U.K. to leave E.U.!

P.M. resigns ASAP!

Pound now down!

The headlines rippled ’round the globe overnight as Britons shocked the world by voting to exit — or “Brexit” — the European Union. Next thing we knew, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was stepping down; Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon spoke of a referendum to break with England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and Bank of England governor Mark Carney was trying to assuage investors.

Such a sociopolitical temblor, of course, naturally moves artists and other visual-minded professionals to respond with creative commentary. And one of the more common initial responses was to cite Alan Moore and David Lloyd‘s dystopian graphic-novel masterwork, “V for Vendetta,” which centers on a UK anarchist in a Guy Fawkes mask who murderously plots to topple the government.

“Warcraft” director Duncan Jones, son of the late David Bowie, was among those who wryly pointed to the great ’80s DC/Vertigo comic:

 

Another top British arts figure, Neil Gaiman — himself the creator of an epic DC/Vertigo masterwork in “Sandman” — seemed pithily heartfelt in his response on Twitter:

Elsewhere, here is how some political cartoonists are responding to the Great Brexit Break of 2016:

Herb (Norway):

by Herb / Dagninen, Lillehammer, Norway via CartoonArts International 2016
by Herb / Dagninen, Lillehammer, Norway via CartoonArts International 2016

Hajo de Reijger (The Netherlands):

by Hajo de Reijger / The Netherlands, courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016
by Hajo de Reijger / The Netherlands, courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

Marian Kamensky (Slovakia):

by Marian Kamensky, Slovakia, courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016
by Marian Kamensky, Slovakia, courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

Schrank (Switzerland):

by Schrank / Basler Zeitung, Switzerland via CartoonArts Internationa 2016
by Schrank / Basler Zeitung, Switzerland via CartoonArts Internationa 2016

Hassan Bleibel (Lebanon):


by Hassan Bleibel / courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

Patrick Chappatte:

by Patrick Chappatte, International New York Times, courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016
by Patrick Chappatte, International New York Times, courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

Randy Bish:

Rebecca Hendin:


by Rebecca Hendin / Universal Uclick & BuzzFeed 2016

Darrin Bell:


by Darrin Bell / WPWG 2016

Steve Breen: 


by Steve Breen / San Diego Union-Tribune 2016

Paresh Nath (UAE):


by Paresh Nath / Khaleej Times (UAE) courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

Barry Blitt:

“I was stunned when I heard the news [Friday] morning,” frequent New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt said on the magazine’s website. “And really upset. I just sent money to my kid, who’s travelling over there — if I had just waited, I’d have saved a bundle now that the pound has collapsed.”


by Barry Blitt courtesy of The New Yorker 2016

Read more:

The Great Brexit Break of 2016, as illustrated by classic British literature