Monday, July 21, 2014

World Hunger (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.

World Hunger Media Award-winner by Duffy, Des Moines Register
From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Go back, doc

Truth be told, given how prominently alcohol figured in U.S. life for most of its history it's astounding that Prohibition ever, ever happened.

Best Reason for Time Travel

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scenic route

Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain have come up with a way to find not the shortest route, but the most beaurtiful route from poitn A to point B: 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Comparing and contrasting (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.

From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Breathe easier

NASA satellite images released this week in animated GIF form show how air pollution has decreased across the United States over the past decade.
Nitrogen dioxide pollution, averaged yearly from 2005-2011, has decreased across the United States. Image: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio/T. Schindler

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Be a state already!

Here's a wonderfully mappy explanation from the brilliant CGP Grey of the various places around the planet that are almost, but not quite, entirely like United States.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Existential Comics

Here's a new webcomic for us: Existential Comics.  Philosophers and comics. Fine if you like that sort of thing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Smarty Pins

Google Maps has a new geography-based trivia game called Smarty Pins.  I still like GeoGuesser better.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Made in... (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.

From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What else would the Space Needle be for anyway?

Just when you thought Randall Munroe's xkcd would always get cooler, it does: Here's a map-like diagram comparing the sizes of the various surfaces of solid surfaces. The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
This isn't an informational illustration; this is a thing I think we should do. First, we'll need a gigantic spool of thread. Next, we'll need some kind of ... hmm, time to head to Seattle.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Where the train won't go

Let's do another Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio, this time from the current story arc, where our heroine is confronted by an avalanche that destroyed the track for a holy train to Paris.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Off our maps

This is from much earlier in the Girl Genius saga than some previous examples, as some of the heroine's friends and would-be rescuers are lost in the catacombs beneath the Storm King's lair. Creators Phil and Kaja Foglio have utilized maps several times since then.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gosh sonnet

Here's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic by Zach Weiner being typically unnecessarily profane... with a globe-like thing in the background as shorthand for classroom/learning. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why, monkey?

I think Scott Adams' Dilbert used a globe there in his PowerPoint slide.... but it's not clear why. Outsourcing? And why did the second monkey use it? Monkey see, monkey do?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The invasion of the United States

What if the United States were invaded and occupied by foreign powers over the course of a few hundred years? Ask the Native Americans... and watch it unfold on this interactive map, produced by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt to accompany his new book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Relax (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.

The signature is a bit difficult to make out, but I believe it's:
Jim Borgman - Cincinnati - 1985
From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Atlantic air traffic

Here's a artfully rendered video by air traffic control service NATS of air traffic over the North Atlantic:
North Atlantic Skies from NATS on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Presenting the Wondermap

Yesterday's Chicago Gangleand map was in the style of a "Wonder Map". Antiquarian bookseller Elizabeth Burdon writes that the iconic Wonderground Map of the London Underground, created by MacDonald Gill in 1913, influenced map-makers in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. Burdon calls this type of map a “Wonder Map”: a pictorial production, suffused with whimsy and color, that brings together text and image with a liberal dose of humor. These cartoon “wonder maps” were quick to sell. They weren’t meant to be used for navigation so much as for souvenirs, to be brought home, displayed, and enjoyed.

Clicking on the image below won't make it bigger to see details, but you can explore it extensively at the BBC article about it.

Friday, June 27, 2014

1930's Chicago Gangland

The Newberry Library, Chicago has a cartoon map of Gangland in Chicago from Bruce Roberts in 1931. There are tons of interesting and humorous details. Click to embiggen.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Warm family

This is another AccordingtoDevin webcomic that involves anthropomorphized planets and destruction.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A lesson in Comic Cartography

Amanda also sent in this article from Fine Books Magazine about Comic Cartography
“The plumb pudding in danger.” In 1805 English cartoonist James Gillray lampooned Napoleon (right) and British Prime Minister William Pitt. CREDIT: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, LC-USZC4-8791.
“The hungry customer.” Canada (left) offers Great Britain a breakfast of hot cereal while Uncle Sam’s smaller serving is politely refused. CREDIT: AUTHOR’S COLLECTION.
“The Rhodes colossus.” As the founder of the De Beers diamond mines, Cecil Rhoades was a great supporter of the British Empire. When he announced plans to build a railway and telegraph line across Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, Punch magazine portrayed him as the great Rhodes colossus. The original colossus guarded the Greek harbor of Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and at 30 metres, is thought to have been the tallest structure of the ancient world. CREDIT: PUNCH, 10 DECEMBER, 1892.
“I repeat, we see no signs of intelligent life.” In a world gone mad with nuclear weapons that are capable of destroying the world several times over, cartoonists Roy Careless asks how we could ever possibly consider ourselves to be an intelligent form of life. CREDIT: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA, C-141801.
In this broadside from 1876, Uncle Sam and his family feed the world using their new Uncle Sam wood stove by Abendroth Brothers. From the red, white and blue fabrics, to the Declaration of Independence on the wall, the image is a celebration of America’s centennial. CREDIT: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.
“Heal.” Duncan Macpherson would like us to think that President Jimmy Carter (dressed like a country preacher) has some rather unusual methods for improving the world’s problems. The caricature was inspired by the announcement in May 1977 of a new foreign policy for the U.S. CREDIT: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA, C-112581.
“The French Invasion, or John Bull, bombarding the Bum-boats.” Gillary’s 1793 caricature has the British Isles, in the form of King George III, blasting a fleet of bumboats into the face of France. At the time, there was some concern that revolutionary France might challenge Britain’s sovereignty. Bumboats were small vessels that ferried supplies to ships moored offshore and their reference by Gillray was obviously meant to underline the British monarch’s contemptuous reaction to the situation. CREDIT: BRITISH MUSEUM.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mapping in Excel

The UX Blog of IDV Solutions shows us how to make maps using just Excel. Some of them are rather impressive:

That same data with way more rows and columns.
A bajillion historic hurricanes.

Over 100 years of earthquakes, AKA the tectonic plates of Earth.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Called it (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays. (It's almost been a year of Mondays!)

Peter Brookes, "End of the World," August 7, 2011

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Journal of Geography caption contest

Frequent poster Amanda alerts us that the Journal of Geography used to have a cartoon caption contest.  I'm not sure whether they still do that, however here's a few examples from their caption contest run in the '80s.  At least one of them was from Far Side's Gary Larson. I don't know whether that was commissioned by the Journal of Geography for their contest or if they just borrowed one that the'd done.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tearing us apart

Here's a few cartoons showing various figures tearing apart the map of the United States in the Civil War era.

This first one is almost certainly Thomas Nast:

This second one is definitely not Nast as it shows McClellan in a favorable light, trying to stop Davis and Lincoln from tearing the country apart.  If it's hard to read the speech bubbles here they are:
McClellan: "The Union must be preserved at all hazards!"
Abraham Lincoln: "No peace without abolition."
Jefferson Davis: "No peace without Separation!!"
The true issue or "That's what's the matter"

And finally here we've got a black guy tearing apart the nation: