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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:45 pm

Cartoony Sydney Morning Herald leftist Cathy Wilcox:

“Two thousand and five has completely proved to me my ineffectiveness as a cartoonist,” Wilcox says. “Everything I’ve tried to stop or change hasn’t.”


Posted by Tim B. on 12/30/2005 at 12:45 PM
    1. Sounds like DKos.

      It must be either:-
      a) Your Arguments are unconvincing to the general public.
      b) Mind control by republican death lizards.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 12 30 at 01:49 PM • permalink


    1. or, c) your dissent is being crushed!

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 12 30 at 01:53 PM • permalink


    1. Modest isn’t she?

      Posted by Go Canucks on 2005 12 30 at 02:28 PM • permalink


    1. The hell with that, Go Canucks..what I want to know is: what the hell is wrong with Brenden Morrison?

      Posted by NewSisyphus on 2005 12 30 at 04:01 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe lesser stop-and-change goals are in order for Cathy Wilcox’s 2006. Like, say, “stop the bathroom faucet from dripping any longer”, or “change the old living room lightbulbs to those energy-efficient thingys”.

      Posted by PW on 2005 12 30 at 04:06 PM • permalink


    1. “Everything I’ve tried to stop or change hasn’t.”

      Keep up the good work.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 12 30 at 04:43 PM • permalink


    1. “Seventy per cent of people are quite happy about the dreadful things being done at any given time. So the pockets of resistance are stronger, more vocal – and less effective.”

      Not even the slightest consideration that maybe the 70% is right, and she’s wrong.  No, the other side is “dreadful”, and that’s all there is.

      Posted by JayC on 2005 12 30 at 04:55 PM • permalink


    1. Advice to cartoonists:
      Please stop the unfunny stuff – Moir seems to think it is funny to show Howard with one eye – it is Moir who has the one-eyed view. One the credit side his Police Holidays On The Beach and Packer Goes To Heaven Reluctantly were good.
      Wilcox may have been a bit tongue-in-left-cheek in those comments. However, if cartoonists think they are going to change the fortunes of their (apparently) much loved ALP by continuing to put shit on Howard, they are ignoring the bleeding obvious. Voters are more alike to Kerry Packer than to Kerry Nettle.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 12 30 at 05:01 PM • permalink


    1. You’re a cartoonist, Wilcox. Shut up and draw.

      — Nick

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2005 12 30 at 05:28 PM • permalink


    1. My personal favourite for totally missing the point 99 times out of 100 is Bill Leak.
      He is the cartoonist equivalent of Alan Ramsay.  As in, “what can I have a go at Howard about today?”

      Posted by Harold on 2005 12 30 at 06:35 PM • permalink


    1. Who’d have thunk that drawing second rate cartoons was not enough to overthrow the government and bring on the revolution?  I ask again – who’d ‘ave thunk it?!!

      Posted by TonyD on 2005 12 30 at 07:58 PM • permalink


    1. #10 Healthy Harold:
      Ramsey has made an art form on pointless political pieces and rabid rants on Howard … I’d like to think Ramsey would be out of a job when Howard retires, but Ramsey practices on Abbott and Downer just in case I suppose … Leunig is another loony … BTW, a Leunig calendar fell out of the SMH a few weeks ago … and it was the perfect size for the bottom of the birdcage …

      Posted by Stevo on 2005 12 30 at 09:15 PM • permalink


    1. “Everything I’ve tried to stop or change hasn’t.”

      *Steeples fingers* Excellent…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 30 at 09:17 PM • permalink


    1. I’d like to think she’s tongue in cheek, but her comments would certainly explain the complete unfunniness of her toons.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2005 12 30 at 09:20 PM • permalink


    1. Well, nobody beats Leunig for cartoons, ummm, gold. Half the time I don’t even know what he is on about or what he is on for that matter.

      It is really naive to think you can change the world with a doodle.

      Cartoons, literature, art, whatever, can impact on the culture for good or ill, but it’s a long process of osmosis and not a thing that happens overnight.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2005 12 30 at 09:26 PM • permalink


    1. Cartoons that are gold. Honestly, I wish these comments auto-corrected.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2005 12 30 at 09:27 PM • permalink


    1. Stevo
      Why did you want to coat the bottom of you bird cage with extra shit?
      Had the budgie been bad and needed punishing or something. I’m reporting you to PETA for re-education!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2005 12 30 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. Poor doodler.
      Poor, sweet, doodler.
      Poor, sweet, ineffective doodler.

      /giving a damn about said doodler.

      Posted by Thomas on 2005 12 30 at 09:47 PM • permalink


    1. Well, the last SMH before Christmas included several sheets of Leunig gift wrapping paper. Not having a caged bird I added it to our planet’s landfill problem as I had done with his calendar.
      I must be unlucky because I only buy the SMH on Saturdays now. I love the idea of scanning there headlines online, being free to criticise the bastards, but not contributing one cent to the chattering arseholes.

      Posted by Harold on 2005 12 30 at 10:01 PM • permalink


    1. Oops … I forgot this website is sponsored by PETA … what has this site come to when Tim resorts to putting a scantily clad lady on the front page … thefrollickingmole: I let my green budgie out of its cage now and then … a bit like me somehow … Darlene: the only comics weirder than Leunig are Zippy … usually incomprehensible … funny thing is, I quite like Zippy … does anyone else share this fetish?

      Posted by Stevo on 2005 12 30 at 10:23 PM • permalink


    1. My wife loathes Zippy, says she doesn’t understand it.  I just find it a waste of space.  I understand it, I just don’t care.

      As for cartoonists et al changing things, Ms Wilcox: 1)find something needing change; 2) come up with a good alternative; 3)get people’s attention; 4) get people to then consider your alternative; 5) if things don’t change either 6) get more people’s attention, or; 7) go back to 2) and start over, or; 8) get a better alternative/argument, or; 9) get a clue and give up your idiocy.

      You’re welcome.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2005 12 30 at 10:53 PM • permalink


    1. Leunig outdid himself again playing Grinch in The Australian issue before Christmas. Some blather about some kid praying to have all the presents taken away so he could have space (or something like that, can’t find the link).

      You just know he’s the sort of person who, with days to christmas would get down on one knee in front of a young child and, oh so earnestly, explain that there is no Santa.

      Posted by Francis H on 2005 12 30 at 11:00 PM • permalink


    1. You’re a cartoonist, Wilcox. Shut up and draw.

      I looked at all 11 cartoons and I’m still not convinced.  Honestly.

      Posted by kcom on 2005 12 30 at 11:39 PM • permalink


    1. “Everything I’ve tried to stop or change hasn’t.”

      This is bizarre behaviour for the left in that she’s assessing the outcome (or in this case, lack of outcome) from her ‘work’. I was under the impression that results didn’t matter to the left and that it was all about the grand gesture.

      Wonders will never cease.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 12 31 at 01:29 AM • permalink


    1. You just know he’s the sort of person who, with days to christmas would get down on one knee in front of a young child and, oh so earnestly, explain that there is no Santa.

      Better that than earnestly telling the child that there is a Santa, but that the North Pole is going to sink he and all the elves and all the reindeer (yes, Rudolph, too!) are going to drown because of that evil Chimpy McBushitler.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 12 31 at 01:58 AM • permalink


    1. Everything I’ve tried to stop or change hasn’t…
      Ah master Rove’s iron hand in the velvet glove…

      Posted by crash on 2005 12 31 at 02:29 AM • permalink


    1. My kids put leunig’s calender to good use. They do their own drawings and paste them over his, so we have a really original calender each year – one which is a lot better.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 12 31 at 03:46 AM • permalink


    1. Well, she shouldn’t give up, it takes lots of application to become a change-effecting cartoonist like, uh…

      … a change-effecting cartoonist such as… er…

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2005 12 31 at 03:47 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah Cath you’re a dud, so FUCK OFF!

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 31 at 03:51 AM • permalink


    1. One of the great benefits of reading Fairfax online and not in print is that you are spared the risk of accidentally reading its cartoonist tripe (although you miss John Spooner’s wonderful illustrations too).  Being in Melbourne, I’m not exposed to Wilcox’ sniffy preaching, but if it’s anything like Leunig’s or Tandberg’s special brand of left-wing retardation, Sydney’s welcome to it.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2006 01 01 at 12:08 AM • permalink


  1. She’s a cartoonist? That’s funny.

    You just know he’s the sort of person who, with days to christmas would get down on one knee in front of a young child and, oh so earnestly, explain that there is no Santa.

    no, that’s Germaine Greer

    Posted by kae on 2006 01 01 at 06:36 AM • permalink