Plugging Wicking

I’ve been meaning for ages to give a plug to Colin Wicking’s blog. Wicking is the long-time chief cartoonist for the Northern Territory News and Sunday Territorian (the local Murdoch rags here in Darwin). People tend to either love Wicking’s cartoons or hate them. I’m unashamedly in the former category.

croc2.jpgWicking is justly famous for his croc cartoons, and is also the undisputed king of Lindy Chamberlain/dingo cartoons (he’s almost certainly drawn hundreds of them).

The main reason some people hate Wicking is that he’s anything but politically correct. He always draws Territorian women as ugly and us blokes as beer-gutted, blue singlet-wearing pisspots. What an insult! I don’t even own a blue singlet.

lifestyle.jpgWicking’s blog contains a steady stream of his idiosyncratic cartoons (although not, sadly, the ones published daily in the NT News), links to lots of other cartooning sites, assorted posts mostly about cartoons and a weekly round-up of Territory news. I strongly recommend it for at least weekly visitation.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Nicholas Gruen
2024 years ago

Thanks Ken.

Having travelled the world selling cartoons, (well offering them for sale anyway!) take it from me – Australians are just GREAT cartoonists.

Of course humour is a mysteriously parochial affair, but I’d say that half of the world’s greatest cartoonists are Australian.

Can we get a few more Wickings here to liven up troppo?

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2024 years ago

You live Parish! I was starting to think that there had been some tragic episode with a Salty……

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2024 years ago

Yes Geoff (and others), I’ve been doing battle with the university bureaucracy to get more academic staff (numbers having been allowed to fall by attrition to absurdly low levels), and simultaneously acting as undergraduate course co-ordinator and external program co-ordinator in an attempt to keep the joint running.

It doesn’t leave much emotional energy for blogging, and what there is has been mostly absorbed by planning garden renovations with Jen, who has belatedly discovered the inherent creative potential (it’s Backyard Blitz gone Troppo here at Casa Jen’n’Ken) and consequenty started issuing imperial edicts (with which I luckily mostly agree anyway). We have a superb just-finished Balinese pavilion beside the plunge pool, and tropical garden design books are now being assiduously consulted. Jen has joined the aspirational middle class with scarcely a twinge of guilt. She even shares my opinion of David Williamson as a complete dickwad.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been attempting to buy a new car (a Mazda 6) after deciding to get out of the landlord business and sell the block of flats I inherited from the marriage breakup. That too has been eventful, as the first car we bought had its windscreen smashed and assorted panels damaged on the way up from down south on the truck, while the second one I decided on as a replacement got scraped all down one side by some fucktard who was detailing it before delivery. I’ve never actually owned a new car before, and I’m starting to think it might have been better to stick with the old treadly and the 1985 Mazda hatchback. It might have been an old wreck, but at least I never lost any sleep over damaging it. Still, life is sweet if busy.

2024 years ago

Thanks for the plug, Ken. Appreciate it.

Is everybody in Darwin doing Bali garden makeovers? Is it so we don’t have to go there any more?

Jacques Chester
Jacques Chester
2024 years ago

I’ll second the Wicking plug. Probably the funniest thing about working at the NT News is telling people I work there. Their first comment is about some horrible front page, their second is about how Wicking makes it worth buying.

My followup comment is that I have very little to with either, other than raising some of the money which makes both possible.

Of course I have a few Wicking gems stuck up on the walls.