The above is a Twitter Moment of all my cartoons I did this year for Gair Rhydd, finished off this week in 1099 with a hot take on graduate prospects. In Politics, I wrote about the supposed Tory swing in Wales, but it was a little upstaged by an interview with the publisher of the research in question, Prof. Roger Scully, overleaf. I'll admit the Societies section is maybe not top spec this week but I tried to go all out on the design side with a "splash" of Photoshop...
I also did the doodle on the back cover of this year's last Quench.
I'll admit these, my last two issues of involvement with student media, were planned to be a little more grand than they ended up being. But I've been doing work experience, a lot of revision and even fitting in the gym, so it just turned out to not be the case.
In related news however I was nominated for Scoop of the Year along with Hugh for our research into the eye test advertisements in the optometry school, though we didn't win. Michael Hill of JOMEC, judging, said of the piece:
An interesting take on an issue that most people won’t know anything about. Very thorough research into the profession allied with a survey to underline the main point of the story.
You'll actually find two of my cartoons in this week's Gair Rhydd. One is in the usual spot on page 2, using the frame of the Oscar mixup for a cheap shot at Gerry Adams (he he, shot). The other is at the top of my 1000 word article on the elections and how to reconsider the way you think about them- I certainly have! I'm proud of this article. I also interviewed the Jailbreak winners for this week's Societies, and Spotlit Stitch Soc. As well as editing the rest of the section obviously.
Meanwhile, in Quench, I wrote two pieces for Video Games, one on Virtual Reality and one on game pricing. I also drew the back page doodle and contributed to the museums piece.
Spotted any Toms recently? Hope you voted them in for VP Societies. So did 470 other people.
Unfortunately, my ultimately unsuccessful election run meant I couldn't do any student media for two weeks. This did however allow me and my team (most drawn from last year's Quench team) to focus on making a damn good video. I got an article on the Tab about it (of course GR mentioned it on their liveblog but publicity like that is not possible when, as a Union publication, they have to remain impartial). We reached amazing numbers, and only partially because of the Tab:
Here are my estimates (and I know Facebook's views aren't too accurate):
Click to watch behind the scenes
Click to watch side by side
Click through to archived "Vote Tom" page
Had a bit of fun this weekend with the Diff Films 48 Hour Film Challenge! Was very proud to win Best Editing (you may see a few pieces of text flailing around on screen, that was me, amongst other things which are less noticeable). Thought that might make the video worthy of being added here on my Portfolio!
Also this week, very proud of my cartoon in Gair Rhydd 1090 but Societies was relatively simple, with only enough content for one page.
Some fun and some flavour once again in the Societies Section, which I grow increasingly proud of. We might not win best section (will probably go to something more widely read like Comment or Politics) but we have the most efficient article to page ratio! 7 articles in 2 pages compared to usually 3 or 4 in the rest of the paper. Whether that actually is a good thing is up to you...
GR 1088 featured some upbeat stuff about Airsoft and Film, probably my favourite societies to attend as a member- so that was enjoyable and simple to write about.
GR 1089 featured a triple whammy for the last ish of the year. That efficient society section I mentioned with my humorous Take Me Out article and spotlight on English, a Christian Union article the CUers were very happy about when I posted it on their Facebook page, a decent cartoon and also an article in comment about cycling. Although my line aping Good King Wenceslas as "Sire he lives a good drive hence- and he probably voted Brexit" got changed to "Sure he loves..." grumble, grumble, etc.
I also got an article up on Quench online discussing my favourite Christmas song, Red Cortina, reflecting on the sense of melancholy over pure enjoyment that develops with age.
Now, er, anyone got any jobs going, preferably starting in about June 2017?
GR 1085, 1086, 1087, Q3 1, Cartoons, Societies, Whatever you want, I've got it coming out my ears and I barely have time to update my blog.
If you can't tell from the cartoon, the thing bothering me that week was an essay deadline, which was fast looming. And I've felt weirdly busy ever since, finding it hard to find time to do little things like update this blog. Also check out that quiz in societies- probably my best InDesign work... i'm not even kidding. Proud of that.
Facing a bit of a pickle on deadline night, and feeling all out sad that I didn't get to use the toon I had ready for Clinton to win (pictured below)- though I was happy that Louis got his turn- I decided to pep up the Societies pages with a crossword- an old trick I used to do when making a magazine for my friends at school (more news on that old thing soon, maybe). Try it!
Back to my rightful place on the toon slot this week, where I have become sort of unofficial editor. I tell the other guys what pitches there are from the editors, they try to come up with something related. I think Louis is onto something this week, it may even become the case that we swap between the two of us for the rest of the year. In Societies, I've done the usual spotlight for Act One, complete with InDesign tomfoolery.
Q3- a new magazine by my friend Eleanor, the first issue of which being about internet culture (I'd have to admit, I'm a bit of an expert in the field, ladies, control yourselves). I did the MS Paint comic on the back about Facebook.
Some thoughts of my own, since I don't get the top of page 2 to blog on like Maria does (she works hard for the privilege, in fairness): I'm really stepping quite far away from the sections I want to be in, I haven't written for Comment all year and that's stressing me out, I really need to sink my teeth into some Badvice again. I'm really happy cartooning is going well, and I've come up with an idea, as I said, to revive an old magazine I used to work on in my school days for a tenth anniversary special which will showcase my current level of talent. What it doesn't do however is show my talent for writing- which I believe has gotten better as I have become much more involved in the library, in my course, in remaining and even becoming more curious about life in general, and becoming a more considerate internet user. As soppy as that sounds, it's also big words- my next challenge is to prove to myself and the world that, far from just criticising other student writers for badly thought out opinion pieces, I have it in myself to one up them. Until then, I don't have a leg to stand on. Maybe I should practice by going back to the Buff blog? Very funny...
Also, at least if I only wrote opinion pieces no-one could complain. Someone always finds something wrong when I write about their societies. Hey- nobody's perfect!
In this week's GR I messed with the cartoon format.
Societies features an article about climbing.
Also most importantly, my look at Optometry in news, having orchestrated a survey and everything! I've put this as the pic for this post because that is the bit I'm most proud of. Between me and contrib Hugh we probably put about 7 hours work into it, 9 if you include the 2 hours I spent in the sight test.
I'm also painfully aware of the spelling mistake in the headline, which I did not write. Let's assume it's a pun on contact lenses...
In a mad effort to get dodgeball into sport, I ended up finishing off a whole page for the sports eds! There's also a societies spotlight for comedy though Aletheia edited this issue's societies. Best of all of course there is Farage the clown on page 2.
This week I begun my other regular feature in GR aside from the cartoon, Society Spotlight. In this I'm featuring a society every week by attending one of their sessions and just writing about what happens, then asking a member to give me some details on what people can expect from further sessions. I also wrote the Give it a Go puff, and the second cartoon appears on page 2.
Here is GR 1082 online.
Meanwhile, in Quench, I got my "Blind Date" illustration on the back. The front is better.
Having finally got round to finishing my Fringe blog off with a giant post explaining all sorts of things, I'm thrust back into the Cardiff campus scene once again.
(I should add- please do read my Fringe blog, I put a huge amount of effort into it, probably more effort in one month than I put into Quench all of last year. I did most of it on mobile as well or public computers, so it was really a pain to do when fitting between shows and volunteering at theatres. I'm very proud of the finished products and I think I made some good contacts in the theatre world, even though the blog didn't come out that well, I didn't make too many lifelong friends or lovers and I was also really ill and bankrupt by the end.)
Now the job of societies co editor and possibly temporary position as cartoonist on Gair Rhydd have begun, the first issue has only been online because the SU can't afford to print it, which is a real shame. I, and many others who've told me, think I've done a great job on the first cartoon, shown here, and it's a shame to have such a limited audience.
Never mind though- there's a lot more where that came from (hopefully).
Journalism and Sociology graduate from Cardiff University.