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.
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:
Hajo de Reijger (The Netherlands):
Marian Kamensky (Slovakia):
Hassan Bleibel (Lebanon):
Paresh Nath (UAE):
“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.”