So this cartoon above was featured on Radio Canada's cross country show Les Coulisses du Pouvoir this past weekend. I've never watched it before but the show is described as the following in english:
The Corridors of Power is hosted by Veteran correspondent Daniel Lessard who puts his long experience of the House of Commons to good use as he untangles the complex workings of our democracy. In a fast-paced and lively program, he deals mostly with political power in Canada, but also on the international scene.
It looks like a good show. You can view the segment pertaining to the Internet where the lovely Sophie-Hélène Lebeuf discusses my cartoon near the end. Fastforward to 2:40 if you're too impatient for my bit part as:
L'image de la semaine:
Elle provient du site de Graeme MacKay, qui y va de sa lecture du scrutin de lundi: Stephen Harper a dompté le lion du séparatisme. Au tour de Stéphane Dion, Jack Layton et Gilles Duceppe.
Visitors to my site will note my cartoons on international affairs are few and far between. My cartoons on the federal, local issues are far more abundant in numbers. Occasionally non domestic cartoons will creep in when domestic issues have become dull or just plain tired. I don't think it's unreasonable to declare that most people are fatigued with anything having to do with Quebec's election 5 days ago. The latest big national story is the RCMP coverup, which already has my eyes glazing over and having me think, well haven't we been down this road before? R.C.M.P. = Y.A.W.N. - nobody around here is talking about it.
So my mind was set on the recent debacle between Britain and Iran which is like a good old fashioned cold war like escalation of good against evil. I have a feeling the Iran thing will be hanging around as long as the RCMP thing -- months.
Speaking of international cartoons two of my old galleries have just been updated. The old September 11 gallery has now been amalgamated and showcases stuff drawn related to the War on Terror. The Iraq Gallery has also been updated.
For over a year I've been dabbling in the animation of my editorial cartoons. Actually, the real hard work in bringing life to my cartoons is done by longtime friend Scott Blackett. We're both rather new at this and we're learning about it and getting better as we go.
The seal hunt was our first animated movie. At 30 seconds, it's also our longest. It's a bit graphic but it puts out a clear message about the seal hunt with great effect. White backgrounds, it seems, work best in terms of clarity with our type of animaton. Another cartoon about Victoria and David Beckham meeting the press after arriving in Hollywood came out rather blurry after it was uploaded to YouTube.
My end of the job is pretty easy, although there are extra steps taken as l execute each cartoon if an animated clip is in the offing. Specifically, the background and features need to be drawn separately. If a lot of movement is required, extra limbs need to be created.
Once all the parts are drawn and separated they're shipped off by email to Scott who's based in Toronto. I don't know exactly what he does to bring about the magic of the movement but I always get a huge kick out of the end result. I'll let him explain the process later.
So we've begun uploading these videos onto YouTube with hopes of getting some hits and feedback. You can find our profile here.
I threw this one out to the for the little papers across Canada to run if they want it. It's a revision of a cartoon I drew for budget day during the Chretien era which predated my syndication days:
It worked better as Chretien's time in office was winding down, but I'd say given the enormous size of the federal surplus the cartoon could apply to Harper as well. I'll be working on a barand new one for tomorrow's Spec.
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It's experimental, a bit crude, but today's cartoon is animated: