Topic of the Month – February 2019

Posted on: January 30, 2019

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! This first cartoon topic for 2019 is ‘Fish’, which are wonderfully easy to draw. This is reason enough to love them, but they are also beautiful and graceful and interesting (that’s me in the snorkel in the cartoon below). The cartoons in this topic are mostly silliness, which cartoon fish lend themselves to, with some more serious notes on a number of issues.  Although most of these fish cartoons aren’t about the environment, this particular topic comes to you with great fears for our world, because the oceans, lakes and rivers are directly in the line of fire from climate change and environmental destruction. We must get our act together and make amends for our abuse of our waterways. Catastrophes such as the death last month of countless fish in the Murray-Darling River system in a number of ‘fish kills’ are serious, deadly serious, and need to be prevented from happening again.

Which is a nice segue to the announcement that March’s topic will be ‘Greed’.

Every month this website will feature twenty or so Horacek cartoons on a chosen topic. I choose them 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, The Canberra Times, as greeting cards and in the book Mary Jane by Sancia Robinson.

                         

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12 Comments

  1. Helen Woittiez , says:

    They’re all great, thanks for lots of smiles and giggles Judy. Especially like the fish-feesh, always good to see things from someone else’s perspective 🙂

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Helen, sorry for late reply. Hope you had a good February. Fish have been replaced by Greed now!

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  2. Barbara & Rick Godfrey , says:

    So glad you’re coming to Canberra. Looking forward to your events at the National Library and Beaver Gallery. The world needs more people like you to get the message out about the importance of the environment and social justice. Keep up the good work.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank you Barbara and Rick, that’s a lovely thing to say. Yes, the world definitely does need people talking about the importance of the environment, hopefully soon there will be enough of us to change the current course of things (this is me in optimistic mode). I’m looking forward to my Canberra events too – please come up and say hello!

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  3. KC , says:

    Happy New Year, well Lunar or Chinese New Year.

    Fish (cooked) features in Chinese New Year celebrations because the Chinese enjoy puns & fish in Mandarin sounds the same as surplus.

    Thanks for the monthly mirth, monthly musings …

    I still have your cartoons from your time in the Weekend Australian Magazine!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      My cartoons from the Australian Magazine, wow that’s some commitment and compliment! I mean, I still have them too, but I’m a different case. Very glad you enjoy the cartoons. Happy new year to you, and thank you for the info about fish and the New Year – so there is a connection with my topic after all, I’m chuffed.

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  4. Louise , says:

    Hi Judy
    I am looking forward to putting some of these cartoons up on our library whiteboard and watch the children ‘get the joke’ or the beautiful messages (Reef not Coal). Hope that’s okay?
    Thanks for the smiles.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks for your lovely message. Yes of course you can use the cartoons in your classroom. Tell the students that they are drawn by someone called Judy Horacek. Hope it works to inspire them not depress them too much. 🙂

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  5. Rose , says:

    So many happy busy opportunities in your Newsletter this month! Good for you! Love your cartoons, always. The trapeze artist fishes made me laugh. And I think your Christmas Tree fish would sell as a holiday card in Hawaii! such great ideas, everyone of these. Congratulations.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank for the lovely words Rose, lovely to hear from you. A holiday card in Hawaii, there’s a thought (maybe I would need to accompany it)

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  6. Berceuse Bindle , says:

    Happy New Year Judy, thanks for a fantastically fishy beginning to 2019

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Berceuse, HNY to you 🙂

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