Okay, so I’m running out of ideas. That’s pretty much always the case with me though, and when I run out of ideas, I doodle. What follows over the next three days will be a showcasing of some of the… doodliest of my doodles, culminating in a special surprise on the final day.
(it’s not that special)
We begin with a selection from my A Level History notebook; chosen because that’s what I went on to do at Uni. I was going to put them all together in a big MS Paint collage, but then I figured, ‘hey, I can’t be bothered to do that!’ and so the hilarious doodles below are presented individually so you can appreciate the full wit or lack thereof of each one.
Enjoy the cartoons of Henry VII being haunted by the mutilated ghost of Richard III, there were many more than I’m showing here!
Geddit? Cos ‘diet’ is what people eat… but it’s also a kind of parliament-type-thingy? And Worms is a place… but also a creepy-crawly thing? Ya geddit?
Richard III: Oooooh! Ooooooh! Nobody likes yoooou!
Henry VII: Go away, Richard.
Onlookers: Who’s he talking to?
I left in enough of the next page for you to see a flower–that’s what most of the doodles you’d come across in my notebook are of; flowers, stars, suns, hearts… just things that are easy to draw when you have nothing to write even when you really want to.
A German Prince(?): I said League of Torgau, not Torgo!
It’s another pun, but this one’s only funny if you’re familiar with both the German Reformation and Mystery Science Theater 3000, which I’m guessing amount to about three people in the universe.
Also, butterflies. And some weird fucking face on a dome on wheels.
The illustrations of my youth also served to remind me what happened in history… even though it would have been far more efficient to just read the text, like this little cartoon about Henry VII’s inheritance taxes.
Henry VII: That’ll teach you to inherit land!
A Noble: Oh yeah, I’m really not going to rebel now!
Richard III: It’s their own fault for betraying me.
Notes: Charlie [Emperor Charles of the Holy Roman Empire] sacks Rome.
Charles: Rome, you’re fired!
Because puns are the highest form of humour.
… and of course we moved on from Henry VII to Henry VIII eventually…
Henry VIII: We shall dissolve the monasteries… With HYDROCHLORIC ACID! HA HA HA HA HA!
Richard III: I miss Henry VII…
Tune in tomorrow, where the story of doodles continues… to not really be a story or anything. Just doodles. And post your own while you’re at it, they’re the modern day manuscript illuminations!
(In the same way Twilight is the modern day A Tale of Two Cities, that is)