Topic of the month – June 2016

Posted on: May 31, 2016

This month’s topic is ‘Earth’, in celebration of World Environment Day on June 5.  We need a lot more than a day though.

Every month this website will feature ten to twenty Horacek cartoons on a chosen topic. I chose them alphabetically – next month’s topic will be something starting with E.  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 Magazine, The Canberra Times and in some one-off commissions.

01-babysitter-for-world-450

02-from-space-line-350

03-couch-spaceship-col-300

04--PlanetEarth-col-300

05-earth-as-eaten-apple-col-400

06-7planetEarths-col-300

07-happily-every-after_extinct-350

08-Goldilocks-and-the-three-planets_LQ-col-400

09-Watermelon-If-the-fruit-fits-line-575

10-burgers-so-cheap-col-350

11-world-uninhabitable-col-400

12-OXF-wrong-place,-wrong-time-col-350

13-consume,-survive-port-col-350

14-flavour-not-in-harmony-500

15-OXF-holding-up-Western-world-col-300

16-mixed-up-col-400

17-dragons-col-300

18-Oncetheybelieved-col-575

19-free-trade-cover-col-350

20-lightglobe-col-350

21-starlight-col-300

22 Comments

  1. Lee Kennedy , says:

    Great set. I do not understand how we (= politicians, economists) can believe that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Lee. I don’t understand either. Nor how they think it is possible to make massive changes within a closed system and there to be no effects – an argument for everyone doing science in school I guess.

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  2. Katherine , says:

    You’re so wonderfully clever Judy, how your work can trigger so many thoughts and emotions at once. I wanted to cry thinking of the issues, I laughed at the absurdity, I reminisced about times when I’ve seen some of these cartoons and shared them with others, then I felt excited and wanted to share these cartoons with everyone instantly. I then felt preachy and afraid of pushing people away with my environmental nagging, was touched at the comments by your other fans, and finally felt love for you for creating these cartoons, compiling them into topics for us as well as for the many hours of pleasure you’ve given me over the years whilst stimulating my brain.

    You rock Judy xxx

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Wow Katherine, what a lovely message, thank you so much. I particularly loved the comment about reminiscing about other times you’d seen the cartoons and shared them. And also, all your different feelings that passed through in response to the post. I sometimes worry that I am preachy too when doing such a big topic – but I have to swallow those prickles because I believe the message is important and I hope that the cartoons help keep that in front of people. Not that I have much faith that we’ll manage to sort out all this mess, but I still keep my fingers crossed (when I am not holding a pen obviously). Thanks again for writing! x

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  3. Magdalen Rozsa , says:

    wow – hard hitting, beautifully presented and so true…. and so sad. How can human beings be so incredibly smart and creative yet so doggedly intent on continuing with this course of consumerism, greed, wealth focus and development that is going to end so badly for our planet and all that live on it?

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Like you, I have no idea of the answer to your question – how indeed can humans be so smart and yet so stupid. Glad you liked the cartoons though, hope they gave you some comfort, even if they don’t have power to change anything. But at least they can point things out and keep reminding people.

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  4. Kurt Timmins , says:

    These are wonderful Judy. It must take real passion to be able to stuff so much humou5r and pathos into your work. Thank you!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Kurt, for your lovely words. I can’t deny I am passionately worried about the earth at this point in time.

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  5. Gaida Macs , says:

    I wept and laughed at the same time… Pearls of wisdom. Thank you

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    • judy horacek , says:

      I couldn’t ask for a better response Gaida!

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  6. Arleen Francois , says:

    A ‘sobering’ collections of very pertinent cartoons. Brilliant!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks for the compliments Arleen.

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  7. Jan Nicholls , says:

    Another excellent collection. You hit the nail right on the head – as usual.

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  8. Carol , says:

    Thought provoking and inspiring, as always, Judy. Thank you!
    Cheerfully,
    Carol

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Carol, glad you enjoyed them.

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  9. Nancy Earth , says:

    Exquisite, Judy! You express our deepest concerns in such a delightful and hopeful way. I trust that those who may not “get it” could actually change through your efforts. Thank you SO much! Obviously, I’m forwarding this on.

    And…really looking forward to next month’s “Feminism” topic. YEAH!!!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks very much for your lovely comments Nancy, and for forwarding it on. I used to be more optimistic about the power of cartoons to change the world, less so now, but even if I’m only preaching to the converted, I know it’s important to support them too. And even the tiniest change is a great thing.

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  10. Horrie Poussard , says:

    Another great collection of acuteness of our social condition. Will we never look further than the next dollar !

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    • judy horacek , says:

      I really hope we can change, but I’m not sure that we actually can. Sadly.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Oh, and thank you for your compliment!

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  11. Juliet Flesch , says:

    One of the best collections yet!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Juliet x

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