December 26, 2003


Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell is one hell of a bitter man. War didn’t work out the way you would’ve liked, Steve?

Posted by Tim Blair at December 26, 2003 12:26 PM

Well, it makes one wish to point out to this Mr. Bell that, in war as in all other things, nothing succeeds like success.

Posted by: Ken Summers at December 26, 2003 at 12:40 PM

what tha?

not sure i quite get the joke.. guess he just thought he'd roll the turkey bit into the "mission accomplished" bit, and throw in some really really big ears for those who laugh at really really big ears..

can we add Bell to the plastic turkey club?

imagine how big those ears will be next year when Iraq becomes a thriving full democratic partner in the war on fascism..


Posted by: wallace at December 26, 2003 at 01:03 PM

Well, after looking at some of his other "works" on the Guardian website, I would add this: Steve Bell has one hell of a sick mind.

Posted by: rinardman at December 26, 2003 at 01:14 PM

Bell is one of that sad, withered and leathery class of bitter hobo- the ex-useful idiot.

Poor Belly boy, it was all supposed to be the global workers paradise by now, instead all the left's celebrity butchers are dead and they're scoffing big Macs in red square. The horrid realisation is prying through his layers of denial that his life was wasted and the other side won. You can expect him to get shriller as the process takes it's course.

Well, fuck him, he'll die soon and we'll dance on his grave.

Posted by: Amos at December 26, 2003 at 01:44 PM

Steve Bell does respect some leaders. Even now, as you can verify at the Guardian site, he draws Saddam with respect. Why Saddam? I don't know. I have emailed him about it once or twice when I criticized him on my site, but have not received an explanation.

Posted by: Jim Miller at December 26, 2003 at 02:15 PM

Jim is right.

The strking thing about Bell is his inability to draw anything funny. He can't do jokes, which, for a cartoonist, is something of a handicap.

Posted by: tim at December 26, 2003 at 02:47 PM

You guys are just jealous of Bell's obvious brilliance. His stuff has been at least equal to anything your hero Jeff MacNelly has produced since July of 2000.

Posted by: Natalie at December 26, 2003 at 03:09 PM

Do they pay this clown for this rubbish? Sheeeesh!

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at December 26, 2003 at 04:25 PM

Well he's better than Leunig, I'll give him that

Posted by: Amos at December 26, 2003 at 04:38 PM

What do they call the 'casting couch' for cartoonists?

Posted by: Peggy Sue at December 26, 2003 at 04:52 PM

The sad part is that he really believes he's doing well. After all, someone is paying him to draw cartoons that are as about as funny as some of those translated in the old Soviet Union's Embassy magazine...Oh wait, I get it now.

The Guardian's editors are at fault. The "bring 'em on" cartoon is particulary pathetic.

Posted by: Winger at December 26, 2003 at 06:54 PM

Steve, Lockheed S3B Vikings land on carriers with the TAILHOOK DOWN. After that major discrepancy how could I take your cartoon seriously at all? (Not that I would anyway)
Natalie, since Jeff MacNelly died in June 2000 I would think your post was satirical.
Houston, Texas

Posted by: Bob Carter at December 27, 2003 at 04:09 AM

"What do they call the 'casting couch' for cartoonists?"

At the Guardian I believe it is called "Polly Toynbee's desk", so I've heard.

Posted by: Ross at December 27, 2003 at 04:44 AM

Oh Christ - get that image OUT of my head, please! To call Polly's face 'lived-in' is an understatement. It looks like it's been squatted in for five years by a vegan street-performance collective.

Posted by: David Gillies at December 27, 2003 at 05:18 AM

Bob, I thought Natalie's post was satirical so I clicked on her name and read her blog - that removes ALL doubt that it is satirical.

Posted by: Ken Bolland at December 27, 2003 at 11:36 AM

Found a picture of our esteemed cartoonist. He's the tosser on the pun intended.

Posted by: Glock_rules at December 27, 2003 at 03:05 PM

Okay..that didn't work. Here's the url:

Posted by: Glock_rules at December 27, 2003 at 03:08 PM