Category Archives: Cartoons

John Lennon’s “Imagine”, Made Into A Comic Strip

Ever imagined a John Lennon song as a comic strip? Imagine no more… Here it is! Imagine by John Lennon, as a comic strip.

 

Lyrics by John Lennon

Artwork by Pablo Stanley

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Exclusive Video of Jacob Zuma Finally Getting What He Deserves

There comes a time when even Jacob Zuma gets what he deserves. Questions are asked because answers are needed. Answers are needed because questions have been asked. And sometimes, the only way to get an answer is with a good, old fashioned klap.

Watch Jacob Zuma get his due.

Who Owns Israel/Palestine Anyway?

The story shared by Israel and Palestine has been told in several stunning films, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it told like this.

 created this (extremely brief) animated history of the land that was at one time called Israel, Palestine, Canaan and the Levant. She even created this viewer’s guide to make sense of what’s happening.

(Want to dive in deeper? Check out these excellent films.)

WHO’S KILLING WHO? A VIEWER’S GUIDE

Because you can’t tell the players without a pogrom!

This should explain all the characters in the video.

Early ManThis Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Early ManThis generic “cave man” represents the first human settlers in Israel/Canaan/the Levant. Whoever they were.Canaanite
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Canaanite
What did ancient Canaanites look like? I don’t know, so this is based on ancient Sumerian art.Egyptian
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Egyptian
Canaan was located between two huge empires. Egypt controlled it sometimes, and…

Assyrian
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Assyrian
….Assyria controlled it other times.

Israelite
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Israelite
The “Children of Israel” conquered the shit out of the region, according to bloody and violent Old Testament accounts.

Babylonian
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Babylonian
Then the Baylonians destroyed their temple and took the Hebrews into exile.

Macedonian/Greek
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Macedonian/Greek
Here comes Alexander the Great, conquering everything!

Greek/Macedonian
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Greek/Macedonian
No sooner did Alexander conquer everything, than his generals divided it up and fought with each other.

Ptolemaic
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Ptolemaic
Greek descendants of Ptolemy, another of Alexander’s competing generals, ruled Egypt dressed like Egyptian god-kings. (The famous Cleopatra of western mythology and Hollywood was a Ptolemy.)

Seleucid
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Seleucid
More Greek-Macedonian legacies of Alexander.

Hebrew Priest
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Hebrew Priest
This guy didn’t fight, he just ran the Second Temple re-established by Hebrews in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile.

Maccabee
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Maccabee
Led by Judah “The Hammer” Maccabee, who fought the Seleucids, saved the Temple, and invented Channukah. Until…

Roman
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Roman
…the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and absorbed the region into the Roman Empire…

Byzantine
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Byzantine
….which split into Eastern and Western Empires. The eastern part was called the Byzantine Empire. I don’t know if “Romans” ever fought “Byzantines” (Eastern Romans) but this is a cartoon.

Arab Caliph
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Arab Caliph
Speaking of cartoon, what did an Arab Caliph look like? This was my best guess.

Crusader
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Crusader
After Crusaders went a-killin’ in the name of Jesus Christ, they established Crusader states, most notably the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Mamluk of Egypt
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Mamluk of Egypt
Wikipedia sez, “Over time, mamluks became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies…In places such as Egypt from the Ayyubid dynasty to the time of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, mamluks were considered to be “true lords”, with social status above freeborn Muslims.[7]” And apparently they controlled Palestine for a while.

Ottoman Turk
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Ottoman Turk
Did I mention this is a cartoon? Probably no one went to battle looking like this. But big turbans, rich clothing and jewelry seemed to be in vogue among Ottoman Turkish elites, according to paintings I found on the Internet.

Arab
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Arab
A gross generalization of a generic 19-century “Arab”.

British
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - British
The British formed alliances with Arabs, then occupied Palestine. This cartoon is an oversimplification, and uses this British caricature as a stand-in for Europeans in general.

Palestinian
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Palestinian
The British occupied this guy’s land, only to leave it to a vast influx of….

European Jew/Zionist
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - European Jew/Zionist
Desperate and traumatized survivors of European pogroms and death camps, Jewish Zionist settlers were ready to fight to the death for a place to call home, but…

PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah
….so were the people that lived there. Various militarized resistance movements arose in response to Israel: The Palestinian Liberation OrganizationHamas, and Hezbollah.

State of Israel
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - State of Israel
Backed by “the West,” especially the US, they got lots of weapons and the only sanctioned nukes in the region.

Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist
Sometimes people fight in military uniforms, sometimes they don’t. Creeping up alongside are illicit nukes possibly from Iran or elsewhere in the region. Who’s Next?

and finally…The Angel of Death
This Brilliant Animation Provides A Brief History Of The Bloody Israel Palestine Conflict - The Angel of Death
The real hero of the Old Testament, and right now too.

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Oppan Nkandla Style!

Remember that annoying Gangnam Style song that circulated the interwebs for months and played in every commercial and ringtone?

Well, it’s back.

And this time it got an Nkandla makeover.

The video features Thuli Madonsela, Schabir Shaik and the Gupta family, as well as his AIDS-preventing method of taking a shower (and much, much more).

The original was forced down by exploiting an archaic IPN law. However, other versions were uploaded. (You can’t stop the internet).

Here’s a few. Find one that works (and share it, so that as many as possible can enjoy it before the Apartheid-style sensors gets hold of it again.

Barry Roux Raps It To You

Check it, my bru! Barry Roux will put it to you.

94.7 Highveld Stereo Producer Brad created what has to be the best Barry Roux parody song ever. Hear it now.

This man has the best Barry Roux impersonation in the world.

Matric Results 2013: What Are People Saying?

The results for 2013 Grade 12 final exams have finally been made available, amid the usual jubilation, tribulation and controversy we’ve come to expect. Wally Walker went quizzing.

Jacob Zuma, the caring man that he is, tried to reassure and support nervous students. Jacob Zuma, uneducated man that he is, forgot that he never was a nervous student.

Jacob Zuma's Awkward Moment

We don’t need no education.

Optimism is always a virtue. If you’re optimistic, anything can happen. Angie Motshekga is an optimist woman. That’s why we had a 2013 matric pass rate of 78.2%.

Angie Motshekga's plan for a bright future

Sacrifice · n. – The practice or an act of killing an animal or person.

Julius Malema – himself a model student – was there to congratulate model students on their success.

A matric certificate is like a death certificate.

Apparently, over 50% of Economic Freedom Fighters are high school dropouts. That could change, thanks to honourable Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

An F for woodwork is still a pass. Just don’t sit on that chair.

The future of Mamparalanga looked bleak. Not anymore. Now there’s hope. Soon the province will surpass everyone’s expectations.

Where is Mamparalanga today? – David Mabuza

The matric pass rate is up. Considerably. “How did they do it,” you ask. Wonder no more.

A for Effort

Effort is a non-compulsory extra credit subject.

You’re supposed to have a matric certificate and be educated, not have a matric certificate and still be uneducated.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. There’s always hope. Others have achieved so much more with so far less.

Anything the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve, yeah.

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Wally Walker - Photographer

Wally Walker – Photographer

Wally Walker is a world traveller and time travel aficionado. He’s been everywhere, and has a habit of blending into his surroundings, often making him hard to find.

Sign Language Expert Thamsanqa Jantjie Shows Off His Unique Signing Skill

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service came and went fairly incident free, except for the occasional mishap. Here are a few highlights.

Thamsanqa Jantjie has many talents, and knows many sign language dialects. He can even interpret angels. Here he is, on stage with American President Barack Obama, to show us the ancient red balloon technique.

By  Bradyn Hopking

Later that day, Jacob Zuma ran into some trouble with a few dissidents. Now is a good time to start making shorter speeches.

 

The Amazing Ordeal of Mandela’s Funeral

Amid all the sadness and mourning there was enough scandal and intrigue to make the funeral of Nelson Rolithlathla Mandela a truly memorable experience.  Wally Walker was there, in the cheap seats, to bring you all the action.

The ANC rolled out the e-toll highway tolling system on December 3rd despite opposition from nearly every sector of society, and two days later Mandela died. Was it the last straw that broke the camel’s back? Could it be that he finally just gave up?

Et tu, Zuma?

Et tu, Zuma?

Thabo Mbeki was booed by the Zuma faction at the ANC’s leadership conference in Polokwane, which lead to him being dethroned as party leader in favour of Jacob Zuma and caused his early resignation as president of South Africa. Would he have enjoyed the Zuma booing? Probably. Just why was Uncle Bob [Mugabe, in the middle, the madly shrieking one – ed] laughing? Because he’s a senile old man.

What goes around, comes around.

What goes around, comes around.

When President Jacob Zuma delivers a speech, it sounds like he’s doing it using Windows 3.1 running Internet Explorer. What we need here is a software upgrade, but we may have to throw out the whole system. Keyboard and all.

Zuma speaks with 8mb RAM

Zuma speaks with 8mb RAM

The sign language interpreter wasn’t fake, he was very real. I saw him with my own eyes. And he wasn’t schizophrenic, he just wanted a cigarette, that’s all.

[“Eish, o batla loose draw, boss.” Translation: “I want a cigarette, sir.” – ed]

obama_interpreter-wants-a-cigarette

When you want to smoke, you want to smoke.

American President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt posed for a selfie at Mandela’s Memorial ceremony. That’s fine. It’s just a picture, who cares? But then Barack Obama had to go and post it on Twitter and hashtag it into oblivion. That was tacky and disrespectful. Never use more than two hashtags.

Obama Selfie

BFF’s

The Westboro Baptist Church, famous for picketing funerals of American soldiers because the United States don’t execute homosexuals and that’s why God hates America and lets its soldiers die, or something like that, plans to picket Mandela’s funeral, because he got divorced, which makes him a philanderer, and that is a sin, and that’s why God hates South Africa. Or something like that. We wish to wish them good luck and a safe journey. Little do they know that God already forgave him. He divorced Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, after all.

[A knobkierie is a short stick with a knobbed head, used as a weapon – ed]

The Westboro Welcoming Party

The Westboro Welcoming Party

Jacob Zuma got booed during his speech. I just got bored. Now he’s on the war path. The ANC mentioned the possibility of taking action against the booers. To prepare, Zuma has updated the infamous and controversial anti-Apartheid struggle song, “Kill the Boer“. I suspect more boos to come. I intend more booze to come. Haven’t these guys learnt anything from Apartheid?

Struggle songs for the struggle to remain in power

Struggle songs for the struggle to remain in power

Reports surfaced that Zuma signed the controversial Protection of State Information Act [AKA “Secrecy Bill] into action while we were being distracted by Tata Madiba’s funeral. This turned out to be untrue. Still, we just couldn’t help ourselves.

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It’s my bill and I can sign if I want to

The Arch can’t win this one. If Desmond Tutu goes to the funeral, he’d be barging in without an invite and be a nuisance. If he doesn’t go, people will say he’s childish and petty because he demands to be asked before he attends the funeral of a friend. Well played, ANC. What a way to snub one of your fiercest critics.

We've seen Tutu dance, and he's been known to protest, so we're certain he's a fan of The Clash.

We’ve seen Tutu dance, and he’s been known to protest, so we’re certain that he’d be a fan of The Clash.

It’s finally over. Mandela had quite enough fanfare for one week. He’ll take solace from knowing one can only die once.

To quote the great Eric Cartmen...

To quote the great Eric Cartmen…

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Wally Walker - Photographer

Wally Walker – Photographer

Wally Walker is a world traveller and time travel aficionado. He’s been everywhere, and has a habit of blending into his surroundings, often making him hard to find.

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*Comic © Alastair Laird. Originally published by Mahala.

Presidential Poker

Presidential Poker, featuring Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Gwede Mantashe, Julius Malema and Nelson Mandela.Presidential Poker

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*Comic © Alastair Laird. Originally published by Mahala