We’ve seen a fair bit of David Ziggy Greene‘s cartooning and comics here at the FPI Blog over the last few years, including Swimming With Shoes On, Where’s North From Here, Snow Trap, not to mention his music review strips in the much missed Stool Pigeon that were an absolute highlight. Over the years his cartooning found its natural home in a couple of publications; first the infamous French newspaper Charlie Hebdo since 2010 and latterly documenting the important issues of the times in the series Scene & Heard at Private Eye.
The strips in Private Eye covered a wide variety of subjects, and over 50 of them plus extensive bonus material / behind the scenes work / extras / filler (delete as applicable) are being collected as we speak/ write, into a 96-page Scene & Heard landscape hardcover coming out at the end of June or early July.
In Scene & Heard, Greene takes a look at a wide range of complex social issues, the sorts of things the politicians and Daily Mail like to be able to boil down to a soundbite or hate filled diatribe, Greene looks at such things as dangerous dogs, depression, squatting, gay marriage, protesting, meat, the free press and more. A lot more.
That he does this using a single landscaped page with several images flowing together to create a conversation and narrative and still manages to get deeper into the subject than most modern media ever bothers to is testament to both his research and his cartooning. Greene’s artwork has a fluid energy about it, informing in a very accessible fashion. Having seen a fair few of these as they came out, I’m keen to see the lot.
One problem with them though … the landscape format means they’re a right pain to get on the blog – I’ve put a few full cartoons below and a section from each below each full page…