March 31, 2009 in General
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March 31, 2009 in General
Bloghorn’s Alex Hughes reports from the UK Web and Mini Comix Thing which was held at Queen Mary’s University, Mile End, London last Saturday.
This was my first experience of a comic convention (well, aside from a brief stroll through the Birmingham International Comics Show a few years back). I was more keen to attend this event because I didn’t think it was going to be at the superheroic end of the comics spectrum. Happily, I was right and it was a really refreshing experience. Aside from cartoon festivals such as Shrewsbury I’m not used to seeing such large crowds of people interested in humorous art. There was a wide spread of styles, genres and (if I’m honest about it) ability represented, from the slick to the amateur and this is probably what made the show interesting. It was nice to see short-run home-made UK comics rubbing shoulders with established American webcomic brands like Diesel Sweeties and Octopus Pie or British comic talent such as Sarah McIntyre, Woodrow Phoenix and James Turner (all formerly on the DFC). After a quick pint or two at the Post Thing Thing at the pub round the corner, (where I met Shug of Reet Comic) I went home exhausted and clutching a pile of comics that I spent too much money on (despite it all being reasonably priced).
What with the recent closure of the DFC, could web and mini comics be the future for British comics?
March 30, 2009 in General
An exhibition of political and satirical cartoons goes on display at Bath Central Library from this Wednesday (April 1).
Many of the 50 or so cartoons are rare and will not have been seen before. They include caricatures of Bath during its Georgian heyday by Thomas Rowlandson (creator of Bath Races, above, from 1810) images from Christopher Anstey’s 1766 New Bath Guide and modern cartoons which satirise some of the city’s current woes.
The show, which runs until April 12, has been organised in partnership with the organisation Bath in Time and the Bath Comedy Festival.
It takes place at Bath Library, The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath BA1 5AN. Opening times are: Monday 9.30am – 6pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am – 7pm; Friday and Saturday 9.30am – 5pm; Sunday 1 – 4pm. (Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday.)
Prints will be available to buy from the library. Many images are from the Bath In Time archive which can be viewed at www.bathintime.co.uk
More exhibition news:
An exhibition of Posy Simmonds’ original artwork from the 1970s to the 1990s will be held at the new offices of Guardian News & Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London. It will run from this Friday (April 3) until June 4. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 6 pm and admission is free.
And…in later news despatches…
Cartoonists Kate Charlesworth & David Shenton exhibit ‘Drawn Out & Painted Pink’ at the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GoMA) from April 9th – June 7th 2009 Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 0141 229 1996. Opening Times: Please check Gallery of Modern Art, current at time of posting: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm; Sun 11am – 5pm
March 27, 2009 in General
One: Peter Schrank in The Independent on faith.
Two: Matthew Diffee in The New Yorker on marathon training season.
Three: Riber Hansson in The Sydsvenskan on the all-American black hole.
March 27, 2009 in General
The final issue of the DFC is out today, though a group of artists and writers who were involved in the comic have launched a new blog dedicated to news, drawings, and new projects called Super Comics Adventure Squad. You can also read some of the strips that will not now appear in print on the downsized DFC website.
March 27, 2009 in Events
The Bloghorn’s PCO Artist of the Month, The Surreal McCoy, passes on tips for wannabe cartoonists:
Never take rejection to heart- somebody, somewhere will love your work. You’ll just have to find them. And practise, practise and continue to practise drawing. Your style will eventually reveal itself. Then practise some more. I fully intend to take my own advice one of these days.
As for the future of cartooning in the digital age, it’s so bright, you gotta wear shades. See you there!
Our thanks to Surreal, Bloghorn will have a new Cartoonist of the Month next Friday. In the meantime, scroll through our archives using the link at the top right of this page.
March 25, 2009 in General
Thinking of going to this year’s Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival but not sure where everything is happening? Well, here at Bloghorn we’ve put together an handy interactive map of all the events, workshops and exhibitions to help you plan your visit. Click on any of the markers on the map to get a run-down of what’s happening there, or the link below to view a larger version of the map.
March 23, 2009 in General
A campaign has been launched to save the DFC, the weekly kids’ comic which is preparing to close on March 27, if a buyer cannot be found.
A website called Save the DFC has been started by Barnaby Gunning, an architect who describes himself as a “parent of two DFC-loving kids”. He is trying to raise funds to stage a “subscriber buy-out” of the DFC and is asking people to pledge a sum of money to take part.
The DFC was launched last May by the publisher Random House. Earlier this month, Random House said that “in the current economic climate, we have decided that the DFC is not commercially viable within our organisation”.
On the website, Mr Gunning says: “The DFC is passionately adored by its readers and with a bit of love and care and a lot of evangelism it could build a much bigger subscriber base, perhaps not existing solely as a wonderfully printed artefact in the UK, but reaching out over the interweb to small comic lovers everywhere. Kids love comics and if you love your kids, they will love you for saving the DFC.”
March 20, 2009 in Events
Bloghorn asked the PCO Artist of the Month, The Surreal McCoy, how do you make your cartoons?
A bit of ink on paper, followed by a spot of colour from Photoshop using a digital tablet and usually accompanied by plenty of procrastination. (To paraphrase John Lennon, cartoons happen when you are busy making other plans/cups of tea.)
Which other cartoonist’s work do you admire?
An awful lot of Americans- Ben Katchor, Roz Chast, Edward Gorey, Dan Piraro, B. Kliban, Hilary Price. In fact any cartoon with a sense of the absurd or surreal.