Giant Squid Captured

Icon May 18, 2011

I received a note from David Pope on Twitter, that read “Will plead guilty for this [redacted]. Will plea bargain with this [redacted]”, I will leave it up to you to decide which was guilt, and which redemption.

The first is a response to the proposed mining tax in Australia (and unfortunately gutted – and I say this as someone who works in the mining industry). The second uses images associated with Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility (what a spectacular euphemism).   

The first cartoon, even though it uses a familiar trope, does it is a knowledgeable way. It takes the symbology of the octopus/big business and uses it as a continuation to saga, not a repeat. Or, to put it another way, takes advantage of the trope and gives it a novel twist.

Or maybe I’m just besotted with the idea of a planet-sized octopus smoking a cigar.

(Many thanks to David Pope for letting me reproduce these images).