Last Week on (November 29 – December 5, 2010)


Kifah Al Reefi grew up in Iraq and now resides in Amsterdam. He uses very simple color gradients for his cartoons that would seem a bit dated if they didn’t work so well (look at these two, for example). So far, his cartoons mostly deal with the big topics – war, peace, freedom and terrorism. I liked the symmetry of this one, the hypnotic cross-hatching in this one, and the overall design and sickish green background of this one.

Massachusetts-based Jeremy Billadeau works in a field of cartooning  hardly found on His “Skipper”, although technically a webcomic, is actually a classic American newspaper strip. The stories about the be-hatted title character  and his friends (a rat and a squirrel) come in different formats: single or three-panel cartoons for weekdays, a larger format for Sundays. One of the Sunday strips has a nice shout-out to Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. I think this is an interesting format and I would be glad if more “newspaper strip artists” would present their work on

Cartoons of Interest

One of several cartoons on last week's WikiLeaks disclosure. It's by R. Slabbers.

Madrid devastatingly lost to Barça last week. Great use of colors in this cartoon by Portos.

A dazed-looking, possibly Spanish, lady listening to a Victrola. Who needs gags?

Howto mug people in regions without street corners to hide behind: the manual

I bet lots of professional musicians dream about doing the exact same thing.

A cartoon about Fifa's controversial decision. It took me some time, but it works.

Personal Favorite

Rex May's "Recession" is my favorite cartoon of last week. It is a great comment on economists' abstract definitions of developments that can have very concrete consequences. It also reminded me of these simulation computer games like "Civilization" - especially of those little guys representing your population.

PS: Another cartoon by Rex – the one with the marriage counselor – was a very close contestant.

Paul Hellmich


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