Topic of the Month – October 2018

Posted on: September 30, 2018

This month’s Topic is the second part of ‘Climate Change’, roughly speaking ‘Denial and Extinctions ‘.  What can I say – like so many of us, I am deeply worried about the way we are screwing up the beautiful planet.  The scientific evidence is overwhelming.  So many of the things that were once only models of what might happen, are now happening.

Next month’s topic will be ‘Desert Islands’. It won’t be as depressing as the most recent topics, I promise.

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, Overland,  a project I did for Oxfam and my book If you can’t stand the heat’.

17 Comments

  1. Barbara Godfrey , says:

    Thanks again Judy for your insightful comments on the most important issues of the modern era. It must be bitter-sweet for you to develop these excellent cartoons. If only we had world leaders that really took notice of what’s going on. As we know, “there is no planet B”.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Bitter-sweet indeed. And sometimes feeling that drawing cartoons is a very inadequate response to these problems. My faith in humour as a way to change the world has been shaken by the fact I’ve been doing it so long and look at the mess we’re in. Beware of hubris. Hopefully politicians are starting to wake up (although not Scott Morrison et al by the looks, with their full steam ahead mode of operating)

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  2. Peter Laffan , says:

    Wonderful. Humanity shines through humour! I’m standing on a climate emergency platform for my local council in South Australia, can I use these to help me get the issues across?

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Hi Peter, glad you liked them. Can you send me an email, info@horacek.com.au with more details about what you’d like to do. Thx

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  3. Bren Weatherstone , says:

    why am I thinking of that ‘archetypal wise fool adrift in a dark & dangerous world’ Rod Q?
    Must be because Q is for very funny/serious and Quirky at the same time people..

    Congratulations on another generous dose of Laughter is the Best Medicine to deal with the disaster disease of climate change.

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank you Bren. Rod Quantock is wonderful. But the Q thing only goes so far – Rod and I have talked about the dominance of the quip in contemporary humour, something pretending to have political import but doesn’t really. Laughing at a politician’s hair for example, or choice of swimwear.

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  4. Russ , says:

    Every one of them resonated, but I’ll focus on one from a different angle. Never occurred to me to make a metaphor out of it – thanks, now you’ve provided me with additional reasons for hating leaf-blowers! (I hate jet-skis too – for some reason they’re inextricably linked in my mind).

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thanks Russ. I was quite pleased to find another reason for hating leafblowers too. Will try and work up a jetski one now too.

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  5. Shirley Randell , says:

    Just depressed this time dear friend

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    • judy horacek , says:

      As I’m sure is the case with your own work often too 🙁

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  6. susan m brandwein , says:

    True and sad and wry. Well done !

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  7. Rose Momsen , says:

    Funny, succinct, full of zingers that sting. Brilliant. I want to share them everywhere. Thanks for doing your fabulous work!

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank you Rose. Please feel free to share the topic of the month widely. Thank you for following my work!

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  8. Liz Charpleix , says:

    Now, wouldn’t it have been so much more useful if PM Scomo had given out Judy’s lapel pins than the Aussie Aussie Aussie Oy Oy Oy ones that he did?

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    • judy horacek , says:

      It would have been coming from a much better view of his job

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  9. Margaret Blair , says:

    Brilliant as always Judy, but sad and scary too.
    How do we persuade the deniers to chase the dragons away?

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    • judy horacek , says:

      Thank you Margaret. I wish I knew how to make the powers that be see the trouble we are in. I guess we all just have to keep trying.

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