Topic of the Month – July 2020

Posted on: June 27, 2020

This month’s topic was going to be something starting with T to keep with the alphabetical sequence, but given we are  still in the throes of the covid-19 crisis, I decided to break with the alphabet for a second month, and do Climate instead. Because even though we pretty preoccupied with the virus, we must not forget that the planet in crisis too. We must beware of nefarious forces using the pandemic for their own ends, pushing things through while we are distracted. While we’re all worrying about whether we are washing our hands correctly and whether we have enough toilet paper, the conservative forces are seeing a wonderful chance to lobby hard for more mining, more logging, less environmental controls, ever greater abilities to destroy our precious planet. 

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! But you’re very welcome to tweet the link to this page. Cartoons this month were first published in The Age and Overland. They have all been re-published in various Horacek cartoon collections.


  1. Jangles , says:

    Oh lol I sent two

  2. Jangles , says:

    The “we are so fantastic one made me very sad because it’s true and our ignorant leaders won’t do anything about it because “they, are so fantastic” ;-;

  3. Jangles , says:

    Very sad but very true. The “we are so fantastic one made me very sad because it’s true and our ignorant leaders won’t do anything about it because “they, are so fantastic” ;-;

  4. Lee Kennedy , says:

    I want to cry…

  5. Rose Momsen , says:

    Full of heavy sadness this time around. Your self portrait as the grieving artist is so poignant. And the final one with the starry sky and the gorgeous Earth is spot-on. It’s not about us. It’s horrific how many of the other animals/insects/birds/fish/coral/living things we are taking down with us however. I am sorry for my grandchildren, as what they will see will be even more abysmal. Thanks for doing your work, even when it doesn’t feel fun or funny. Thanks always.

  6. T Diaz , says:

    Judy – I am so glad you are on this planet at this time when the human race is, indeed, in great crisis. Your cartoons, political or otherwise, are some of my favorites ever. Thank you for sharing your art online and for your monthly newsletter. Along those same lines, I want to thank you also, though, for taking a month for what sounds like much-needed time to process the intense upheaval in the world (pandemic, racial tensions, continuing climate change, etc.) so far in 2020. I myself am taking some much-needed time during the month of July, paring down to do only the absolute essentials–especially online–and focusing on self-care as a priority, with the intent of ending the month more rested and better able to tackle my umpteen daily tasks and projects re-energized. It’s affirming to see someone I admire (that would be you!) doing what feels right even if it’s a bit of a departure from the usual routine. So, thank you for that as well! Sending love and gratitude from across the world over here in the States?T

  7. Nancy , says:

    Thank you, Judy~ As I feel the same way, all of your art works reflect my frustration, too, at the continuation of our precious planet’s destruction. Thanks so much for illuminating all of these issues with such great humour. As always, keep up the good work!

  8. Suzette Markwell , says:

    Congratulation Judy, a great bunch of cartoons. So sad and true. Brilliant work.

  9. Martha-Ann , says:

    OMG wonderful, terrifying and absolutely spot on. Crying as I write…

  10. Deborah , says:

    Thanks Judy, for these works. I particularly like the world lapel pin. I only wish our politicians would swap the Australian flag one they wear for yours.
    All the best, D.



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