Another cartoon featuring Tony Abbott, another different character model for him. Apparently other people find him difficult to caricature as well; I’m glad it’s not just me.
A lot of topical jokes slipped by while we were doing the Fouriad comics! (Future people, just click back to the previous comic and look in the annotation.) We tried to keep as close to the present as possible, though, so in panel order:
1. March in March, which despite always carrying the tagline “a march for a vote of no confidence in the Abbott government,” was dismissed as a St Patrick’s Day celebration by the Prime Minister.
In a way, it’s kind of a shame that we just had the second anniversary of the comic. Because we named our top five favourite comics, but this is easily my favourite comic we’ve ever done.
I don’t honestly know how many people really know Iron Chef. It’s definitely a ‘thing’ amongst people I know in real life (and in the pages of a certain Australian videogame magazine), but its online presence seems fairly small but dedicated. But it’s such a huge part of my childhood and teenage years. Heck, it’s a big part of my current years. It’s one of those things that, like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, doesn’t let go once it gets its hooks into you. You can’t say that about many cooking shows.
I always described the tone of the show to people as “professional wrestling, except instead of wrestling each other, they fight through the medium of cooking.” Each week, a new elite chef challenges one of the three Iron Chefs to a one-hour intense cooking battle in Kitchen Stadium. And each week, Chairman Kaga, the master of the Iron Chefs, unveils a special theme ingredient for them to work with in the battle. The ultra-seriousness and kayfabe of the thing is off the charts, with Chairman Kaga’s bitter old rival often sending new chefs and cursing his defeats. The commentators’ banter has a strange rhythm and bizarre colour to it that makes the whole thing work, bringing with it a frantic sense of straightfaced humour.
(It also has a soundtrack written by Hans Zimmer. You can’t say that about many cooking shows either.)
You kind of have to see it to understand what I’m talking about. It’s not an easy show to describe, but I don’t have to, because you can watch the entire thing online. (Thanks, small but dedicated fanbase!) I recommend watching at least a couple at random.
I basically wrote this comic about eight years ago. I drew it as a single panel joke, too! (I was far worse at drawing then.) I think it works better here.
And that’s it. I hope you have enjoyed the Fouriad! Now it’s done, remember you can read it straight through in its entirety from here, with only minimal interruptions for second-comic-anniversary-revelry.
Back to regular comics next week! I’ve loved doing story comics for a few weeks, but I’m eager to get back to twice-weekly jokes. A lot of really choice news stories have passed us by for the last five weeks, and we’ve been powerless to do anything about it. “There’s a comic in that,” “There’s at least three comics in that!” “Oh, wait, story.” “This’ll still be topical in three weeks, right?” “I’m going to put my hand on your shoulder and make a glum face now.”
Yes, that’s actually how we talk.
In other news, my solo project Geometrical Safari continues unabated! I am so excited for you guys to see each of the creatures. Sometimes I realize how many of them there are, and it doesn’t really compute with how many I feel like I’ve drawn and written. The actuality is so much vaster than the imagined.