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The Round-up

September 28, 2012 in General, Links, News

 

© Tony Husband @ Procartoonists.org

Tony Husband, cartoonist for Private Eye, The Spectator and many others – and a member of Procartoonists.org – has produced two new book collections. I Nearly Died Laughing was released last month and showcases some of Tony’s darker cartoons, while It’s Only A Game features a selection of sporting gags and will be released on October 15.

Tony will be signing copies of both books on October 5 at 2022NQ in Manchester. Fifty of his cartoons will be on display and he will also be drawing cartoons by request, with proceeds going to Moodswings.

Steven Appleby also has a new book out, collecting his Guardian comic strip about everyday life and family relationships, Loomus. A launch party and exhibition are being held on the evening of October 12 at Gosh! Comics in Soho. Read more here.

Also in London, the Chris Beetles Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of work by that quintessentially English cartoonist, Norman Thelwell. The show runs until October 13 and you can find more information – and plenty of pictures – on the website.

Finally, with this year’s Big Draw about to get underway on Sunday, Design Week has a run-down of some of the events taking place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – including the Battle of the Cartoonists. Read the article here. (Thanks to Chichi Parish for spotting it.)

Foggy and the new rock n’ roll

September 27, 2012 in Comment, General

Foghorn September 22 @ procartoonists.org

© Andy Davey @ procartoonists.org

The Big Draw: who’s drawing?

September 26, 2012 in Events, General, News

Bloghorn at the Big Draw from the Campaign for Drawing

Here’s the full list of cartoonist combatants in the Battle of the Cartoonists at this weekend’s Big Draw, Big Make launch event.

Compere Libby Purves of the oh-so-neutral Times newspaper will be keeping order. In a brief spot of self-congratulatory parping from our resident Foghorn, Procartoonists.org has members in all seven of the teams.

  • Big Girls Drawers Chichi Parish (captain), The Surreal McCoy, Kathryn Lamb, Rosie Brooks
  • Guardian/Observer Kipper Williams (c), Dave Simonds, Nicola Jennings, Harry Venning
  • Readers’ Digest Steve Way (c), Simon Meyrick Jones, Nathan Ariss, Royston Robertson
  • Procartoonists.org Pete Dredge (non playing c), William Rudling, Kate Scurfield, Guy Venables, Gerard Whyman
  • The Sun Andy Davey (c), Clive Goddard, Tim Harries
  • Private Eye Tony Rushton (non playing c), Martin Honeysett, Andrew Birch, Simon Pearsall, Henry Davies
  • The Telegraph Patrick Blower (c), Charles Peattie, Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons, John Springs
And of course there are also the free cartoon workshops we wrote about yesterday and the attraction of a talk by the master caricaturist Gerald Scarfe. Don’t miss any of it.
Big Draw, Big Make details
See you there!

Let’s work together at the Big Draw

September 24, 2012 in Events, News

Big Draw workshop

A workshop run by Procartoonists.org members at the Big Draw's 2010 launch. Picture by Denis Dowland @ Procartoonists.org

Cartoon workshops will be held throughout the Big Draw, Big Make event this Sunday (September 30) at the V&A in London.

They will take place in the Raphael Room, the same venue as the Battle of the Cartoonists, and are being run by Procartoonists.org members. Running times are: 11am-12.30pm Robert Duncan; 12.30pm-2pm Tim Harries; 2pm-3.30pm Wilbur Dawbarn; and 3.30pm-5pm Cathy Simpson.

Download the full schedule here if you want to make it a family day and get involved in the child and adult-friendly activities.

A 30-minute talk by Gerald Scarfe50 Years of Being Rude – will be held at 2.45pm. Booking is advised for that event.

Battle of the Cartoonists 2012: Bring it on!

September 24, 2012 in Comment, Events, News

Can London take any more excitement? First the Olympics, then the Paralympics, now the Pen-and-ink-ics! Andrew Birch, Private Eye cartoonist and Procartoonists.org member, writes:

Raphael's Death of Ananias @procartoonists

Raphael's Death of Ananias @ Procartoonists.org

This Sunday (September 30) at 2pm, seven teams of Britain’s best cartoonists will gather in The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum in The Battle of The Cartoonists.

Half an hour before the start of play, the teams – The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun, Private Eye (Hoorah!), Big Girls Drawers, Reader’s Digest and Procartoonists.org  – will each be allotted one of Raphael’s seven massive cartoons hanging on the walls to inspire them, and will draw something connected with it (or maybe not) on a great big banner.

Two and a half hours later, the completed (or maybe not) banners will be shown to the assembled throng, and the winner will be the one that gets the most applause.

Light-hearted stuff, you say? Think again! Previous years have seen skullduggery, blatant cheating, tantrums, verbal and physical assaults, kidnapping and arson as passions run high and the ink runs like blood.

Cartoonist contestant at Battle of the Cartoonists @procartoonists.org

Contestant (possibly)

Members of the Royal family, top politicians, celebrities  and foreign dignitaries are all people who might well be there – so make sure you arrive early!

Editor adds: Our thanks to Andrew for writing the above.

Event site: The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum – The Battle of The Cartoonists.

Organisers and friends of Procartoonists.org: The Campaign for Drawing 

Reading: What WAS a cartoon

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September 21, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Patrick Chappatte for Le Temps (Geneva) @ procartoonists.org

While the latest Charlie Hebdo controversy continues, editorial cartoonists Patrick Chappatte (above) and Kevin Kallaugher comment on the responsibility that comes with cartoonists’ freedom to insult.

Mike Peyton, who has carved out a long and specialist career as a ‘nautical cartoonist’, tells CNN about his work and how he started cartooning in a German POW camp. Read more here.

The Eye Candy festival, to be held in Birmingham next month, will feature “a drop-in sketching session for illustrators, artists and drawing enthusiasts”. See inkygoodness.com, which is organising the session, for more details.

Remember the lady who ‘restored’ a Spanish fresco recently? Like any good commercial artist, she is now demanding royalties.

Finally, there’s just time for a quick plug, as Hunt Emerson – that well-known cartoonist and member of Procartoonists.org – presents his lampooning take on a classic religious allegory

 

What Art thou Foggy?

September 21, 2012 in Comment, General

Foghorn September 15 @procartoonists.org

© Andy Davey @procartoonists.org

Our anthropomorphic Foghorn tackles the big question…

Beauty or bunk? The art of creativity

September 19, 2012 in Comment

Bill Stott art cartoon

© Bill Stott @ Procartoonists.org

Cartoonist and Procartoonists.org member Bill Stott talks creativity while trying to avoid the usual pitfalls

“Creativity is bunk” – I can’t remember where I read that, but it sort of lodged, because its bizarre. Not unlike Big Brother being classed as entertainment.

Maybe its one of the utterings of the great, good, and often dead. Like Henry Ford’s “History is bunk”. Mind you, historians tell us that he never actually said it. That’s a relief then. But somebody who might have said the one may have said the other.

And what’s “bunk” when it’s at home? Cowboys sleep on them, as do sailors, but such are the mysteries of the English language that “bunk” also means “nonsense” and, more recently, “boring”.

“Creativity is nonsense/boring”. Hmm. Should really define “creativity” first, I suppose. But I’ll neatly sidestep that by not doing so. Huge danger there, particularly for an artist, of falling into the head-up-arse artbollocks trap. Let’s leave that to the critics.

Bill Stott art cartoon

© Bill Stott @ Procartoonists.org

If Ford did say it, he was wrong. Without engineering creativity, he’d never have been able to churn out millions of black Model Ts (and they weren’t all black and he never said they had to be. Apparently). He surely didn’t think the millions he made out of bunk were boring.

Let’s face it, I’m avoiding the issue here. “Creativity is bunk” is aimed at we airy-fairy, arty types who dare to put substance to their imaginings. And I’m not at all sure that there are people who cannot appreciate beauty, or at least arresting physical fact. If there were, it wouldn’t have been necessary to invent things like “I don’t know much about Art but I know what I like”.

I have a neighbour who can’t tell a Rembrandt from a Bacon, but who waxes lyrical about the design of his golf clubs. He doesn’t make the link. But he does think they’re beautiful. Maybe the thing is that they are beautiful because they are things of purpose, like a beautiful car (not yours, Henry) or a beautiful greyhound. This last isn’t a good example because when greyhounds stop making money, they stop being desirably beautiful and become pet food.

Creativity, in all its artistic, technological and scientific forms is the antithesis of bunk. Creativity is asking questions about the nature of creation. Better go steady here – artbollocks looms – so let’s use mathematics as an example instead.

Maths is/are beautiful. There’s a logical symmetry there that is unbeatable. And if you’re bright enough to push the maths boat right out, it brushes aside logic, symmetry, and for us artproles, even understanding. No mathsbollocks there, just quantum mechanics.

Our thanks to Bill. You can see lots of examples of creativity in action if you check out his portfolio and many others here

Profile photo of Royston

by Royston

The Big Day approaches

September 17, 2012 in Events, News

Those nice folk at The Big Draw have sent us this reminder …

Big Draw, Big Make details

This is the event that includes the Battle of the Cartoonists, which features a Procartoonists.org team. Read our preview of that here. And read more on Big Draw, Big Make and download the programme here.

 

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September 14, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Mick Stevens/The New Yorker @ Procartoonists.org

A recent New Yorker cartoon by Mick Stevens, above, led to a temporary ban on the magazine’s Facebook page this week, because it apparently broke the social network’s decency rules. Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker’s cartoon editor, looks in detail at the supposed offence on his blog.

The latest collection of Punch artwork focuses on the full-colour, and often full-page, cartoons, illustrations and caricatures that graced the magazine’s pages throughout the 20th century. The Best of Punch Cartoons in Colour also features a large number of cover illustrations and artist biographies, and includes work by FougasseE H Shepard, Trog, Quentin Blake, Norman Thelwell and Procartoonists.org member Mike Williams, among many others.  See more here.

Kevin Kallaugher, political cartoonist for The Economist under his pen name KAL, provides an interesting overview of how his depictions of US leaders have changed as they have been weathered by their time in office (for similar insights from other cartoonists, see last week’s Round-up).

And finally, Forbidden Planet responds to a BBC report about the decline in reading among children, by calling on adults to help create new comic readers.