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Bloghorn's Cartoon Pick of the Week

August 29, 2008 in Links, News


Bloghorn spotted this great work this week…

One: Kipper Williams in the Spectator on unpleasant aircraft problems

Two: Daley in The Daily Telegraph on Barack Obama

Three: Morten Morland in The Times on
the end of the Olympics

It’s British cartoon talent

Artist of the Month: Andy Davey

August 29, 2008 in Events


Here is the last interview answer from Andy Davey our PCO Artist of the Month for August 2008.

Bloghorn asked him what’s the future for cartooning in the digital age?

I’m sure cartoons will thrive and flourish, after they emerge from this difficult period, but in what form they will do this, I have no idea. It may be that animation will provide the extra selling point they seem to need in the rush to digital. It seems many people under 30 now think of animated cartoon art when they hear the word “cartoon”, so the deed may be already be done.

It’s increasingly difficult to get any kind of still, newsprint cartoon published at a reasonable fee, so it may have become less attractive to new entrants and this may lead to a downward spiral in the quality of work. But there are, still, good new people coming in*.

Interestingly, the route to being a cartoonist is usually circuitous or tangential; there aren’t any really useful training schools. This means it still attracts lateral thinkers, oddballs and eccentrics – thank goodness. Long may it do so. Satire and drawn humour are as natural (and enduring) as camel farts. The art-form might mutate but it won’t die.

Can I go now?

Bloghorn says click D for Davey.

* See some of it at this link British cartoon talent

Cartoon pick of the week

August 28, 2008 in General


Bloghorn spotted this great work this week…

One: Kipper Williams in the Spectator on unpleasant aircraft problems

Two: Daley in The Daily Telegraph on Barack Obama

Three: Morten Morland in The Times on
the end of the Olympics

It’s British cartoon talent

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by Royston

It's all about presentation

August 27, 2008 in News

It’s something all cartoonists dread: you open up a magazine and see one of your precious works in print but they have done something to it.

It may be a changed caption, an amended drawing, the cartoon has been printed too small … whatever, it’s a bit annoying. Here, cartoonist and blogger Mike Lynch takes a US magazine to task for printing captions over the drawing!

Talking of presentation, it’s a no-brainer for a department store to turn to a local celebrity when looking to publicise the opening of a new branch. So hats off to Harvey Nicks for their choice when opening a store in Bristol:


Don’t they look lovely? The BBC News website has the story

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PCO Professional Cartoonists at London’s Big Draw 2008

August 26, 2008 in General

Breaking News on Bloghorn…

The PCO team for this year’s London Big Draw event is confirmed. Team skipper, Pete Dredge (Private Eye regular) will be leading Robert Duncan (Not particularly orange cards), Kipper Williams (The Guardian) and Royston Robertson (Prospect, Readers Digest, Private Eye) into the suitably absurd Battle of the Cartoonists.


The 12 feet long, two-hour epic PCO banner from 2007, hung up, or out, to dry.

You can find details and a report from Bill Stott on the 2007 event here.

PCO members will also be running workshops throughout the day, featuring the many coloured skills of Tim Harries, Chichi Parish, Matt Buck, Andy Davey and Paul Hardman among others.

We will be publishing more details in the run up to the big day on Saturday 18 October.

It’s British cartoon talent

Cartoon Pick of the Week

August 22, 2008 in Links, News


Bloghorn spotted this great work this week…

One: Holland in the Oldie on Playing Health and Safety

Two:
Matt of the Telegraph on the GCSE results

Three:
Peter Schrank of The Independent on Russian bears

British cartoon talent

Artist of the Month: Andy Davey

August 22, 2008 in Events


Andy Davey is the PCO Artist of the Month for August 2008.
Bloghorn asked Andy some questions about what he does.

Which other cartoonists’ work do you admire?
Gerald Scarfe’s loose, carefree line, devastating caricature and command of so many styles is still pretty breathtaking. Steve Bell’s ability to nail a politician and produce the definitive image of the hapless soul (Major, Blair, Bush) is unparalleled. Matt’s ability to translate world events into demotic scenes of suburbia. Then there are the others – Robert Crumb for his weird Freudian cathartics. Thelwell for pretty much the opposite. Ken Reid, Tony Husband, Ray Lowry, Ralph Steadman, Larry, Ed McLachlan, Posy Simmonds … oh, and that Bill Stott fellow. There are many others. Anyone who makes me laugh out loud gets a special gold star.

Do you have any tips for wannabe cartoonists?
Oh bejayzus. At present, it looks like it would be recommending someone to train as a cordwainer or a wheelwright. Of course, there are several dozen scribblers making a good living out of it – and even cartoon Forbes-listers (Messrs Bell, Pritchett, Scarfe) but the rest of us live on hope, rejection and frozen peas. BUT, if you love doing something, then you just can’t stop yourself pursuing it – and it would be foolish to do so (as I have demonstrated to myself). So if that’s what you enjoy – DO IT, fer gawd’s sake, or you’ll regret it. Worry about the penury later – when the skinny-dog and pennywhistle combo begins to look like an upward career move.

Bloghorn says click D for Davey.

British cartoon talent

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by Royston

Scarfe comes to Shrewsbury

August 20, 2008 in General

The cartoonist Gerald Scarfe is touring the UK with his show Scarfe On The Road. It comes to the Shrewsbury Music Hall on the 4th of September

Scarfe is one of Britain’s most popular caricaturists and is political cartoonist for the Sunday Times. For more details on this illustrated talk, which spans his 40-year career, see the above flyer (click to enlarge). You can book tickets here.

Shrewsbury is no stranger to cartooning as every April it hosts the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival, the foremost event of its kind in the country.

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Symbolism in cartoons

August 18, 2008 in General

Ever wondered why some newspaper cartoons have so many symbols and badges in them? Let PCOer Martin Rowson explain a little about it in this Radio 4 interview about the symbolism of Russia as a giant bear. Clip from the Today programme.

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

August 15, 2008 in Links, News


Bloghorn spotted this great work this week…

One:
Jack Ziegler in the New Yorker – on superpowered rivalry.

Two:
Mike Turner in the Spectator – ‘What’s up with you? Never seen anyone enjoying themselves before?’

Three:
Steve Bell in The Guardian on the UK’s North-South divide

British cartoon talent