September 23rd 1968  (Age 53)

<< January 2007 >>
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 01 02 03 04 05 06
07 08 09 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Your messages are being regularly deleted.

RSS feed

Check out some
of my travel photos...
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from cartoonist2006. Make your own badge here.

Random Thots is brought to you by Graeme MacKay, Editorial Cartoonist at the Hamilton Spectator, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Website:

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
Winston Churchill

MacKay's cartoon archive
Who is Graeme MacKay?
MacKay's Photo Album
MacKay's Blog
MacKay's miscellaneous caricatures
Canada Gallery
Ontario Gallery
Hamilton Gallery
USA Gallery
World Gallery
Iraq Gallery
Stephen Harper Gallery
Paul Martin Gallery
Sheila Copps Gallery
MacKay's old comic strip
Buy a MacKay reprint
Add a cartoon to your blog
See my old list of links
Tips for aspiring cartoonists


Custom Search
Inaugural Front Pages
Judging Presidents
Presidential Gathering
2008 Review
The Ignatieff Era
RIP: Stephane Dion
Wreckless Coalition
U.S. Day of Decision
Election Prediction
'08 Federal Election HQ
Election Whining
ACEC Banff Convention II
ACEC Banff Convention
Canada at the Olympics
Cartoon Clichés
Radovan Karadzic
Zimbabwe's Mugabe
The Bay Sell Off
The New Yorker Controversy
Hugs for Hamilton
Green Shift
George Carlin
Apology to Natives
Hillary Clinton
Holmes on Harper's Home
Know Your Famous Cartoons
Harry Stinson Strikes Back
Pope Benedict's Red Shoes
Trevor Garwood-Jones
Germany and Afghanistan
Parallel Shepherds
A Cougar Cartoon
Ye Olde Pot and Kettle cliche
Clinton and Obama VS. Canada
The Great Bagel War Part II
Vote for me
Afghanistan and Petty Canadian
The Montreal Bagel Challenge
Ken Dryden visits
The Manley Report
Save the Lister Block
Campaign 2008 Begins
Editorial Cartooning Q&A
Cartoon year in Review: Canada
Cartoon year in Review: Ontario
Cartoon year in Review: Hamilton
Spelling disasters and Isotope
Jean Chretien and Global Warming
The Chocolate Cartel
Karlheinz Schreiber goes to Ottawa
Remembrance Day Confusion
Ottawa Halloween
Editorial Cartooning 101
Dion in the dog house
Gore gets a cold shoulder
The day after the election
Election Endorsement
Hitting the nail on the head
Ivor Wynne neverendum
Greg Sorbara, Puppetmaster
John Tory: Up Close
Mulroney vs. Trudeau
Canadian War Museum Bombing
Gridlock: Hammercab
Alas & Alack
The Cold War Then and Now
Death of a Cliche
Le Tour de Farce
The Games of Hamilton
The Anti-Editorial Cartoonists
Life and its Lessons
The 50th AAEC Convention
Onward Ho...
Front Pager
Rahimi Benefit Review
The Pope's Driving Commandment
Elizabeth May at the Spec
The Advance of Balsillie
McGuinty comes to work
The Rahimi Family Benefit
Feedback from a school tour
Are the politicians crazy?
Picking the ripest of the crop
From a Global Warming Skeptic
MacKay in China
Not so bright light bulbs
Green Stuff
Boris Yeltsin
Killed Cartoons
The Theatre of City Council
Presenting your caricature
Attack Ads
Attracting the french audience
Drawing on the world
Creating a combo cartoon
YouTubing Animation
Budget Day Revision
Roll up the rim rant
St. Patrick's Day
Pipe Dream Capital of Canada
Our Anglican at Lambeth
Ad Parodies
One year of Caledonia
Drawing Terrorists
David Suzuki Event
Groundhog Day
A Hamilton East Cartoon Chronology
Roy Carless Book
The Greens conquer cartoons
Bollywood Dalton
From the mailbag
Nice Way to Start the Year
A Year in Review II
A Year in Review
Cartooning Stephane Dion
Stephane Dion
Farewell Paul Martin
Stan Keyes Weighs in?
Missing the boat
Turkey time
Outrage and Congratulations
Worth Repeating: Justin Trudeau
Harper and the Chinese
Evolution of a cartoon
Raising the Hammer on Satire
Failing to Predict an Upset
Executing a Hanging
Income Trust Glaze Over
A lefty rant... against guess who?
Rant, Rant, Rant...
Iraq's Turning Point
Caledonia Cartoon Outrage
Drawing from life
The Ups and Downs of Stan Keyes
Caledonia Freedom March
Retraction and Distraction
Conservative Environmentalism
Municipal Disgrace
Lib. leadership by the numbers
Drawing on the Liberal Leaders
Cartooning in 2006: Reuse, Recycle
Low Points: Cartooning
Pinning down the issue du jour
Pete and Condi's Pictou Coffee
NDP Stupid Gas
Happy Anniversary
The loosened tie of Dalton McGuinty
Joanna Chapman
Cartooning the Crocodile Hunter
Canada's Buffoon Leader
Cartooning the Future
...And another Pet Peeve...
Icicle Lights Rant: 2006 Edition
"Entertainment Tonight" news
What the?
A Three Cartoon Day
Fairy Tale Series
Blogging Who's Who
Fun with Logos
Measured cartoon
Floyd Landris' Package
Advanced drawing
The August Long Weekend Monday
MacKay's Atlas of the world
A coffee rant
Common Cliches, and Metaphors
The new Dalton McGuinty Gallery
Conference Tables
Dalton Assad? Bashir McGuinty?
Scene of a newspaper
The Pot God of Hamilton
Not so nuanced on complainers
A nation of complainers
Ticat Critics
France versus Hamilton
Peeing up a storm
Pope Cartoons
The background on backgrounds
What to draw when politicians
Jumping the Shark
What to draw?
World Cup Disconnect
The Lister Saga
Still recovering after Denver
A half baked Cartoon
Sex, drugs, and watering down
 Local Cartoons
The joys of Photoshop cheating
Blog Rejig
Anger Management
Pushing the Envelope
Who's Dog the Bounty Hunter?
Heightened Editorial Sensitivity
Go ahead and 'Bite Me'
The Beginning

If you want to be updated on this weblog Enter your email here:

rss feed

Friday, January 26, 2007
The Greens conquer cartoons

I came across a discussion on a messageboard where Green Party supporters were weighing in their thoughts on above cartoon featuring their leader Elizabeth May:

I love it! Thank Camille.  Where did she see it?

Soumis par Neil Adair le 25 Janvier, 2007 - 23:51

Not sure but here's the link:

This one too!

If I didn't know that was supposed to be EFM, I wouldn't recognize her. The nose is too long & pointy, the cheeks should be round (not flat). And of course, she should be smiling.

But I suppose the caricaturists will get better with practice. As proof, Harper and Layton are very recognizable above, Dion not so much.

I look forward to 'seeing' more of EFM in the cartoons!

Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Barrie, ON

p.s. And to recognize us for a non-enviro issue - yay!

Glad to see the cartoonists feel we are a worthy subject, but is the implication here that we stand for poverty? Is it that you have a choice, between an unsustainable, environmentally degraded world, or poverty? Hope not.

Brian Smallshaw
Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA

I thought it was pretty clearly expressing that our party is now leading the way on addressing poverty - in a comprehensive, 'fix for a generation' style via GAI rather than a patchwork of expensive-to-administrate programs which still leave gaps.

The timing is in relation to the policy conference we just had on that topic in BC last weekend. When was the last time a gray party, even the NDP, had a conference on how to end poverty, rather than just demand more money to expand the programs that don't work now?

The cartoon says that EFM and the GPC are staying ahead of the grays - we were onto climate change while they ignored it, now we are also on poverty and they'll have to catch up. We're ahead of the curve. (Standing on the poverty island does not mean we want or will create poverty any more than standing on the climate change island implies we support climate change - in fact, the opposite).

This is a pretty amazing statement from a political cartoonist - very Green-positive, and in a way we want (breaking out of the one-issue-party meme).

Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Barrie, ON

Yes, I thought it should be taken that way; just wondered if anybody might read it wrong.

Brian Smallshaw
Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA

Posted at 10:41 pm by Graeme_MacKay

July 23, 2008   06:03 PM PDT
what does this cartoon mean? is it a gud thing or a bad thing?
Graeme MacKay
July 28, 2008   10:40 AM PDT
The cartoon refers to a news event at the beginning of 2007, when the Green party held a conference to discuss strategies to combat poverty. It came at a time when the three main political parties were in full catch up mode to make it appear they were just as concerned about the environment as the Green Party. The article alongside the cartoon has more context through this link:

Leave a Comment:


Homepage (optional)


Previous Entry Home Next Entry