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Match report: Warbury Warriors back at Wapping

January 10, 2013 in General, News

Striker magazine @ procartoonists.org

Striker magazine @ procartoonists.org

It’s a double for Pete Nash in a return to The Sun with his cartoon Striker.

© Pete Nash_Striker_cartoon_@Procartoonists

© Pete Nash

The 20-year run of Warbury Warriors football stories in the paper was broken in 2009 after a contract bust-up. The artist then took his star player Nick Jarvis and the team for a spell on loan at Nuts.

In his first spell at The Sun, Nash grew the stories from modest beginnings into one of the most popular features in the paper. As the printed output grew he developed a team of computer graphics artists to create the daily narratives.

There was also an attempt to launch a standalone magazine, above, between 2003-2005. You can read more about Striker’s business relationship with the paper here.

In the new storyline for the return to the paper reports have it that “his [Jarvis’s] beloved club have been given three weeks to pay a £9million tax bill or face winding-up proceedings”.

Will Warbury survive?

 

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Trog, Flook and Humph too!

January 7, 2013 in General

Frankie Howerd by Trog

Frankie Howerd by Trog (© Wally Fawkes) @ Procartoonists.org

An exhibition featuring the work of Wally Fawkes, aka Trog, opens at the Cartoon Museum in London today (7 January).

Fawkes, who retired in 2005, drew caricatures, political cartoons and strips for the Daily Mail, Punch, The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph. His best known creation is the comic strip Flook, which ran in the Mail for 35 years.

Flook by Trog (Wally Fawkes)

Flook by Trog (© Wally Fawkes) @Procartoonists.org

Flook was often written by the late Humphrey Lyttelton, who played jazz with Fawkes and was a close friend. The inimitable voice of the BBC Radio Four show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue was also cartoonist – drawing as Humph – and some of his artwork also features in the exhibition.

Cartoon by Humph

Humphrey Lyttelton and Wally Fawkes – as seen by Humph himself (© Humphrey Lyttelton)

Meanwhile, the Telegraph has an article today by Martin Chilton Celebrating the great cartoons of TrogTrog, Flook and Humph too! runs until March 10. For details on admission and opening times, visit the Cartoon Museum website.

The Queen by Trog (Wally Fawkes)

The Queen by Trog (© Wally Fawkes) @ Procartoonists.org

The Round-up

January 4, 2013 in General, Links, News

© Gerald Scarfe @Procartoonists.org

Gerald Scarfe has revisited an old project by producing a new series of cartoons to illustrate the on-screen revival of Yes, Prime Minister. This drawing, above, of its stars David Haig and Henry Goodman, is also gracing billboards and bus shelters ahead of the show’s debut on the TV channel Gold on 15 January. Scarfe produced a memorable series of cartoons for the original Yes, Minister series. Those suffering from Thatcherite nostalgia can watch the original opening credits here.

Steve Bell guides us through a year of cartoons for The Guardian in this video (warning: contains expletives, contraceptives and bondage gear). Meanwhile, Peter Brookes selects the best from his own 2012 output for The Times (subscription required), and the Daily Mail’s Mac does the same here. Matt Buck (Hack) looks back at his own 2012 output here.

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, written by Mary Talbot and illustrated by her comics veteran husband, Bryan, has won the biography category of the 2012 Costa Book Awards – the first graphic novel to win in any of the five categories. Read more about the book, and what its success might mean for the medium more generally, here.

The weekly children’s comic The Phoenix has launched an app that allows readers to buy and download a digital version, and which includes free access to a sample “issue zero”.

And finally, Procartoonists.org patron Martin Wainwright brings us the story of an intriguing battle over intellectual property and the public domain.

The end of The Cartoonist

January 3, 2013 in General, News

The_Cartoonist_Pub_to_close @ procartoonists.org

The Cartoonist Pub to close @ procartoonists.org

One-time Fleet Street Institution The Cartoonist pub is to close early in 2013.

Once part of the thriving print industry culture in the area, the pub is to be demolished as a part of a redevelopment at New Street Square and Shoe Lane.

Map_of_the_Cartoonist_Pub @ procartoonists.org

Google Map of the Cartoonist Pub @ procartoonists.org

The Cartoonist had a long association with the trade and its associated social organisations, the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain, the British Cartoonists’ Association and ourselves in the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation.

We all say, if you know of another public house that would like to be associated with our trade, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Thanks to Mike Turner, former chair of the CCGB and Procartoonists member for his knowledge of the story. If you have memories you would like to share of the pub, see you in the comments.