One: Mike Williams in The Spectator: “Excuse me, could you pass me that magazine?”
Two: Martin Rowson in The Guardian: Waiting for the Iraq inquiry
Three: Morten Morland in The Times: Too many twits
July 31, 2009 in Events
Bloghorn asked Artist of the Month, John Roberts, if he had any tips for wannabe cartoonists?
Hmmm, well, thank goodness for the digital age because it enables me to get most of my work through my website. I think you must have a good website these days so that you can generate good commercial work. I’ve never been lucky enough to get published in Private Eye etc etc (to be honest I haven’t tried sending stuff off for many years) but I would suggest that being published in such a high profile publication would raise your profile and generate commercial work but I’m not one hundred percent sure of that!
And what is the future of cartooning in the digital age?
Goodness knows – I do get most of my work through my website and so in that respect the digital age is good for me but if I was just a gag cartoonist then I’m not sure I would still be able to survive. The thought of having to go back to posting artwork off to clients as opposed to sending it via email would fill me with dread!
July 27, 2009 in General
Engines of Enchantment: The Machines and Cartoons of Rowland Emett is at the Cartoon Museum in London from this Wednesday (July 29) until November 1.
The exhibition brings together for the first time in Britain the eccentric genius of Rowland Emett both as a cartoonist and as an inventor of bizarre machines.
The show includes five of his whirring and winking “Gothick Kinetic Things”, including three created for the children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968. Emett built his machines using antique doorknobs, umbrellas, lamp shades and any other bits and pieces he found around the house. The results were like cartoons come to life.
The machines will be displayed alongside originals of many of Emett’s best cartoons, some on show for the first time. Emett first submitted a drawing to Punch in 1939. It was rejected but he was told that it was “ingenious” and was encouraged to try again. Soon his work was appearing regularly in the magazine.
During the Second World War he worked as a draughtsman at the Air Ministry but continued to supply drawings to Punch, increasingly of trains, trams and boats which appeared to be nostalgically humorous relics of a bygone era.
In 1951 someone had the idea of turning Emett’s spidery railway cartoons into reality and he was invited to construct three child-sized engines for the Far Tottering and Oystercreek Railway at the Festival of Britain. They were a huge success. The Cartoon Museum exhibition includes the original model train, complete with driver, which Emett presented to the festival committee.
The Cartoon Museum, at 35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays 12pm to 5.30pm.
July 24, 2009 in Events
John Roberts is our Artist of the Month for July so we asked him which other cartoonist’s work he admired.
The cartoonist whose work I most admire has to be Holte (Trevor Holder) who I understand is now fully retired. (Why does a cartoonist retire….?) His line and colour work was amazing and I think quite beautiful. Every artist I’ve met (as well as cartoonists) has said that they wished that they could draw in a more ‘loose’ style – Holte always did this quite effortlessly. Of course there are many, many more cartoonists whose work I am in awe of but Holte has to be the one whose artwork I never tire of looking at. Not the funniest cartoonist that’s ever walked the Blue Planet but gosh that artwork…
July 22, 2009 in General
The word “cartoon” means different things to different people. To Leonardo Da Vinci it meant a drawing of a larger idea, although neither Peter Cook or Dudley Moore found it very funny (7 mins in).
The digital reproduction of PCOer Ian Ellery‘s linocut, above, falls into the first area.
The strength and the weakness of the cartoon art form is that it can attempt anything the human imagination demands. Whether this succeeds is entirely up to the viewer or buyer. You can see more of Ian’s linocuts on exhibition in Hastings during the first week of August. Details are here.
July 20, 2009 in General
Cartoons as reportage, covering social and political issues and real-life events, have come to the fore over recent years, most prominently with graphic novels from the likes of Joe Sacco and Marjane Satrapi.
Next month sees publication of A.D. – New Orleans After the Deluge by cartoonist Josh Neufeld. It tells the stories of real-life New Orleans residents and their experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina. This is cartooning as journalism, as Neufeld draws upon interviews with survivors, as well as accounts from newspapers, magazines and blogs, and his own experience as a Red Cross volunteer after the hurricane.
A.D. was originally serialised as a webcomic online. The web version takes advantage of the wealth of multimedia information on the internet, many pages and panels have links to outside sources such as audio and video clips, photos and articles.
Reading it online, you do run the risk of getting RSI from clicking the mouse every time you want to see a new panel, so for those who like their graphic novels on printed matter, a revised and expanded hardcover edition is scheduled for publication by Pantheon on August 18.
July 17, 2009 in Events
Bloghorn asked the our Artist of the Month for July, John Roberts, how he makes his cartoons.
Like everyone else, I have this huge old trunk of ‘cartoon ideas’ in the loft and once I’ve had a good rummage through I’ll sit down and draw them up. Until recently I would use a computer but now I have reverted back to good old pen and paper and watercolour (with a little bit of scanning in and colour enhancement using various software programs). I now realise that there is something ‘alive’ in the simple black mark of a pen that I just cannot emulate using a Wacom tablet. Drawing caricatures using a computer however is a different thing altogether and all my studio work is done this way.