Keep Calm and Carry on Drawing

March 19, 2009 in Comment

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PCOer Royston Robertson writes:

The World War Two propaganda poster Keep Calm and Carry On is proving to be a big hit in recession-hit Britain, so I came up with a version for cartoonists. It’s not hard to see why people love the 1939 government poster, they’re embracing the “Blitz spirit”, and refusing to let the economic downturn get them down. Here’s the original image, below:

But, as a cartoonist friend said to me recently, “Your whole life’s a credit crunch when you’re a cartoonist!” Like many self-employed people, cartoonists do find it tough-going sometimes, recession or no recession. You may not be selling enough work, maybe not getting enough commissions … it can feel tough. But, all you can do is keep calm and carry on, as the poster says, and hope that something turns up. It usually does.

3 responses to Keep Calm and Carry on Drawing

  1. I couldn’t agree more. But can you imagine the start-up business manager’s reaction to the bit in your business plan that refers to the “something will always turn up” option.

  2. Yep Keeping on keeping on. AND we enjoy what we do, mostly.
    There’s a little shop close to my local Tesco. In the last 18 months its been; a hairdressers; a tattoo parlour [why “parlour”?]
    a cut price sofa shop, a Chinese medicine shop, and just lately, a beauty parlour[that word again] So I suppose if the wheels really do come off cartooning, I know a little place which is regularly available and won’t need painting. Don’t know what I’d sell though.

  3. I’ve seen this happen so many times in poorer areas of towns and cities. Businesses open that you know just won’t work, and of course they eventually fail. The satisfaction of your wisdom doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t sympathise with the ambition and dreams of those that have naively tried and failed.

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