ABOUT ME

I've been scratching 'Polyp' political cartoons since 1980 (for Leeds Student Newspaper) and took it up full time in the 90's, having been a care worker before then.

New Internationalist Magazine, bless 'em, gave me my first big break, turning over a whole issue to STARVE TREK, a political spoof of Captain James Knee Jerk beaming neoliberal politics down to reluctant planets throughout the galaxy. I owe them my career, I guess... THANK YOU, NI!

Since then I've drawn cartoons for anyone who'll have me, including Ethical Consumer Magazine, WDM, Christian Aid, War on Want, The Big Issue, Friends of the Earth, FoE, Liberty, People and Planet, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, and all the other usual suspects.

As for my politics... well... read the cartoons, chuck in some chunks of Bill Hicks, radical democracy, direct action, the co-operative movement, Karl Popper: then stir and then give it your best guess...

I'm very active in the skeptics movement, taking both an anti religion stance, and one against psuedoscience - particularly where it collides with my political beliefs.

If you're feeling a desperate urge to write to me and instruct me to OPEN MY EYES TO THE TRUTH ABOUT 9/11 and then ask me petulant self righteous questions about HOW CAN YOU DEBUNK THIS then don't bother. I don't debate creationist conspiracy advocates, so why would I debate you, given that you use the same tactics as them, and are as unlikely to ever change your mind?

Plus there's the absurd reaction we got to this debate, staged in the wake of the above article. After whining about New World Order censorship, these fuckwits then blocked me from commenting on the youtube page for the debate: a debate which they'd participated in, helped promote, filmed and then posted. Blocked from responding to a debate in which you're one of the two key speakers? It doesn't get more pathetic than that.



BOOKS

My first book BIG BAD WORLD came out in 2002 and had a 2003 reprint - would love to direct you to a place where you can buy one, but they're all sold now. A web search might find you one..?

My second book was published in September 2009, SPEECHLESS: a cartoon history of the world. I write all about how it came to be written and published on the SPEECHLESS website. You can buy it here.

The latest graphic novel explores the history of the Co-operative movement, it's spread across the globe, the science of Co-operation within natural systems, and then takes a glimpse at an optimistic world of 2044. It is available here from New Internationalist.


Some very fine political cartoonists:

Tom Tomorrow

Matt Bors

Cartoon Kate

Throbgoblins

Here's Cox and Forkum Their work is totally 'anti-polyp' but every now and then they raise interesting points about us radicals having our own moral blind spots / double standards...

Jesus and Mo (don't look if you think there shouldn't be depictions of the Prophet.)

Eva Schlunke - Vivid dream-like artwork. I'm now working with her on several different projects.


Very fine organisations and people:

Michael Wignall at Orange Tree Digital for being my my web guru.

Mark Thomas - a brilliant tactical activist. I'd hate to be on the receiving end of one of his stunts.

Rob Newman

Peter Tatchell - a very clear, no nonsense ethical thinker.

Bill Hicks - if you're not familiar with his work, you really really need to take a look here...

Adbusters - originators of 'Buy Nothing Day'

Church of the flying spaghetti monster - brilliant spoof of Christian fundamentalism. Converted me to being a 'Pastafarian'.

Ethical Consumer - for the real info. on what we buy and who we buy it from.

New Internationalist

Peterloo Memorial Campaign - demanding a bold memorial to 'Manchester's 1819 equivalent of Tiananman Square'

Propaganda Remix Project - hilarious subvertised US propoganda posters.

The Mule, news with a kick - Manchester newspaper


Some very fine campaign groups:

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

Friends of the Earth - have a bold political analysis of the issues, and aren't afraid to confront contovertial issues.

People and Planet - student campaign that used to be called 'Third World First'. It's where I cut my political teeth.

War on Want

World Development Movement - they tell it like it is.