Comic in support of
for fair pensions. Making comics is good stress relief, as is seeing so many supportive colleagues and students.
Updated to include day 2: some positive signs of progress, still a long way to go.
Day 3: snow, support, and strengthened logistics.
Day 4: grateful for excessive use of GIFs and for gritting lorry drivers.
Day 5: glimmers of hope
Day 6: solidarity in comics form
Day 7: solidarity continues
Day 8: media coverage
Day 9: solidarity through comics and booze
Day 10: The Thick Of It fanfiction
Day 11: the power of beeps
Day 12: we are institutionalised
Day 13: a university is a big school
Day 14: la lutte continue
Action short of strike week one: back to work but not quite back to normal
Action short of strike week two: this has gone on too long to quit now
Action short of strike week three: the emperor’s underpants are unravelling
Action short of strike week four: nostalgic about the future
Limbo one: hello is this thing on?
Limbo two: maybe nobody knows anything anyway
Limbo three: bad ideas agency strikes again
Limbo four: an overwhelming surplus of diggity
Limbo five: they said I’d better take anything they’d got
Limbo six: aesthetically challenged
Labour pains one: wait, what?
Labour pains two: last one to fall off wins
Labour pains three: weekend off
Silly season one: looks promising, but could still all go to pop
(Also: first printed volume of comics for sale, 36 pages, £2.50 hellolyd.bigcartel.com)
The price is set so I can cover print and postage costs; if there are any profits they will go to the Newcastle Branch of University and College Union. Or, I’ll swap for a comic you’ve made (or equivalent bartering).
The first few orders received a free badge made out of my picketing armband – badges are now all gone.
Extra-cautious disclaimer: this comic represents my view. For official UCU (University & College Union) info on the strike, see https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss
If you enjoyed reading this comic, please consider donating to the UCU Fighting Fund if you are able to. It helps support people whose wages are docked because they’ve taken part in industrial action. https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund