Cartoons of a Plague Year
Have you got your lockdown essentials? It’s all very well having your mask, hand sanitiser, toilet roll, and sourdough culture; but what about your lockdown entertainment? Drawn from Lockdown is a collection of cartoons by James Mellor which tries to raise a smile through a time of raised infection levels. Drawn during 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic ebbed and flowed, these single panel gags capture snapshots of a very unusual year – from a distinctly sideways angle.
Attempting to find a little light in a dark year, the cartoons cover the impact of COVID-19 on our world, from the strange new measures adopted to combat the virus to the frantic efforts to develop a vaccination and the bizarre ‘new normal’ world of zoom calls and mask wearing that has been established. There are also talking pigeons, hobbits and some police cattle. As you would expect.
James Mellor is a UK cartoonist and author of Drawn From History and Brexit. His cartoons have appeared in Private Eye, The Sunday Telegraph, Business Impact and numerous other publications. He a member of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, the associate illustrator for Lea Graham Ltd. and cartoonist in residence for OVL magazine