From Colonial America to The Syrian Conflict; A New CountryBall Comic!

CountryBall cartoon: Attempt 4 – The opinions of four of the key players considering Syria in the United Nations.
Despite being an abysmal artist, I decided I’d have a go and make another cartoon myself.

If I had had the time and the artistic skill, this would have been a huge cartoon in which I would have combined the opinions of a few more of the Countries and their opinions on Syria following the G20 meeting the other day.

Unfortunately, you have to deal with this

Syria Negotiations

Another attempt at a CountryBall Cartoon

CountryBall cartoon: Attempt 3 – The Anglo-Franco Battle for North America
Despite being an abysmal artist, I decided I’d have a go and make another cartoon myself.

If I had had the time and the artistic skill, this would have been a huge cartoon in which the too-ing and fro-ing of the Battle for the North American continent between France and Britain would have been laid out.

Unfortunately, you have to deal with this

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UK Ball takes USA Ball’s advice. Sort of.

Just in case you haven’t heard of CountryBall’s before, these are the personification of Countries (often based on stereotypes). The UKBall has a monocle and a top hat, USABall wears sunglasses, FranceBall sometimes smokes or drinks wine, AustraliaBall wears one of those hat things (forgive the ignorance please – kudos to anyone who knows what theya are actually called) ect ect. They really are quite funny, and the talented artists really do make them look fantastic.

Despite being an abysmal artist, I decided I’d have a go and make a cartoon myself.

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And so ends my first attempt at one of the CountryBall things which have sprouted up over the last few months. Naturally, the UKBall is my favourite. Just look at the top hat!

General Studies 15/01/13 – The Result

Well. It wasn’t too bad. Still 2 hours of my life I’m not going to get back, but all right.

Just in case anyone was wondering, the two questions everyone had to answer were about Cuts to Public funding for the Arts (so keeping open free museums and galleries ect ect). one source was clearly from a Tory newspaper, and the other was blatantly such a fan of Labour I was surprised it wasn’t their manifesto. Anyway, I concluded that it was only the Governments prerogative to subsidies the arts in a time of surplus – in a recession, then they are hardly a priority. 

From the second set of questions, I answered one about the various effective ways of portraying anthropomorphic things in literature, theatre and film. Basically I talked about how Winnie the Pooh showed children the future – Fear (Piglet), Greed (Winnie), depression (Eeyore)  Frustration (Rabbit) and drug abuse (Tigger). Mentioned Alice in Wonderland and how it was a ploy to increase the sales in white rabbits.Then I ended talking about how unimaginative children were now-a-days because they would rather watch a televised version of a teenage singer’s life  rather than a talking purple dinosaur called Barney who goes on adventures.

For the final question, I chose one which wanted to know ‘If it was desirable or possible for ‘The West’ to outlaw private gun ownership. This meant I could talk about how Piers Morgan is going to get deported (Even though we don’t want him back) and how gun nuts are just really loud – there aren’t really that many of them. I even got a quote from Richard Nixon on the ‘Silent Majority’ which I was quite pleased about.

Overall, an interesting way to spend an afternoon. Can’t help but feel I would get more marks if they turned this into a discussion though. Debate is much better vocally than in written form.