Courtesy of a dismissive article1 on a protest outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel on March 9th 20102: The Return of the Vampiric Octopus Squid. Giant red vampire squid used to depict the “blood-sucking aspect of trying to make profit … out of people getting sick”1 And then there was the guy dressed up as what looked […]

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Cartoon by Peter Schrank, published in the ‘Independent on Sunday’, on the 23rd Mar 1997. More sleazy tentacles in the ’Cash for Questions’ affair. Image Source: The British Cartoon Archive – University of Kent

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“Sleaze"by Peter Schrank, Published in ‘The Independent’ on the 7th Oct 1996. Relates to the ‘Cash for Questions’ Affair. See also: David Brown cartoon. Image Source: The British Cartoon Archive – University of Kent

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The cartoon by Dave Brown was published in the Sunday Times on the 6th Oct 1996, at the end of the “Cash for Questions” affair. The people illustrated are1: Ian Greer (the Octopus), David Linsay Willetts (left of octopus), Mohamed Al-Fayed (right of octopus, entangled in tentacle), Former British PM John Major (right of octopus – glasses, entangled in tentacle), and Neil […]

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Orange octopus is “The Wave” protest in West London, 5th Dec 2009. (Photo by Paul and Edith/bitospud) There are no obvious slogans on the octopus (or in other photos of it), and given the context of an environmental protest: the octopus is just an octopus (can you hear me cheering?).

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“contra el fascismo y el un frente unico” (against fascism and a united front). Lot of symbology: octopus holding barrel of oil and, corn cob. Hands holding: tools, books, sickle. Similar imagery to the SOA Watch Skulltopus, in the people versus the monster state/corporations. FPR is the Frente Popular Revolucionario Image source: FPR ’Galeria De Carteles’ […]

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Protest poster from Frente Popular Revolucionario (FPR), Oaxacca, Mexico (circa 2008). Protesting against exorbitantly priced bus tickets. The text reads: ‘The bus company octopus has stolen my money! Organize and fight for a fair rate.’ Image Source: Ed Gillespie (7th Jan 2010), Slow Travel: How to buy cheap UK train tickets… (Accessed: 15 Feb 2010) Translation from: Slow Travel and Google Translate.

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Five-armed octopus, with Pentagon as its head, holding gold, oil and missile. ‘Pentagon Tentacles of Power’ by David Dees (circa 2006-2009).

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A fairly standard anti-catholic cartoon. It is titled: “The Papal Octopus – The Pope-Antichrist”, by HE Fowler, and was published in 1913 in an anti-catholic screed. The arms are titled: ‘ignorance’ (‘dupe’), ‘superstition’, ‘subversion’, ‘bigotry’ (‘public school’), ‘evil’, ‘tyranny’ (‘infalibility’ [sic]), ‘greed’ (‘public money’), ‘corruption’ (document labelled ‘civil laws’). The text beneath the cartoon reads: […]

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This is presumably a follow up to ’The Serio-Comic War Map For The Year 1877’1. John Bull and his Friends A Serio-Comic Map of Europe by Fred W Rose Author of “Angling in Troubled Waters”2 1900 The “Refererence” section on the map reads3: REFERENCE Great Britain – John Bull has been attacked by two wild […]

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