Topic of the Month – July 2019

Posted on: June 30, 2019

This month’s topic is Knowledge. A little bit of it is apparently a dangerous thing, but a bunch of cartoons about knowledge (or at least things we know and things I’m pretending we know) is surely a great and wonderful thing. Although who actually knows?

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 my first cartoon collection, Life on the Edge.

20 Comments

  1. Jill Barker , says:

    Thank thank you.
    Today I learned not to read your cartoons by scrolling down on my phone. One needs the whole experience in one go, not the top (often the punchline) first and then the image. Made me feel like one of your characters.

    Wonderful!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Hi Jill, glad you liked the cartoons, and even more pleased to hear that now you aren’t getting the punchline first -the essence of comedy is timing after all! Am planning to renovate the whole site in the not too distant future to hopefully make it work better on phones, everything changes so fast. I hope the experience of feeling like one of my characters was a good one. I often feel like them, but that goes with the territory.

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  2. Nancy , says:

    Your funniest cartoons yet, Judy! But then I treasure them all. Keep on spreading the JOY!!! As always, your devoted fan ~

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    • judy horacek , says:

      What a delightful message, thank you Nancy

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  3. Martha-Ann , says:

    Tears of laughter and joy and despair… love your work, Ms Horocek. Hope some of our pollies are reading them too…

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    • judy horacek , says:

      I’ve given up the idea that cartoons are going to change anyone’s mind, especially not a politician’s, but if they give us some collective strength to keep resisting, then that is a good thing. Three kinds of tears – a great compliment, thank you

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  4. Maurissa Ailion , says:

    Thank you as always Judy
    Oh and my greeting cards arrived last week, fabulous!
    Maurissa x

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    • judy horacek , says:

      You’re welcome Maurissa. Glad the cards arrived safely, hope you enjoy having them.

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  5. Shirley Randell , says:

    Thanks for lightening the end of my day Judy
    At my age especially love the problem of getting into my own shoes !!
    love
    shirley

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    • judy horacek , says:

      You’re very welcome Shirley. That shoe one is a bit sad, but also strong – let the struggle continue, from top to toe. x

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  6. John Armstrong Orme , says:

    We miss you in the Blue Mountains Judy. I have long admired your work. I have two cards on a door. One your.. For my birthday I want an end to all inequality. Then your marvelous Santa Claus and the therapist. I just sent a bunch to my mother who and having a tough patch. They made her laugh out loud especially Mona Lisa. They still have on a door a tea towel of…l hunted l gathered aprons.Thankyou

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    • judy horacek , says:

      I miss being in the Blue Mountains John. It’s such a special place. Glad to hear that I’ve made it to the heights of cartooning compliments – featuring on doors. Please give my warm wishes to your mother, I hope her rough patch ends soon. Warm wishes to you too.

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  7. janbobhale , says:

    Pure joy! Love your cartoons.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Jan 🙂

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  8. Pat , says:

    Why are you, Michael Leunig’s sister and May Gibbs the only female cartoonists featured in the National Library’s Inked exhibition? Surely there have been other women in the last couple of hundred years?

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    • Ruth , says:

      Phallocentrism I suspect.

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      • judy horacek , says:

        Maybe a bit of that, but also problems particular to cartooning, 🙁 See my reply to Pat.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      There are 5 female cartoonists in the National Library exhibition Inked. The exhibition is based on the original works that are in the NLA’s collection, it doesn’t attempt to be a definitive history of cartooning. That said, there really haven’t been all that many women cartoonists – newspaper cartooning was dominated by men for a very long time, along with everything else in the newspapers, but the particular problem for cartooning is that there are very few jobs for cartoonists. So the flourishing of women in the 1970s and 80s, in other areas such as journalism and comedy where there are greater numbers of people overall, didn’t really have any impact on who did the cartoons. There was one female cartoonist employed on a mainstream daily when I began 30 years ago, that is Jenny Coopes on the Telegraph, there is one female cartoonist working on a mainstream newspaper now, Cathy Wilcox in the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax publications. There are a few of us who have been working on the margins over the last few decades, taking small gigs here and there, working for all kinds of organisations and groups, but really to make a living as a cartoonist you needed to have a job on a paper. And now newspapers are in such steep decline, there will probably never be many female cartoonists – women are finding other ways to have their say.

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  9. Rose , says:

    Your work makes me SO happy. Thank you from the lovely summertime in the Pacific Northwest.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank you for the lovely commment, Rose, it’s a great pleasure having you as such a devoted fan.

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