As we close the chapter of pre-referendum comics on this blog, here’s a fantastic illustration by comics creator and illustrator Claire Hubbard (aka Emseeitch). Claire says:
"I have always been a yes, ever since there was a whiff of the possibility of an independent Scotland. Ever since the 2010 general election, as I watched red and yellow sweep the election result graphic but somehow end up under Tory rule, I felt so powerless - my vote didn’t matter. It became increasingly clear that the wants and needs of the people of Scotland were being ignored, and Westminster just didn’t care about that silly wee country north of “the North”.
I drew this map as a banner for Yestival - a tour organised and orchestrated by National Collective (a fantastic grassroots organisation for artists who support independence). While researching and drawing the map I realised how little I really knew Scotland; the geography, outline, architecture, culture… but the more I drew, the more knowledgeable I became, and my need to experience more of this beautiful country grew.
Being on the side of Yes has been fantastic. I have met and had conversations with so many lovely, intelligent and passionate people. There is a real sense of hope and desire for change…it’s electric. I think a lot of us have become incredibly politically charged. Soon it will all be over but whatever happens, I can envisage the people of Scotland becoming more active in protests, marches, petitions etc. Whatever the result, we are not going to just accept social injustice and corruption lying down.”
The campaigns may be coming to an end, but we hope that Scotland will continue to engage in politics through the medium of comics. The submissions we’ve received over the past few months have been fantastic, and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Comic Soapbox project so far. See you on the other side!
"This is a vote that I feel incredibly proud to be part of. I’m lucky to be here at this time to be a part of it, regardless of my personal choice. That’s the message that I’d like to spread, seize this opportunity to vote and make a genuine difference. Whatever the outcome, change is inevitable and something in this country has shifted. We are witnessing our own personal bit of history and I want to tell my kids about how we changed Scotland/the UK.
Actually I don’t have kids but I will find some and tell them.”
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Today we’ve got a nice wee piece by Steven Ingram.
"In the comic I’ve tried to capture how this referendum is different from a normal vote. I wrote about a "missed opportunity" and independence "not going back in its bottle so easily". What I mean by that is in the future,…
I was looking through some old files in the dusty, forgotten parts of my hard drive and found this, my Friend-Unit dancing GIF that I made ages ago. I thought it was lost for ever so I’m glad I found it! It’s not that great quality but its quite fun :)
And in a stunning turn of events I’ve printed a collection of some of my older comics called The Saddest Whale & Other Stories. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages and kept putting off, but I’m really pleased with how it has turned out :)
Thanks for checking them out.
Just reblogging this to add that the Left Part 3 and The Saddest Whale & Other Stories pdfs are now up on Gumroad for £1 each if you want ‘em.