Touching a Nerve
Those who know my life story know that I grew up as the son of a preacher man (‘pastor’, ‘minister’, ‘priest’ … whatever you want to call that job) and have been drawing cartoons throughout my life, very often with religious themes inspired by my upbringing in the Christian Church.
In 2006, I published my first book, called ‘Gone Astray: A collection of (sac)religious cartoons by Jim’, which chronicled my first 10 years of cartooning on ‘churchy’ topics.
Since then, I have had a cartoon panel featured monthly in Touchstone magazine (published by the Methodist Church of New Zealand) – which has touched on wide range of topics relevant to church-going people … as well as those outside church walls who may look in through the windows wondering what the heck is going on inside!
This book will collect together for the first time 120 of these cartoons drawn for Touchstone and other media and will be appropriately titled TOUCHING A NERVE: A CURLY COLLECTION OF CHURCHY CARTOONS BY JIM.
It’ll be an irreverent, often thought-provoking, and (hopefully!) laugh-inducing collection of cartoons that will touch readers’ nerves (and funny bones) on some big topics – life, God, religion, politics, social justice and spirituality in the modern world.
The book will be about 136 pages in full colour, so I’m aiming to raise at least $3,500 to cover an initial limited print run and am offering a few different reward packs as incentives for you to pledge your support.
Thanks for your consideration of this project, and I look forward to your help in bringing ‘TOUCHING A NERVE’ to life!
CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/touchinganerve/touching-a-nerve-cartoon-book
Apologies for the bad pun, but this is all I can think of whenever I hear that statement.
And now I’ve gone and made another. :)
This probably should have been the title of the first movie.
I first thought of this cartoon idea a few months ago, but considering the recent “fire and fury” that has been spewing from the White House of late, it now seems ominously appropriate for this new year just dawning.
Enjoy 2018. If you can.
Sometimes even Demogorgons just want to Netflix and chill...
It’s been a while since I posted a cartoon here, but that’s not because there haven’t been cartoons to do. It’s been a busy year, and good things have been happening. More on that later…
For now, there’s an election on in New Zealand this week. It’s been a doozy of a campaign, and now that’s it’s coming to a close I’m hoping there’s going to be a change of government. That’s probably obvious considering the cartoon above – inspired by this moment from the last few days – popped into my head the minute I read it. He who smelt it, Bill...
We’ll see if all the digging in the dirt pays off for this snide, smarmy Party this weekend. I’m dreaming of something more positive meanwhile.
You might have seen this story a couple weeks back about New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English having a go of some new AR/VR technology.
The cartoon wrote itself really.
May the Fourth III
I recently drew the above cartoon for the Community of St Luke Christmas billboard. Strangely, it made the news. I have no idea why. Since when is honesty controversial?
This cartoon is more personal for me. 2016 has been a tough year. Not only because of the outcome of the US election (and I’ve had to eat my words about that), there’s just been so much awful stuff to crawl through.
Top of mind right now is the heartbreaking situation in Aleppo. How many pictures of dead and bloodied children do we have to see on TV before those in the position to influence the situation actually do something about it? It’s infuriating and soul-numbing.
So, am I thinking Christmas is going to make a difference to that somehow this year? Sadly, no. I just want this year over and done, and maybe come 2017 we can start to rebuild sufficiently so that there will truly be a reason for joy next Christmas.
In the event you need help understanding this cartoon, click here.
Mental Health II
Jim likes cartooning for a good cause. And this is an especially good cause.
Click here to read more about the People’s Mental Health Review.
About a year ago, I was chatting with a friend about my next book project. I’d had a bunch of ideas about what it could be … maybe a sequel to my last book, or an overview of my cartooning careers over the past 30 years … but nothing was really coalescing into a single definitive idea. Then my friend stated the obvious:
“Why don’t you do a book of all your technology cartoons?”
It seemed so simple. And it was. I had been working for the past 10 years in public relations consultancy roles on a wide variety of technology brands, and all the while my cartoonist’s brain had been creating cartoons that naturally picked up on the themes and topics that my PR consultant’s brain was mulling over on a daily basis. I checked my foilio and found dozens of cartoons on technology themes; definitely enough for a book.
Skip forward to today, where I am now very excited to announce that my new book, ‘Sounds Like a Game Changer: A soon-to-be obsolete collection of technology cartoons by Jim’ is complete and is now just busting to get published!
This is where you come in!
From today until the end of June 2016, I am seeking folks keen to support the publication of this book and pre-order copies so I can raise enough cash to print it and bring it to life. I have set up a campaign through Kiwi crowd-funding web site PledgeMe where you can place your order and score some cool rewards as well. Check out all the campaign details here!
I’m really proud of how the content of the book has evolved. As some major tech moments have occurred over the past year I’ve created new cartoons about them, and grouped them into seven distinct topics areas: innovation, devices, life online, tech at work, big data, sustainability and the future. I’ve added some written thoughts to each chapter drawn from my work with technology brands which complement the cartoons and give a bit more insight to their development and reflection on the issues they address.
I’m also super chuffed that my good friend and world-renowned scientist / technology guru Dr Michelle Dickinson (a.k.a. Nanogirl) is writing a foreword to the book! Can’t wait to see that!
So, if you’re into technology and love cartoons, this is the book for you. Be a game-changer, and help me get this book published!
My recent cartoon for Touchstone magazine on the bankruptcy of the terrorist mindset.
Another Easter season … another billboard cartoon by Jim! Here’s the media release from the Community of St Luke about this one...
Church billboard hammers home Easter message to Donald Trump
AUCKLAND, 9 March 2016 - Donald Trump has made an appearance in Auckland today via a new Easter billboard outside a Remuera church.
The cartoon image depicts the Republican presidential hopeful looking across a scene of Jesus Christ nailed to a cross, while holding a hammer in his hand and declaring “I don’t like losers.”
Glynn Cardy, the minister of St Luke’s, says the billboard takes aim at the candidate known for calling a wide variety of people ‘losers’ because Trump’s views are in direct contradiction to the message of Jesus.
“For those of us at St Luke’s, the cross is about politics. Jesus was killed – violently, publically and shamefully – because he spoke truth to power and confronted the leaders of his day about their treatment of the outcasts,” says Cardy.
“To the Trumps of his day, and to those who see winners as having money and power, the Jesus of the Bible was a loser who associated with those rejected by society. And he died broke.
“Jesus had an alternative vision of reality, however. He was a person who sided with minorities and those who were most vulnerable, and it was this that got him killed.”
Cardy says Trump’s comments about Muslims, Mexicans and women are offensive to Christianity.
“I hope that voters in the US will see Trump’s message for what it is, and not make him a nominee for their highest office.”
Cardy says the billboard will remain up throughout the Church’s Lenten and Easter season and as long as the issue of Trump’s candidacy remains undecided.
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Let me say this … I actually don’t think Donald Trump will get to be President of the USA. There are too many smart people in the US who understand the seriousness required for the presidency to let a racist, divisive demagogue take control of the White House. This is the same bunch of people that voted in Barack Obama twice, after all. That was a good call, USA.
That said, I can see Trump becoming the Republican nominee. But if that happens, I expect it will be the end of the GOP. Again it’s an issue of being taken seriously. How could the Republican Party ever look anyone in the face again after handing over the reins to such a vile person?
But of course, there’s his support base. It astonishes me that there are people who call themselves Christian in the US and support Donald Trump – yet there are many of them. If they can’t see how his views are at complete odds with those of genuine Christianity, then they betray the very One they claim to believe in and follow.
I hope Bernie Sanders gets to be the Democratic Party nominee. If he doesn’t, then it will be Hillary Clinton, and she would be a good choice too – although I think she would face the tougher battle at an election. (Too much Clinton baggage.)
Whatever the outcome, it’s going to be an interesting year ahead. But mark my words, Donald Trump will not become President of the USA. God forbid.
This cartoon is a bit late, as Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens was released last month. Fair enough though, I reckon. Lucasfilm were running very late with releasing a decent new episode in the series anyway. (Zing!)
So I saw The Force Awakens one week after it was released, and it was a damn fine watch. Like many, I was captivated by the original trilogy, the first of which (Episode 4: A New Hope) I was too young to go see in the cinema, but VHS tape made up for that. I barely remember seeing Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back in the cinema, but boy do I remember seeing Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. I had won tickets to it by breathing like Darth Vader at a shopping centre which was doing a promo. I also won a vinyl LP soundtrack of the movie that day. So – again, like so many others - the spectacle and story of these films were imprinted indelibly on my brain since boyhood.
Then came the release of the Special Editions. I saw all of them in the cinema, but cringed at the additional new material. Wholly unnecessary I thought, but still great to see them in the cinema again.
Then came 1999 and the release of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Then 2002 with Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. Then 2005 with Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Three films that should have been awesome, but weren’t. And I mean SO weren’t. So much so that today I acknowledge they exist, but I have vowed to never own them and will do everything I can to avoid watching them ever again. (I may give the Machete Order a try some day, but it’ll be with enduring resentment in my heart.)
But back to the new film. The Force Awakens was a joy to watch, and certainly felt like a real Star Wars film, with the same soul of what was there in Return of the Jedi. What I last felt in 1983 has truly awoken again in me, hence the cartoon.
Of course, I always reflect on the parallels of what I cartoon about with my own cartooning journey. I am aiming for this year to be a similar re-awakening for my cartooning after a tough 2015, with some new projects in planning to come to fruition as soon as I can manage them. Do stay tuned for more on that, and pass the time till then with many joyous re-watches of your own of The Force Awakens.
Because, if we can’t just sit back and enjoy the Story of life once in a while, what is the point?
May the Force be with you in 2016.