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The PCO in 2008

December 31, 2007 in General


The PCO’s Bloghorn will be doing its best to keep you up to date with the news from Britain’s cartoon community in 2008. We will be taking part in a large number of events during the year as well as promoting the work and activities of our individual members here on the Bloghorn. The list on the right hand side of this diary, under ‘Interests’ allows you to search through all that we did in 2007, or at least since our portfolio site was launched last July. (Just click on the term, or name, that takes your interest. A click on the headline at the top of this page will always get you home.) Of course, the new year brings with it the promise of the UK’s annual international cartoon festival which is held in the medieval market town of Shrewsbury. Festival dates are 18th-20th April this year and there will be plenty of information about the event coming up throughout the spring.
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Great New Year’s Eve joke: 31 December 2007

December 31, 2007 in News

The Hayward Gallery on London’s south bank is to host a exhibition of art about ‘laughing.’ You may read about it here. Bloghorn loves this sort of thing, but does find as a rule, laughter in art is best left to the professionals. The Hayward Gallery show runs from Friday 25 January to Sunday 13 April 2008. It includes;

the whole spectrum of humour, from jokes, gags and slapstick to irony, wit and satire. The exhibition brings together more than 70 videos, photographs and interactive installation works by more than 30 artists from all around the world.

But nothing as humble as a drawing it seems.
31st December 2007
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Artist of the Month: Clive Collins

December 28, 2007 in Events


Our last installment of Mr Clive Collins as the PCO Artist of the Month for December 2008. Next week, Bloghorn will reveal our first featured professional cartoon image maker for the new year of 2008.
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PCO Christmas card

December 21, 2007 in General


May your holidays be bright. Cartoon from Bill Stott.
21st December 2007
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Artist of the Month: Clive Collins

December 20, 2007 in Events


Our Cartoonist of the month for December 2007 is Clive Collins. If you click on the phrase ‘Clive Collins’ underneath this cartoon, through the magic of technology, you will find more of Clive’s work – or you can click C for Collins from here.
20th December
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BBC man Andrew Marr is new PCO patron

December 18, 2007 in General


News of an early christmas present for the PCO as Bloghorn can report that TV’s Andrew Marr has signed up as one of our patrons. We don’t hand these honours out lightly and as he’s got to follow the late great Alan Coren, perhaps we should be extending sympathy to the poor man too. But, welcome aboard Mr Marr, we and our other patron, Libby Purves, are most pleased to have you.
19th December 2007
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by Royston

Artist of the Month: Clive Collins

December 14, 2007 in Events

Our PCO artist of the month for December 2007 is Clive Collins (click C from here to see more). Clive is our fifth choice as artist of the month, following on from Martin Honeysett, Pete Dredge, Colin Whittock and Chris Madden. You can find all of these artists and their equally talented contemporaries in our portfolio site.

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PCO Procartoonists – Drawing for the stage

December 12, 2007 in General


PCOer Noel Ford writes:

One of the things I love about being a freelance cartoonist is that, apart from my regular editorial slots, I never know what might be just around the corner. In more than 30 years of cartooning, I’ve had my fair share of weird, wonderful and bizarre commissions, but one that stands out in recent times is the one commissioned by the Welsh Opera singer Buddug Verona James. (Non-welsh readers should know that in Wales, a “u” is pronounced “i” and a double “d” is pronounced “th”).

The job comprised, partly, the artwork for the programmes and posters for Buddug’s one-woman show, A Knife at the Opera, a very funny tale – with singing – about a serial killer who is knocking off theatre critics. Buddug plays the detective and the six divas who are the suspects. The best part of the job was drawing the characters of the suspects which were to be blown up life-size on to door-sized panels. These panels, behind each of which Buddug would disappear to make her quick changes and reappear as the character on the panel, were to be arranged in a shallow semi-circle on the open stage so that when the audience came to take their seats they would be confronted with six of my life-size cartoons.

I have to confess that when I went to see the show, earlier this year, I felt a buzz when I sat looking at my characters, looking back at me from the stage, and hearing the packed house chuckling even before the show had started. For that reason in particular, this was one of my favourite recent jobs.

You can find out more about the show here: A Knife at the Opera

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by Royston

James Gillray: father of the political cartoon

December 11, 2007 in General


An exhibition entitled Gillray’s Legacy: A Contemporary Perspective is at the Political Cartoon Gallery in London from January 16 until February 23.

The exhibition combines a selection of some of the Georgian caricaturist’s best-known works, side by side with reworkings of these “after Gillray” by modern political cartoonists, including Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Martin Rowson, Vicky, Dave Brown and Nicholas Garland.

These later cartoons offer both a contemporary twist and a full-blooded testimony to James Gillray’s achievements as “the father of the political cartoon”, while also showing how his powerful images of our follies and misdemeanours have continued to influence subsequent generations of artists.

The Political Cartoon Gallery is at 32 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS, and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am –5.30pm and on Saturdays between 11.30am–5.30pm.

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Artist of the Month: Clive Collins

December 6, 2007 in Events


Clive Collins is the PCO’s Artist of the Month for December 2007. A full list of all Clive’s clients would fill a large portion of the internet, so Bloghorn won’t go there, but instead will let Clive describe his work in his own words (mostly).

I’ve worked in most areas of the profession from newspapers to book illustration to TV to magazines. The client I’ve been with the longest is Playboy (US) – since 1972 – and the most recent and ongoing is Metro, with many loyal, happy clients in between. I’ve also won awards in Europe, Canada and Japan.

Having spent most of my life working with pens and papers and inks, I now find myself having to use computer technology, simply because these days there simply isn’t the time to use ‘old tech’.

However, I don’t believe that a computer makes a lousy drawing any better, so the old skills are still put to good use.

Bloghorn would like to commend Clive’s admirably pragmatic view about technology, it’s useful as long as it’s useful.
7th December 2007
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