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Join me in reflecting on our descent into dystopia

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I ENJOYED my career as a cartoonist behind a veil of anonymity. It was freeing in a thoughtless kind of way. The idea was for people to know my work but know nothing about me as a person. This plan was going brilliantly until I poked my head above the parapet and people inevitably became curious about who I am. They want to hear what I’ve got to say, as well as look at what I’m drawing.

Over the past three years, I’ve gone from being a mainstream political cartoonist to an independent satirical artist whose work is familiar to millions around the world. To some I’m a fearless master of my craft, to others I’m a dangerous conspiracy theorist. Everything about my professional life has been turned upside down. Transition is all the rage nowadays, but this isn’t one I asked for or took hormones to achieve.

Since our descent into dystopia, I’ve drawn more than 300 cartoons targeting every aspect of an unfolding insanity. My work is shared across social media channels, published in newspapers and magazines, made into stickers, posters, pamphlets and T-shirts. I don’t have much control over where it goes or how it’s used and it turns out I’m pretty comfortable with that. As long as people see it. But towards the end of last year, I felt that I ought to find a way of presenting these images together in one place and think more deeply about what they’ve come to signify. 

The idea of an exhibition didn’t feel quite right and a book seemed premature. Besides, I like to challenge myself, as well as authoritarian regimes. So I decided to do something unusual, crazy maybe, and stage a live performance at a London theatre.

The show is called, ‘ART-POCALYPSE: How I Pictured The End Of The World’ and it’s taking place at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of November. The most appropriate time of the year I could think of for an event like this.

It’s going to be me, on stage, with a drawing desk, backed by an enormous screen. I’ll be showing some of the cartoons I created in these unprecedented times, while exploring how and why I drew them. It will be a look back at how all this madness unfolded and a look forward to what might be around the corner. I’ll talk about what made me want to be a cartoonist in the first place, the mechanisms of satire and propaganda, and the nature of dissent in the modern era. Naturally, I will be drawing during the show. 

We want to understand (or I do) how we got here, and where we’re going. My hope is that this show is a dramatic, moving, funny and uplifting way of reflecting on the big picture. 

Tickets for the show are available here.

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Bob Moran
Bob Moranhttps://www.bobmoran.co.uk/
Bob Moran is a cartoonist and illustrator.

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