Comics: the work of Jacky Fleming
The Independent draws welcome attention to the work of veteran cartoonist Jacky Fleming. As the article notes Jacky has been creating clever works for three decades, starting back in her student days submitting work to Spare Rib. Jacky’s work frequently embodies some clever and on-the-nose social observations, especially about inequalities – the differences in the way men and women are perceived and treated, for instance, the vast differences between those at the top making the laws, earning a comfortable living supported by tax-payers yet frequently telling that same population struggling by that they need to make more cuts.
Coincidentally I’m in the middle of reading a history of the United States I picked up during my time off recently at the Book Festival and in the chapters on the 19th and early 20th century periods especially there are many instances of demands for equality for women with men in law, voting franchise and pay and great concern over the increasing way wealth was being concentrated in the hands of a small elite while many who were working for those large companies were struggling to simply make ends meet. An old, old lesson, about history repeating itself, one we’re all familiar with, but which somehow still manage to endlessly repeat on our societies. Which in my opinion makes cutting, sharp social commentaries by cartoonists like Jacky all the more important, keep repeating those lessons till, hopefully, even the most thick-headed leaders learn from them. Check out Jacky’s site where you can see much more of her work, from her cartooning to cards, some gorgeous illustrations and more. And Jacky further endears her work to me with that lovely Searle/Saint Trinians influenced strip in the header above, how could I not love that?