Many thanks to everyone who came to the Pocket Money Loans store at Shangri-La, Glastonbury 2016. Also massive thanks to everyone on the Shangri-La crew, especially Simon Vaughan, Kaye Dunnings, Moses, Willy, and the utterly brilliant Spider. Met some absolutely superb human beings and had an impossibly great time amid the mud and the misery. And of course gigantic super-thanks to everyone on the Pocket Money Loans staff who saved my life and my sanity on several occasions, David Jones, Hannah Logic and Justin Carroll. Smashed it.
As seen at Glastonbury and Roskilde festivals this summer.
Available as a poster or a postcard. The original artwork is also available for sale. Edition of 10, funds go towards the creation of a Thomas the Tank short film which will feature all of his loveable friends:
THOMAS THE TANK - Project page
The Action Man: Battlefield Casualties film I wrote for Veterans for Peace UK, directed by Price James (Agile Films) and featuring Matt Berry is now online. You can watch it above but please share our dedicated website www.battlefieldcasualties.co.uk which has facts about child recruitment in the British armed forces and details about our MP letter writing campaign.
I'm getting into the Yuletide child-tat frenzy market.
IN THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE COLLECTOMATIC TOYBOTS® AND THE SNAPPABLE OBJECTOTRONS® THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WINNER...
I've been really busy lately working on a new project, sunning myself in Ireland and supporting an attempted coup in Scotland so haven't had much time to produce much for the blog of late. I thought I'd repost something I made two years ago instead.
Normal service will be resumed shortly.
As part of my Join the Army comic I made this poster of three Action Man 'Battlefield Casualties'. If you're not already aware of it, the British military have their own line of children's toys which tend to focus on how much fun war is, (called H.M. Armed Forces). I wanted to make something of an antidote to that.
I also recently wrote a short article for Veterans For Peace UK about the project and military advertising in general. You can read it here.
These will been shown at the launch exhibition for the comic, more details here.
Baby's First Baby has been getting a lot attention recently, featured on BoingBoing, Gizmodo, The Huffington Post and Dangerous Minds. Perhaps the crowning moment however, is the story today on the Daily Mail website. I look forward to seeing what that the Mail readership make of it.
It seems like the majority of commentators have misunderstood my intentions however and decided I'm making a comment on reality tv shows exploiting teen pregnancies. I'm not. It's about the way these toys intrinsically train girls to have and care for children while they are still only children themselves. If you look in any toy catalogue the girls section is wall-to-wall babies and prams, make-up kits, kitchen sets and hoovers. We complain that children are growing up too quick, getting pregnant too early, when the only toys we give them teach kids to act like adults and prepare to have babies. It's goes without saying that teaching young girls that these are the type of things which adult women should and do concern themselves with is also a very narrow definition of womanhood.
This image in particular inspired me to make Baby's First Baby.