Top 10 of 2012: Alastair Laird

It’s been a big year for Alastair Laird, he got to offend countless people over and over, got paid, made a new friend and got a girlfriend. Here’s his top 10 of 2012.

 

10. The ‘Fluffy White Bunnies’ web comic strip by Bob and I

At the beginning of the year I thought I hated Bob, his mates and his blog. Coz I didn’t know him, them, or it. We met at Columbo and he gave me free coffee on The Factory Café’s dime. A peace offering as it were? We decided on a web comic strip feature which I’ve drawn and he’s posted online 43 whole times already this year. Quite an achievement? Suffice to say I remain an outsider with regard to what goes on at DIY aside from this humble contribution. :’(

 

 

9. Having a ‘Babalon’ Comic Rejected By ZA News Network

So I was steadily doing these comix about my orange fictional cartoon dude Randolph and his antics for ZA News Network’s Thierry Cassuto– whoever the fuck that is. One of Zapiro’s mates, supposedly. They called me up in the beginning coz they liked my shit and I generously endowed ‘em with a strip a week, as I do. They ran the content each time, and each time I managed to swiftly skip the editorial step of “Do you like it? Are you happy? No changes?”. I was stoked, then, like a week ago I sent them the ‘Cliff Hangar’ strip and I got a phone call from a disgruntled foreignour: one Thierry Cassuto, who was taken to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission a week prior over some Jesus joke he put on Top TV (stupid move). In a nut shell, he was shook up, shaking in his boots. My cartoon dealt with bearded men, turbans, bombs and planes. ‘Nuff said? Assholes. One thing that stumped me is their initial assumption that I’m the sort of writer who gives a damn about current affairs. I don’t, I’m an ostrich with my head in the sand.

 

 

8. Agenda

I put out my own comic book this year. It was the shit!

 

 

7. ‘Stroobz the Douche’ and ‘The Last Nub’ on Mahala

Andy Davis and I were equally perterbed about the arrival of Linkin Park to our shores, so we made a comic about it. In the same comic we mentioned how a few other blogs had falsely raved about this atrocious arrival. My City By Night took a particular offence at this satire, or it seemed that way. Do you ever really know on the internet? What resulted from this was a bitter “open letter” defaming me and Mahala*, which indeed was amusing to say the least. Then I utilised my anxiety and rage to make another comic in response. All this was quite a memorable moment for me.

*Note they took down their article, but we left ours.

 

 

6. ‘Report/Block, Unsubscribe From…’ on Facebook

People complain. “Did you see what so-and-so put up on Facebook? Did you see that meme? I’m sick of being tagged in such-and-such.” There’s profile review. There’s unsubscribe. There’s the option to block, and you can turn off your wall. So I use those things, and so should you Nobody likes a whiner… LMFAO!

 

 

5. Bob Perfect Considering Me a Friend

When the Tuesday morning panic erupts, and I’m actually out of bed pacing the floors like a caged animal that’s when Whats App comes in handy. Bob and I script Fluffy White Bunnies over chat. And not so long ago I did a drawing for him and asked not to be credited. He referred to me as “a good friend of [his]…” on the social networks. This brought a tear to my eye and touched my heart. Call me a softy but I am the King of Mushy.

 

 

4. Realising Roger Young is Quite a Dick

You know, folks had warned me, however I tend to draw my own conclusions. Roger was a central theme in some of my earlier “work” and with that always came the idea, which people clung to, for dear life, that I had some sort of man crush on him or that he was one of my favourite people in the world. He never was, sorry fella’s. He always made for good material though. But ja, I don’t even know him that well. I think this is all about an inbox he sent me the other day with a swear word in.

 

 

3. Inkstuds Radio (inkstuds.org)

CITR 101.9 FM’s radio show where they talk about comix. This guy Robin McConnel interviews alternative cartoonists when he’s not at his shitty low paying job and posts the MP3 podcasts online at inkstuds.org. There is no money in small press and independent publishing, but man oh man is there passion. These podcasts have cast insight into the lives of some of the (who I consider) greats and positively affected my attitude toward my cartooning career.

 

 

2. Successfully Having Avoided Full Time Employment

Freelance is not always the tits when you’re eating canned R10 foods day-in and day-out. But you can dream, man. You are open to opportunity, possibility and variety. Basically, you can’t get lazy and do nothing coz there’s no time to do so. You don’t have some corporate shit head breathing down your neck coz you don’t wanna be where you are and you’re tryna shirk work, pass it on or draw it out. And in the spirit of Do It Yourself, I will continue to do so. As long as I live. Just don’t tell anyone how I live.

 

 

1. Tessa-Mae Hadlow

She’s the best!

 

Check out more of Alastair’s work on his website

Comments
6 Responses to “Top 10 of 2012: Alastair Laird”
  1. luke says:

    alastair. PLEASE make some ‘friend of bob perfect’ t-shirts. so, so, so good.

  2. Jessica says:

    Yoh! This was like a 13 year old girl’s diary entry. You’re not invited to my party anymore.

  3. Alastair says:

    Good idea Luke. I’ve never liked parties Jessica.

  4. AnalogueGirl_ says:

    Best bit was the drawing of yourself, so happy and excited. And good to get an insight into who you are via your words this time and not just your comics.

  5. someou says:

    i think alistair doesnt shmaak me cos i chowed his steki, but i think hes a really kiff ou and i miss him stacks x

  6. Alastair says:

    I’ve always liked you Bobby, I’m in Cape Town too at the moment, we should have a draught.

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