Category: Illustrations

Rise of the Masses

Power and tyranny have sometimes more force than right or justice.
– Simon Renard (1513-1573)

The cartoon/illustration below is so powerful, I think. It showed that if everyone will work together and rise up against tyranny and despotism, then you’ll get a result.

Of course, there is always a leader and followers. The leader can’t always do it alone. He needs the support of his followers for his opinion, platform, ideology to take form and put into effect.

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The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
~Jack Kerouac

Cartoon Commuters

 

Being a regular traveller on the Tube – London Underground and  seeing this article in the Metro Newspaper on my early morning commute today, made me chuckle and cheered me up.

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Animator turns commute into a world of cartoon fun
Man or mouse? Mickey Mouse starts spoiling for a fight (Picture: October Jones)

You would think most commuters would be happy to fill their train journey into work with a satisfying skim through the pages of Metro.

But animator October Jones has come up with a different way to pass time on his journey. Armed with sticky notes (post it notes), marker pens and lots of imagination, he draws cartoon heads on his fellow passengers.

Just a few pen strokes and a bit of camera trickery give his Twitter followers the impression he is travelling with Spider-Man, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Winnie the Pooh and many others.

October Jones: Animator draws cartoon heads on train passengers on commute
Senses tingling: Spider-Man stares back (Picture: October Jones)

His most retweeted sketches show Mickey Mouse glaring at a passenger who laughed at his squeaky voice and a feisty-looking ET caught phoning home in the train’s quiet zone.

Where possible Jones, real name Joe Butcher, colour co-ordinates his characters’ heads with unsuspecting commuters’ clothes.

A movie montage of his cartoons has been viewed almost 1 million times on YouTube and the illustrator has 73,000 Twitter followers. Jones, of Birmingham, is also known for his Tumblr blog called Text From Dog, which was published as a book last year.

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How To Pass Time On A Train – invented by October Jones, which is the pseudonym of English animator Joe Butcher who was born and raised in Birmingham.

Carlos Juan Finlay

I am now a confirmed Google Doodle fan.  I love their homage to various celebrities and timely events.

They are very useful especially in the case of this particular guy.  Carlos Juan Finlay contributed a very important findings which saved and continue to save millions more from yellow fever and yet I have never heard his name mentioned before.

To Carlos Juan Finlay,  happy 180th birthday!!!

JPJhermes

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Carlos Juan Finlay celebrated in Google doodle

Cuban physician and scientist, who would have been 180 today, developed theory that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes

theguardian.com,

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Carlos Finlay’s Google doodle on December 3.
Photograph: Google

Google’s latest doodle celebrates the birthday of Carlos Finlay, the Cuban physician and scientist who theorised that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes.

Of French and Scottish descent, Finlay was born in 1833 in Puerto Príncipe, now the Cuban city of Camagüey, and studied at Jefferson medical college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He finished his studies in Havana and Paris before settling in Cuba to open a medical practice.

Finlay was appointed by the Cuban government in 1879 to work with a North American commission studying the causes of yellow fever, and two years later was sent as the Cuban delegate to the fifth International Sanitary Conference in Washington DC.

At the conference, he urged the study of yellow fever vectors and later stated that the carrier was the mosquito Culex fasciatus, now known as Aedes aegypti.

When a US army’s Yellow Fever Board arrived in Cuba in 1900, he sought to persuade it of his mosquito-vector theory.

Finlay’s hypothesis and exhaustive proofs were confirmed by the board’s head, the US army doctor Walter Reed, paving the way for the eradication of yellow fever and saving generations of lives throughout South America, the Caribbean, Africa and the southern US.

As General Leonard Wood, a physician and military governor of Cuba, put it: “The confirmation of Dr Finlay’s doctrine is the greatest step forward made in medical science since Jenner’s discovery of the vaccination.”

Finlay died in August 2015 from a stroke caused by severe brain seizures in his home in Havana.

Sheffield artist uses comics worth £20,000 for artwork

How would you feel if you found out that you had the opportunity for an easy money of £20,000 but “blew” it away for the sake of art?!!!

This is what happened to an artist, Steve Eyre.  He found some comics including a first edition of the Avengers, on a skip and without much thought began papier macheing  them onto a life-size superhero made from chicken wire which he named “Paperboy”

Imagine what you can do with a £20K?!!!

 

Oouuuccchhhhhhhh 😉

 

JXXXX

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6 July 2013 Last updated at 11:22

Sheffield artist uses comics worth £20,000 for artwork

Andrew Vickers, (left), and Steve Eyre
Andrew Vickers and Steve Eyre with the Paperboy statue made from valuable comics

An artist who made a papier-mache sculpture from comics he found in a skip has found they could have been sold for about £20,000.

Comic fan Steve Eyre told artist Andrew Vickers the pages pasted to a leg were from a first edition of The Avengers.

Mr Eyre said the 1963 release, along with other rare comics used to create the artwork were worth thousands.

The sculpture, called Paperboy, was created for an exhibition at Sheffield gallery the S1 Artspace.

‘Marble cheaper’

Mr Eyre owns the World Of Superheroes shop in Sheffield.

On discovering the valuable comics glued to the chicken wire frame, he said: “First of all I thought ‘Fantastic’ as, visually, it is a beautiful thing, but then as I walked round it, certainly on the inside right leg, there was a cover of Avengers number one.

“I’ve got a copy of that, which was published in 1963, that is worth well over £10,000.

“Then I started looking and there are six comics on this that together would be worth, even in the condition you can see, £20,000.

“It would have been cheaper for Andrew to make this out of Italian marble because the raw materials that have gone in to it I could have sold for a lot more than he is going to sell this statue for.”

Laughing off the revelation, Mr Vickers said: “If somebody chucks things out in the skip they don’t generally throw things out that are worth anything.

“To be honest I’m shocked but money has not got such a value to me. I think it is funny.

“I really love the idea of me creating something out of such expensive things that’s worth less. I think it’s brilliant.”

The S1 Artspace show entitled Heroes organised by World Of Superheroes is running from 6 to 11 July.

Mysterious 500-year-old Voynich manuscript

What an exciting find. I wonder what the message is? It could be about aliens.

Or it could be just like that in the book, Hitchhikers to the Galaxy. It is the answer to the ultimate question, however what is the ultimate question?!!!

Let us know your thoughts!

JXXX
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Mysterious 500-year-old Voynich manuscript “has secret message”

A 15th-century manuscript described as “the world’s most mysterious” contains a secret message, according to a new computer analysis.

Yahoo! NewsBy Rob Waugh | Yahoo! News – 7 hours ago

 
A 15th-century manuscript described as “the world’s most mysterious” definitely does contain a secret message, according to a new computer analysis.


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Associated Press – Wed, Oct 26, 2011

A 15th-century manuscript described as “the world’s most mysterious” contains a secret message, according to a new computer analysis.

The Voynich Manuscript is written in an unknown language and script – and the 240-page vellum book has defied dozens of attempts to decipher it, even by top World War II codebreakers.

Carbon dating suggests that it was written in the second half of the fifteenth century, but the book first “surfaced” in the seventeenth century. It appears to be a guide to plants, but almost all the illustrations show non-existent species.

The manuscript is highly controversial, with many experts dismissing it as a hoax – but a new analysis of the text appears to have found “patterns” of meaning which would have been impossible to fake in the 15th century.

The new research has also found “keywords”, some of which seem to match to the strange, hand-drawn illustrations that surround the text. It could aid new attempts to crack the code.

“The Voynich text has resisted all attempts to decipher it, even by top World War II cryptographers,” says Dr. Marcelo A. Montemurro of Manchester University. “However, the fact that it has been impossible to decode so far cannot be a proof that there is no message inside it.”
Other ciphers previously thought “unbreakable” have recently been cracked by computer technology – such as the Copiale Cipher, an 18th century German manuscript which was “broken” in 2011, revealing the secret rites of an occult society.

“For the past few years I have been studying the statistics of language – using methods from physics and information theory,” says Montemurro. “These methods allow the extraction of keywords (that is words that are closely relevant to the meaning of the text) even if the underlying language is unknown.”

Montemurro’s technique analysed the text at a large scale – looking for “clusters” of words as the text moved from one subject to another, rather than trying to understand the manuscript’s grammar.

“Over long spans of texts, words leave a statistical signature about their use,” says Montemurro. “When the topic shifts to a different one, other words are needed, and so on.”

Montemurro’s analysis found a range of “keywords” in the text – and found that the pattern of their use was similar to known languages. The researchers also found that clusters of keywords seemed to “match” the illustrations.

The knowledge required to put this level of detail into a hoax manuscript means it is less likely that a 15th century hoaxer could have

“It is not not an absolute impossibility that it is a hoax – but most if not all of these features were not known in the 15th century,” says Montemurro. “The hoax hypothesis is that it needs to explain all the levels of structure that are found in the text – and how they could naturally emerge from the hoaxing method.”

“I’m not  a cryptographer, but I can see it as a step forward in the sense that now there are candidates among the text’s words to be those more closely connected with the meaning of the text,” says Montemurro. “There is still the question of what sort of method was used to encode the message and hide its message –  making a connection between our analysis and a possible decoding mechanism will require more specialized research.”

Paul Rigby Cartoonist

When I was a young man in the early to mid-1970s, my first real job was working in a branch of  Barclays Bank located in Central London’s Wardour Street.

It was a busy branch; I was working with colleagues who were more or else my own age and wanted to have fun with work interrupting at times.  I could tell you things, but not now 😉

I remember, some lunchtimes (when not frequenting a local Soho bar ;), we would sit in our rest room located in the bank’s basement.

We chatted and gossiped whilst eating our sandwiches and drinking coffee which we had bought from a local friendly Italian deli (delicatessen). We would also share and read copies of the cheap and cheerful SUN a so called ‘red top’ newspaper.

The paper’s main political and social commentary cartoonist at the time was Paul Rigby(1924-2006).

Rigby was ‘aussie’ by birth who was very popular and had  worked in Australia US and UK.

I would say that his cartoon were often the the best and classiest items in the paper!

They were of course amusing, satirical and caught or echoed the mood of the readers!

When there was a newsworthy event, whether happy,  dramatic or tragic, his cartoons could be stirring  and provocative.

Here are two good examples I managed to find. They still linger in my memory many years later.

Apologies for the quality as copies.

The first cartoon below shows the ill fated  Apollo 13 moon ship on it’s hazardous and dangerous return to earth.

The spacecraft is being followed & encouraged  by the ghosts of historical combat aircraft.   (The astronauts were mainly former top pilots from US navy or airforce).

Apollo 13 near disaster mid April 1970

Apollo 13 near disaster mid April 1970

The second cartoon below represents the aftermath of the massacre of Israeli athletes by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Powerful, poignant and a thought provoking pun all conveyed in a cartoon

 

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‘Closing Ceremony’ at the tragic 1972 Munich Olympics

Art – The Gangnam Style


This is an amazing interpretation of that worldwide hit Gangnam Style. It is mind-boggling, bordering into the really amazing, that someone would painstakingly draw a huge amount to compile every action based on Psy’s video to be able to create a moving image.

Truly fantastic.

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