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Free expression for winning cartoonist

March 31, 2010 in General

PCO member Alex Matthews has been declared the first winner of the Free Expression Cartoon Contest by the Council for Secular Humanism.

The theme for the competition was Religion, and Alex’s prize-winning entry (above) netted him $2500 (£1650). Pulitzer-prize winning judge Steve Benson said of the cartoon:

Wickedly humorous, brutally direct, effectively and simply rendered. A stinging indictment of the Catholic Church’s pedophilic priest scandal that allows absolutely no room for the predictable apologetic defense. Left me laughing and wincing at the same time!

Alex, who originally sold the cartoon to Private Eye, where it provoked a couple of angry letters, told the Bloghorn:

I thought it was a pretty strong and controversial cartoon but this was a massive surprise for me, particularly as I had forgotten I entered this competition!

Religion, seen from my atheist perspective, is a favourite of subject of mine, so it is great to get some kind of recognition for a cartoon I am genuinely proud of.

Our congratulations to Alex on his win.

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Animated comedy comes to UK TV

March 29, 2010 in General

Clips from the animated show. Warning: contains rude stuff

The Ricky Gervais Show, in which the comedian’s popular podcasts are brought to visual life with animation, comes to British TV next month.

The HBO show, which features Stephen Merchant, co-creator of The Office, and Karl Pilkington, their friend and former producer from the duo’s days at XFM, will be screened on Channel 4 from April 23.

The animation style is clearly a nod to the cartoons of the Hanna-Barbera studio, with Gervais himself bearing more than a passing resemblance to Fred Flintstone.

The idea of setting animation to existing comic material has been around for some time. Readers with long memories may remember the same thing being done with Jasper Carrott’s I’ve Got This Mole routine. The combination produces something that is very different, sitting halfway between live comedy and regular animated cartoons.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the Ricky Gervais Show is to get a second series on US TV.

Magic cartoons at Shrewsbury 2010

March 26, 2010 in General

Magic cartoons at Shrewbury International cartoon Festival at http://www.thebloghorn.orgRead more about lots of magic cartoons – and the people who make them appear.

Peter Brookes wins Cartoonist of the Year

March 24, 2010 in General

Peter Brookes has won Cartoonist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Brookes, who draws the daily comment cartoon for the Times newspaper as well as the Nature Notes feature for the Saturday edition, was presented the award by John Humphries at the Grosvenor House Hotel ceremony yesterday.

Thanks to the Press Gazette for the image above from their slideshow of the event.

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Cartoonists' Club celebrates 50 years

March 22, 2010 in News


The Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain is 50 years old next week.

Members will be celebrating this weekend in a pub which stands on the site of The Feathers, just off London’s Fleet Street. This is where the CCGB was launched at 2pm on April Fool’s Day – appropriately enough for cartoonists! – in 1960.

The CCGB, like the British Cartoonists’ Association, is a social club for cartoonists and their families. Many members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, which runs Bloghorn, are also members of the CCGB and/or the BCA.

Bloghorn wishes the Cartoonists’ Club a very happy birthday.

Link: The Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain

Who was William Hogarth?

March 21, 2010 in Comment


Martin Rowson talks about printmaker and engraver  William Hogarth for Tate Britain. Martin will be appearing at the upcoming Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival in April.

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For art's sake: Our pick of the week

March 19, 2010 in News

Private Eye cartoonist Andrew Birch, who recently joined the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation which runs the Bloghorn, neatly sums up the age-old “Cartoons vs. Art” debate in his new Young British Artists strip. It’s a pitilessly satirical view of the Art Establishment … and Bloghorn could not agree more.

See the strip at the Private Eye site

The PCO: Great British cartoon talent
Subscribe to The Foghorn – our print cartoon magazine

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival 2010

March 19, 2010 in General

Bloghorn_Wilbur_cartoon © Wilbur Dawbarn at the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

The main exhibition at this year’s event‘‘I Don’t Believe It’’ – explores the festival theme of Magic, Myth and Mystery. We are going to be previewing a little of the original content for this show before the festival opens on April 22nd.

Other exhibitions will be unveiled by visiting cartoonists from Greece and Australia, and Grizelda Grislingham of The Independent will be having a one-woman show. The S-mile exhibition will be back to run across the town and there will be digital cartoon displays in some surprising locations.

The Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival is co-organised by Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Civic Society and the Professional Cartoonists Organisation.

Come along and enjoy this unique annual celebration of UK and International cartoon art and look out for more Bloghorn updates ahead of the weekend.

Support the UK’s Cartoon Museum

March 18, 2010 in Comment, News

Bloghorn_cartoonists ©http://thebloghorn.org for the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation http://www.procartoonists.org

The Cartoon Art Trust, the registered charity [pdf] behind the UK national Cartoon Museum, receives no state or public funding. This means that every year the trustees have to raise £150,000 to run it.

For the first time in several years, the museum have managed to get a funds-runner a place in the London Marathon. Step forward one Marcus Barclay. Bloghorn thinks respect is due to this volunteer.

Marcus and his efforts are one of the museum’s main fundraising events of the year and any donation, however small, is very welcome. Bloghorn understands it is easy to make a donation using the Cartoon Museum’s online sponsorship page – which we have linked to below – and we would like to encourage our readers to do so.

Cartoon Museum London Marathon fundraiser

The Museum is currently showing Ronald Searle – Graphic Master which we have reported on here.

The Comic Book Alliance

March 17, 2010 in General


The Comic Book Alliance, a fledgling non-for profit organisation was founded in 2009 and is ‘‘dedicated to the promotion of British comic books, graphic novels, webcomics and sequential art in its many forms.’’ It duly joins our list of cartoon and comic art organisations. The organisation has just announced the winner of its recent competition to search for a new logo. The design (see above), features three interlocking speech balloons to represent the ‘‘cross-industry cohesiveness’’ the Alliance are looking to foster, according to chairman Tim Pilcher.

Thanks to the Birmingham Mail‘s Speech Balloons blog for alerting us to this news.