Topic of the Month – April 2020

Posted on: April 1, 2020

This month’s topic makes no mention of viruses nor pandemics. It was decided on before all that hit. Maybe it’s a reminder that things pass, that nature goes on, or maybe it’s just a bunch of cartoons. Anyway, it’s Seasons, and it’s turned out to be mostly summer, even though I love all seasons equally. Maybe summer just lends itself more easily to humour?

Every month this website will feature a dozen to twenty Horacek cartoons on a chosen topic. I choose the topics alphabetically. All cartoons are ©Judy Horacek. I’d rather you didn’t use these cartoons without my permission, but if you must, I’d appreciate it if you acknowledge my authorship and the source.  They are cartoons, not memes! Cartoons this month were first published in The Age, The Australian Weekend Magazine, the Canberra Times weekend supplement, and my cartoon collection Unrequited Love. The others have all appeared subsequently in various cartoon collections.

29 Comments

  1. Maree ( mother of Jangles) , says:

    I love your collective nouns. We currently have a nightmare of flies at our computer desk in Canberra! Thank you for keeping our spirits up!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Probably too cold for flies up in Canberra now. Hope you and Jangles are keeping warm 🙂

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  2. Jangles , says:

    I love your work My favorite us autumn in the libary

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank you Jangles. Lovely to hear your favourite!

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  3. Foenix Freshwater , says:

    Hello Judy,
    Thank you for brightening our way through such challenging times.
    Humour helps bring some balance, and yours is especially welcome.
    Maybe the turning of this season will bring some much needed renewal in respect for the interconnectedness of everyone, and everything.
    Iechyd da i chi bawb! (‘Good health to you all’ in Welsh)
    Foenix

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Hello Foenix, thank you for your Welsh good health wishes (which I have no idea how to pronounce of course). Glad you enjoyed the cartoons – definitely agree with you about the renewal in respect for the interconnectedness of everyone. Lovely to be connected with you, through my work and through the power of technology. Stay safe! x

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  4. Elizabeth Ogilvy , says:

    Autumn in the library was my favourite! All the others were too!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      LOL. Thank you :–)

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  5. Don Jordan , says:

    Tee hee and over and over. The rain comes down and washes out the spiders. Poor Incey-Wincey. What do homeless spiders do? Do they qualify for a subsidy? How do they apply for it? Centrelink probably has some spiders there. Maybe they could help.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Spiders probably don’t have a long enough life span to get to the top of a Centrelink queue!

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  6. Cathy , says:

    Judy, a ray of sunshine and burst of laughter when we need it, thanks so much. And I have swirly girl on my laptop desktop so I can see her whenever I need to be cheered up.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      What a great compliment. I might have to put her on my desktop as well – what a great idea. She’s very cheering (at least she will be in a little while, when she doesn’t remind me so much of a cancelled comedy festival. All those shows I was going to se, the laughs I was going to have!

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  7. Alena , says:

    …. autumn in the libary ~ love it! cheered me right up
    stay well Judy, all my love
    Alena

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Alena, delighted to have cheered you up x

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  8. Henry Porter , says:

    Total shock: Mildred drawn with a smile! But maybe it was an imposter behind the sunnies. Hope you’re safe & well Judy & enjoying that jigsaw you instagrammed the other day. Always one going over here – currently a big Picasso. Cheers, Henry.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      It’s well known that people behave differently behind a mask! Good luck with the Picasso. We normally only do jigsaws on holidays, but desperate times…

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  9. Denise , says:

    I embrace my rut,
    and my inner curmudgeon.
    I am Mildred.

    Thanks for reminding me about continuity
    —when I was on the edge of my inner cliff.
    Stay as well as you can.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Be careful being on the edge of any cliff, but probably especially an inner one. Glad you enjoyed the topic – hope it reminded you that this too will pass. Stay safe, be kind (to yourself especially).

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  10. Margaret Blair , says:

    Thank you Judy. Seasons is the perfect topic for this scary time. The world keeps turning and smiles are precious. Keep well.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Glad you thought it was perfect. It’s hard to know the appropriate response to the times. Smiles and laughter are one thing I can offer (at least to those with the same sense of humour!)

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Glad you thought it was a perfect topic. It’s hard to know what’s an appropriate response. Smiles and laughter are two things I can offer (at least to people with a similar sense of humour to me), and we definitely need smiles and laughter.

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  11. Rose Momsen , says:

    So great to see you virtually. Thank you for continuing to post up your newsletter and work. Mildred always makes me giggle, wonderful. I hope that you are yours are safe and well and finding happy things to do. I love your Comedy Festival Program Swirly Girl! And the Rainbow Birth Certificate is just magical. Well done. Wishing you all the best.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Rose. All good here, getting used to the new normal. Which takes some getting used to. Lovely to hear from you, take care – it sounds a bit scary in the US, stay safe!

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  12. Helen , says:

    Thanks Judy for some non-current-topic-everywhere smiles. Much needed. Sorry about the comedy festival and love the rainbow birth certificate! Take care!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Helen. Tempted to do only non-current-topic stuff, but I’m sure it will sneak in at times. 🙁 Hope you and Sean and all your loved ones are safe.

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  13. Shirley Randell , says:

    Glad to have some chuckles in this very serious time Judy – thank you

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    • judy horacek , says:

      You’re very welcome Shirley. Hope things are going okay for you – very serious time indeed!

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  14. Bob Gardiner , says:

    Judy, you’ll never be Pollyanna: you’re too realistic for that. What you are is endlessly positive (in a positive way). Keep our smiles going.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Bob. I like to hear that I’m endlessly positive in a positive way (would hate it to be annoying!)

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