny strips, which I might post one day.
Can you tell which game he is playing?!?
Another day, another troublemaker from my Inktober series of “The People Who Are Destroying America”. This time it’s that loveable little scamp, J. J. Abrams, who is having lots of fun playing with all the best toys. He promises to look after them, and that they were like that when he found them.
Today’s Inktober sketch. As you can guess by now, some of these are more ironic than others. I totally love Conan.. Getting the feel of the inking more in this one. I’m doing these in ink on Bristol board, after a period of digital-only inking. Thank you, Inktober! And Happy Birthday, Sam!
This weekend I will exhibiting at the San Francisco Comic Con. It’s in a dungeon under the downtown Marriot, and Emperor Palpatine is presiding.
I will be located in the farthest, most distant corner. If you can find me, you win a hot cartoon sketch in the latest Urf Style.
Show details here: http://www.sanfrancomiccon.com
May the God of the Blue Sky forgive us and preserve us from urfquakes and zombie hordes.
Some new designs available as stickers, t-shirts, kids clothes, iPhone cases etc. in my RedBubble store: http://www.redbubble.com/people/mrchuckles