Remembrance Day Confusion
Occasionally I get my cartoons to run in the Toronto Star, which naturally increases the exposure of my work quite significantly. Here's some analysis of the above cartoon from a snotty* 26 year old Toronto based blogger
who describes herself this way: "Remember that weird kid in school who never talked? This is what's going through her head..."
I'm trying to figure out if I'm reading today's Toronto Star editorial cartoon right. (Yes, that's the Hamilton Spectator cartoonist - that's what the Star printed today.)
I'm seeing in that cartoon the passing the torch symbolism from In Flanders Fields, but it seems to be endorsing that passing of the torch. The characters might be smiling, and at any rate they certainly don't look particularly grim about it. Because they're all soldiers and only soldiers, and because they're all labelled as wars, it really looks to me like the poppy is symbolizing warfare itself. But then he passes it on to a child? With what looks like a smile on his face? Without hesitating or questioning why he's doing so? So they're essentially declaring warfare inevitable without questioning that declaration, or even bothering to look grim while they do it? I don't think that's what my great-grandfathers had in mind when they were sitting in muddy shitty rat-infested holes shooting at each other.*
The text to the right doesn't give a clear interpretation (I think it's a newspaper article, not the artist's own commentary), but it certainly doesn't do anything to make me think my interpretation is wrong.
(On a purely artistic note, the transition from sepia to b&w to colour is particularly good.)
Well, at least I'm glad the sepia to b&w to colour effect was easy to figure out.
* I call her snotty based on a previous posts where she exposes some typically ignorant Toronto-is-the-centre-of-the-universe comments, such as:
I've decided the answer to "Why don't you just buy a small house in Hamilton?" (or some other place with cheap housing and a huge-ass commute) is going to be "For the same reason you aren't buying a dairy farm in Kazakhstan."