my life as a sketchbook

I have hidden in a sketchbook and a journal all my life. Time to open the books, reframe the story & time. Copyright Cinders McLeod. All rights reserved
I’m a Girl!

I’m a Girl!

HarperCollins picture books: I’m a Girl encourages girls to be more active, I’m a Boy!, to be more self-reflective. Available wherever eBooks are sold

HarperCollins picture books: I’m a Girl encourages girls to be more active, I’m a Boy!, to be more self-reflective. Available wherever eBooks are sold

I’m a Girl! and I’m a Boy!  eBooks make a perfect gift for the cartoonists & free spirits of the future

I’m a Girl! and I’m a Boy!  eBooks make a perfect gift for the cartoonists & free spirits of the future

Tumblr friends are invited to the eBook launch of I’m a Girl! and I’m a Boy! at The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St, Toronto, Mon May 5th, 7pm. For those who can’t (and can) make it, the books are available wherever eBooks are sold
 

 

Tumblr friends are invited to the eBook launch of I’m a Girl! and I’m a Boy! at The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St, Toronto, Mon May 5th, 7pm. For those who can’t (and can) make it, the books are available wherever eBooks are sold

 

 

18 years later, my children continue to inspire my work. I’m a Girl! and I’m a Boy! were just published by HarperCollins. They are available wherever eBooks are sold. The books encourage children to march to the sound of their own drummer, to challenge gender stereotypes and to embrace themselves.The spirit of Broomie Law lives on

18 years later, my children continue to inspire my work. I’m a Girl! and I’m a Boy! were just published by HarperCollins. They are available wherever eBooks are sold. The books encourage children to march to the sound of their own drummer, to challenge gender stereotypes and to embrace themselves.The spirit of Broomie Law lives on

My first Broomie Law cartoon came out 3 months after Anya was born. Anya is Broomie Law. My feisty lasses.

A few years later, when we were living in Glasgow, I had to send Anya to nursery school. I hated doing that. I’m still haunted by the image of her wee face pressed against the window pane, waving me goodbye. Oh, if I could go back. Someone must have told her Broomie Law was a place not a cartoon as she started asking me, on parting “Are you going to the Broomie Law today?”

My first Broomie Law cartoon came out 3 months after Anya was born. Anya is Broomie Law. My feisty lasses.

A few years later, when we were living in Glasgow, I had to send Anya to nursery school. I hated doing that. I’m still haunted by the image of her wee face pressed against the window pane, waving me goodbye. Oh, if I could go back. Someone must have told her Broomie Law was a place not a cartoon as she started asking me, on parting “Are you going to the Broomie Law today?”

Broomie Law was inspired by my children, Diarmid and Anya. Our home was our office. My children, my co-workers. Their drawings graced the pages of my sketchbooks. It was their world my generation was screwing up.

Broomie Law was inspired by my children, Diarmid and Anya. Our home was our office. My children, my co-workers. Their drawings graced the pages of my sketchbooks. It was their world my generation was screwing up.

So I guess I got off my victim’s couch and created something – not a pastiche but my own style, perspective and definition of what a political cartoon could be.

So I guess I got off my victim’s couch and created something – not a pastiche but my own style, perspective and definition of what a political cartoon could be.

So this how the cartoon I created in reaction to the male, white, middleclass, downtrodden, honest citizen of the big nose style, started life…

I took the bus the day I went to speak to Jackie McGlone, Features Editor at the (Glasgow) Herald. 1996. I was pregnant with Anya. Jackie offered me a regular spot. On the bus home, I wondered what I could call my cartoon. I pulled the bus ticket out of my pocket. Destination: The Broomielaw. Broomie Law. The law of the broom, the home, the domestic law. A name was born.

So this how the cartoon I created in reaction to the male, white, middleclass, downtrodden, honest citizen of the big nose style, started life…

I took the bus the day I went to speak to Jackie McGlone, Features Editor at the (Glasgow) Herald. 1996. I was pregnant with Anya. Jackie offered me a regular spot. On the bus home, I wondered what I could call my cartoon. I pulled the bus ticket out of my pocket. Destination: The Broomielaw. Broomie Law. The law of the broom, the home, the domestic law. A name was born.

Political cartoons are in the eye of the beholder. And the beholder is male

Political cartoons are in the eye of the beholder. And the beholder is male