Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The TALKING DEAD

Inspired by the recent controversy surrounding the ever controversial shock jock Alan Jones, here's my addition to the fray: The Talking Dead. For those unaware of the backstory, Alan Jones (a staunch Liberal supporter) told a private conference of young Liberals that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's father who passed away recently from cancer, "died of shame' from how she's been leading the country and her politics. Thankfully a journalist who was at the conference had the aptitude to record proceedings on his phone and it was reported in the newspapers shortly after.
A hastily called public apology was then given by Alan Jones and 2GB, which turned out to not really be an apology at all, and more of the same regular mouthing off by mr Jones about the Gallipoli where he compared himself to a digger in the trenches, the Carbon Tax, Labor, and anything else he could think of.
Obviously the man is a wise and considered voice of the nation!
Backlash was extreme, and several petitions have sprung up to hassle the advertisers during Alan Jones' breakfast show and calling for boycotts of their products and services. They listened.
At time of writing, all advertising was pulled, AJ lost his free Mercedes Benz, along with other lucrative deals, as advertising companies didn't want to be associated with the politics.

Chances are good that they'll creep back and advertise on 2GB and AJ's breakfast show under other guises, but for now, the public outcry has been heard- people just aren't putting up with his hate mongering crap any more.
More about it here, and here.

SA Premier's Reading Challenge Poster Comp.

Designed for the 2013 SA Premier's Reading Challenge the brief was to create a poster that reflected the theme 'Discover the world of Reading', taking into account new technologies such as ebooks and apps that are now associated with reading. The key message for the piece was that reading opens doors to life opportunities such as excitement, sport, travel and knowledge.
I chose to show how reading a good story, regardless of the medium, can truly spark the imagination inside all of us and create wondrous experiences that can inspire us in real life.
The design is one of three commissioned from different illustrators for the competition which sees all students from across the state able to vote on which illustration they would like to see used in all PRC promotions the following year.



Voting has closed and the winning poster illustration will be announced some time in November.
Stay tuned...


The WEEK Folds!

Sad news- The WEEK Australia has folded!
Citing poor advertising revenue, lackluster subscriptions and sales, Dennis Publishing has pulled the pin on the antipodean enterprise. A pity, as it was a great little magazine and the team behind it all in Sydney were terrific to work with. Regular illustration gigs like that are a rare gem and I'm sorry to see it go.
Here are the last 3 covers I did for them.