Topic of the Month – June 2019

Posted on: May 30, 2019

This month’s topic is Joy. You can never have too much of it, but I think we particularly need it at the moment, when we are facing the a climate crisis that our leaders don’t want to do anything about, when we are witnessing the rise of fascist elements in our societies, where our politics are being taken over by people with lots of money and very little conscience and….well, you know all this as well as I do.

Instead of thinking about all that, here are some joyous cartoons – lots of dancing and flying, and even some splashing. Big smiles all round.

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.

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22 Comments

  1. Susan Bosch , says:

    Look forward to the newsletter

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  2. Maurissa Ailion , says:

    Just perfectly awesome and i do love the ‘oldie’ Woman with past, future and present
    Thanks so much X

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks for letting me know Maurissa – ‘Woman with a present’ definitely seems to be the favourite in this month’s collection.

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  3. T Diaz , says:

    Hello Judy from no doubt one of your biggest fans here in the USA. I can’t tell you how much I NEEDED the nice big wonderful dose of JOY today that I got from June’s cartoons. Thank you so much! xo

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Oh thank you for your lovely message. It seems ‘Joy’ was definitely a good choice this month! Warm wishes to you in the USA

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  4. Jesse K , says:

    These are just brilliant <3 just what we need now and then when the world seems so dire.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Jesse

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  5. Ian Douglas McCall , says:

    Fantastic work Judy, I love your cartoons they really make me laugh. Work harder work with smarties.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Ian. If only work smarties were real…

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  6. Christabel Saddler , says:

    Thank you for these, we all need some joy at the moment, all round the world.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Yes we do, sadly. Here’s hoping things will get better, eventually.

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  7. Spider Redgold , says:

    My very favourite cartoon is featured in this month. It’s hard to have a fave of yours because as soon as I write that, all the other ones I like pop into my head saying ‘why not me – why aren’t I your fave? You’ve remembered me all these years”.


    Its ‘woman with a present’

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Spider. Love the idea of my cartoons clamouring for attention in your head. Here’s to the present in all its forms.

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      • Fiona , says:

        I gave a little bounce of joy when I saw “woman with a present” too. My absolute fave as well, just because of the cleverness, the pun, and the wondrous expression of glee with the present 🙂

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        • judy horacek , says:

          It made me giggle as I was doing it – that’s always a good sign!

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    • Millie , says:

      I told my husband that when I finished my PhD I thought Judy Horacek print would be a very good present…
      I got Woman with a present and I LOVE IT.
      Thanks for the joy Judy, much needed!

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      • judy horacek , says:

        Well played Millie! Glad she has gone to a lovely and clever home. Congratulations on finishing your PhD, that’s fantastic.

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  8. Martha-Ann , says:

    With every speck of joy comes a speck of hope that all will be well. Thanks for your contribution. (I think I’m a Mildred in the park type – digging the joyful queen, oh yeah… although the idea of sewing a set of wings and fly, fly, flying away till our pollies come to their senses appeals, too!)

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Martha-Ann. Hope you get to do both – the dancing and the flying away too.

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  9. Lesley Stoneman , says:

    Judy, thank you! In the wake of the election (sorry to mention the war!) I have found it difficult to find joy in life, so joyful messages like yours are helping me to cope.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Lesley. I thought we could all do with some cheering up, no matter how transient.

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  10. Henry Porter , says:

    That “woman with a past, future & present” is one of your all-time best, Judy, loved by all I’ve shown it to. Thanks for some timely Joy.

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