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PCO Artists of the month

February 29, 2008 in Events

On this special leap year Friday 29th February, Bloghorn would like to invite you to scroll back through a few month’s worth of PCO talent in our regular Friday feature. The featured cartoonists have been among the finest joke and editorial artists in the UK; they are Martin Honeysett, Pete Dredge, Colin Whittock, Chris Madden, Clive Collins, John Landers and our latest, Lee Healey. There will be a new artist of the month next Friday.
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Cartoon documentary: Born Dead, Still Weird

February 27, 2008 in General

A new documentary entitled Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird, has to be high on the list of must-see films for anyone interested in cartoons.

Steven-Charles Jaffe’s portrait of the famed New Yorker and Playboy cartoonist is currently on the festival circuit in the US. It features interviews with fans including Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Randy Newman, Guillermo del Toro and Hugh Hefner and includes an exclusive behind the scenes look at how cartoons for The New Yorker are pitched, bought, or rejected.

There’s no word yet on whether the film is coming to the UK, and there doesn’t even seem to be a trailer online. There is, however, a clip of Wilson designing a “dark and twisted” image used to decorate a skateboard …

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Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

February 26, 2008 in General


Submitted work for the ‘But is it art?’ exhibition at this year’s Shrewsbury Festival. Caricature of former PM Anthony (Tony) Blair by PCOer Adrian Teal.
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Animated cartoons

February 25, 2008 in General

Well, it didn’t win the prize for best animated feature at the Oscars, but perhaps it should have. If you haven’t already taken a look at Marjane Satrapi’s film, Persepolis which is about growing up Iran during the 1980s, here is another short chance to explore. It is due to open in some British cinemas in April.

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Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

February 25, 2008 in General


PCO cartoonist William Rudling on the joy of painting.
This is another sneak preview of submitted work for the Is it Art exhibition from the forthcoming Shrewsbury cartoon festival.
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Artist of the month: Lee Healey

February 22, 2008 in Events


Here is our last offering from PCO Artist of the Month Lee Healey, if you click on the term Lee Healey under this text you will see three other terrific examples of his work, or you can just go here and click H.
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Cartoon exhibition: Dave Follows

February 21, 2008 in General

The family of the late Dave Follows has organised an exhibition to celebrate the cartoonist’s work and legacy at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, from April 19 – June 29.

Dave, who died in 2003, left a significant legacy of artwork that spans three decades. His work appeared in newspapers, comics, and magazines all over the world, including the Sunday Times supplement Funday Times (weekly for 15 years), more than 20 local newspapers, such as the North Staffordshire Evening Sentinel (daily for 20 years), and Buster comic.

Dave lived in Stafford all his life. He had a special soft spot for the Potteries and its people. His daily cartoon strip May un Mar Lady, written in Potteries dialect, first appeared on July 8, 1985, in the Sentinel and was a local institution for nearly 20 years.

The exhibition, May un Mar Lady: Three Decades of Cartooning by Dave Follows, includes a huge selection of Dave’s original cartoons, a reconstruction of his work area, life-size cartoon figures, a May un Mar Lady pilot animation, and a preview screening of a documentary exploring the Potteries dialect in the context of Dave’s cartoons by the Stoke-On-Trent based film production company Inspired Film And Video.

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His master’s line – veteran cartoonists hit the road

February 19, 2008 in General


Cover of His Master’s Line and a self-caricature of PCO contributor John Jensen

The wily old dogs of European cartooning, or at least the ones not being chased by would-be-assassins*, are on the move, as PCOer John Jensen reports.

Dieter Burkamp, organiser of the annual Zemun International Salon of Caricature, and Branko Najhold, have had a wonderful idea: why not celebrate elderly cartoonists before they pop their clogs, rather than after? All exhibitors to the show would have to be 75 or over.

As Branko’s introduction to the resulting book, His Master’s Line, succinctly puts it, all 30 cartoonists, from Western and Eastern Europe, each supplying three drawings, fairly recent, not more than ten years old, who “were at one time in the summit of European cartooning”. However, “glory is passing … and as it happens, the most famous cartoonists of their time sink slowly in oblivion.” (Some not so slowly, I can tell you). “Some of them with trembling hands and with the eyesight weakening”. Yup. But a “master always stays a master”. Yup, again.

Suitably buttered up, and as the only representative from the UK – why? Britain is filled with brilliant decrepitude – I was proud to take my place among the others to show “the new drawers” a thing or two.

The exhibition began its travels in Zemun, Serbia and, after several journeys, will wind up in Oerlinghausen, Germany during 2008.

A hardback book accompanies the show, costing about 25 Euros and Bloghorn will be publishing John’s review of the book soon. Bloghorn says click J for Jensen.

Link to the Zemun festival of Caricature.

* Check the recent entry for news on the Mohammed cartoons controversy.

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How they used to cartoon

February 18, 2008 in General


Here’s a link to a book on cartoon drawing by B. “Tack” Knight from 1923. It’s a fun read. The complete book has been posted on Flickr by Dave Blog (possibly not his real name) and you can read it as a slideshow here: Tack’s Cartoon Tips. Not for those offended by images from a pre-politically correct era …

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Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

February 18, 2008 in General


More from our sneak preview of the “But is it Art?” exhibition which will be one of the highlights at this spring’s Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival. PCOer Steve Bright made this piece. Click on the Shrewsbury link under this text for more…

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