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Hey Wayne! Cartoon show to hit the North

August 30, 2013 in Events, General, News

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Hey Wayne! © Bill Stott @ procartoonists.org

Procartoonists  Bill Stott, Tony Husband, Chris Madden and Bill Tidy will open Hey Wayne! An art themed cartoon show at the Richard Goodall Gallery  in Manchester. The show is a part of the Manchester Literary Festival and will open on October 12th.

Behind the bandstand

August 19, 2013 in Events, General, News

These seaside pictures artfully displayed behind the bandstand in Herne Bay have been saved from a municipal whitewashing.

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© Banx @ Procartoonists.org

The Jeremy Banx cartoons were drawn at the recent Duchamp in Herne Bay event.

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"Operated by Serco" and "Water Aid" © Banx @ Procartoonists.org

Fears that the jokes would fall victim to a “Serco-style” cleaning operation, as noted in part one of the cartoon trio, proved unfounded. Happily, this made a planned petition to the local council redundant.

Banx told us:

‘‘Let the council be warned: If they had whitewashed my triptych, I might have been forced to redo it in Whitstable, where the arty-farty Islington-on-Sea smart set appreciate a good urinal gag’’.

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"The Acme Fracking Company" © Banx @ Procartoonists.org

Now that these cartoons have been saved for the nation, we may all look forward to Jeremy and the other Procartoonists.org members adding to the gaiety of the UK again next year.

Indeed, if you run an event that would benefit from input from a selection of the country’s best cartoonists, do feel free to contact us here to discuss possibilities.

The Round-up

August 16, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

Royston's previous talk at Summer Squall 2010

Procartoonists.org writer Royston Robertson will be giving a talk about cartoons on Bank Holiday Monday (26 August) at the Kings Theatre in Ramsgate, as part of the town’s Summer Squall arts festival. The talk begins at 11am and is completely free to attend. Royston will be showing a selection of his published cartoons and talking about the process behind producing a gag cartoon for publication. This will be his second talk for the festival, with his debut in 2010 having been very popular with the public.

Cootehill International Cartoon Festival takes place in County Cavan, Ireland, over the weekend of 14-15 September.  The event will feature workshops, exhibitions and live drawing, and Hunt Emerson, Tim Leatherbarrow and Graeme Keyes are among the cartoonists taking part. Check the festival’s Facebook page for updates.

AFP.com talks to Kash, a political cartoonist who has made a career out of finding humour in the political and social troubles in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. Read the interview here. You can also see Kash draw and hear him talk about his work in this video.

And finally, PCOer Alexander Matthews gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how he arrived at his take on Ball Boy for The Beano.

The Round-up

August 11, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

 

© Kipper Williams @Procartoonists.org

Above: with the Duchamp in Herne Bay festivities now behind us, there’s just room for this cartoon by Kipper Williams – featuring the names of participating cartoonists, many of whom are among our membership. The original is hanging in a gallery space in the Kent seaside town, as part of an exhibition of art cartoons to tie in with the celebrations.

Alexander Matthews, a cartoonist for The Beano and member of Procartoonists.org, has started a campaign to improve the quality of children’s comics by making them more reliant on great content and less on cover-mounted freebies. He is suggesting a change to the way in which free gifts are treated under VAT rules, and is seeking support for the campaign – which he believes would benefit comic fans and cash-strapped parents alike. Read more on Alex’s blog.

Another PCO member, Tony Husband, has had cartoons about his father’s dementia tweeted to millions, courtesy of Stephen Fry. See the cartoons here, here and here. Fry also wrote the introduction for I Nearly Died Laughing, a collection of Tony’s gag cartoons that was published last year.

Looking ahead to October, Sue Grayson Ford of The Campaign for Drawing writes about what to expect from this year’s Big Draw, and how to take part.

In an interview for Truthout, political cartoonist Matt Bors discusses his influences, the dangers of on-spec work, and the value of comics journalism. Read it here.

And finally, The New Yorker’s Bob Mankoff looks at what is often considered to be one of the hardest forms of cartoon to master: the captionless gag.

Tales from Herne Bay

August 9, 2013 in Events, General, News

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Ralph Steadman and Karol Steele finally meet at Duchamp in Herne Bay Photograph: © Andy Steele @ Procartoonists.org

Photographer Kasia Kowalska writes:

It was 30 years ago that Ralph Steadmancame to give a talk on cartoon drawing and political satire at The University of Kent.

At that time the British Cartoon Archive was still a fledgling. After the talk, Ralph gave a practical presentation on political caricatures by drawing members of the audience.

A young student Karol Steele was in the audience that day. She dearly wished to speak to Steadman but in spite of her friends’ encouragement, she hid in the back paralysed by most crippling shyness. She always regretted it bitterly.

And so passed 30 years and the much admired artist was due to pay a visit to Herne Bay during the Duchamp Festival. Karol was determined not to let the opportunity pass her for the second time!

Full of hope and anticipation she came to the Bandstand on 3rd August in search of her hero.

When we spoke she reflected that “most of the truly embarrassing things that can happen to a person already have happened” to her so there was nothing left but to pluck up the courage and make amends for her shyness of her student days.

Having heard this story early in the day and realising we were both alumni of the same university, I was keen to help her and promised to look out for her and let her know when Ralph Steadman would arrive at the Bandstand. And so it came to pass that I was lucky enough to find her in the buzzing crowd and point her in the direction of the artist.

She found him a most generous and obliging man who listened to her story with avid interest and who, without hesitation, agreed to draw a picture for her.

“30 years of regret wiped out in 10 minutes!” said Karol clutching a splendid drawing of herself and her husband. Even the family dog was immortalised and included in the artwork.

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Extracted from a drawing by Ralph Steadman for Karol Steele @ Procartoonists.org

I believe Karol got over her shyness. She will be starring in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury in September.

Ed adds: Thanks to Kasia for the news, the photograph and for a heart-warming story to end the week. Good luck to Karol for her upcoming show.

Cartoonists make mark on Herne Bay

August 6, 2013 in Events, General, News

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Kipper Williams and Martin Honeysett @Procartoonists.org

They came, they drew, and they even made the odd Marcel Duchamp-style “art statement” …

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Glenn Marshall plays the thinker @Procartoonists.org

We hope you enjoy this small selection of photos from the Live Cartoonists in the Bandstand event, which was part of the Duchamp in Herne Bay festival that kicked off at the weekend.

Nathan Ariss, chairleg of Procartoonists.org, said: “Herne Bay hasn’t seen anything like it. Just like our ‘stand-up’ relations, over 20 of the nation’s best ‘sit-down’ comedians set about wowing the expectant crowds, in an spectacular tour de force of gags, graffitti, political statement, absurdist fantasy and rampant public engagement. We really couldn’t have achieved a thing without the superb collective spirit and enthusiasm shown. Bravo!”

A nod to Banksy. Some "vandalism" by Banx @Procartoonists.org

A nod to Banksy. Some "vandalism" by Banx @Procartoonists.org

Of course, the beautiful weather was as much of a draw as the cartoons! @Procartoonists.org

Of course, the beautiful weather was as much of a draw as the cartoons! @Procartoonists.org

The heat was no reason to lower sartorial standards for the dapper Andrew Birch

The heat was no reason to lower sartorial standards for the dapper Andrew Birch @Procartoonists.org

Surrealism @Procartoonists.org

Surrealist caricatures @Procartoonists.org

Duchamp and satire by Dave Brown @Procartoonists.org

Duchamp and satire by Dave Brown @Procartoonists.org

The kids fill the big canvas @Procartoonists.org

The kids fill the big canvas @Procartoonists.org

One for the album: It's Ralph Steadman @Procartoonists.org

One for the album: It's Ralph Steadman @Procartoonists.org

Collaboration!

Collaborative cartooning @Procartoonists.org

The public are happy so it must be time for a drink ... @Procartoonists.org

The public are happy so it must be time for a drink ... @Procartoonists.org

Actually there was more than mineral water on offer as the day ended with the official opening of exhibitions of cartoons in the lavatories, Gents and Ladies, of various Shepherd Neame pubs. The openings — yes, with a ribbon, big scissors and everything — were accompanied by much refreshment until noses were red, cartoon-style.

Or was that the sunburn?

Thanks to Kasia Kowalska for taking the photos. Others courtesy of Carole Manley, Glenn Marshall, Jeremy Banx.

You can find the artists who contributed to this year’s event in our portfolios.

Event: We are not dead, we are in Herne Bay

August 2, 2013 in Events, General, News

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Marcel Duchamp artist and cartoonist @ procartoonists.org

Whether or not you believe in art or artists, the man who coined the quote is responsible for this weekend’s cartoon activities at what is sure to be a sunny Herne Bay in Kent.

Pack your fur coat and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Duchamp event programme or enjoy this homage to one of his more famous works — Fountain.

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Homage to Marcel Duchamp's Fountain @ Procartoonists.org

Cartoonists attendees, both ladies and gentlemen, the latter with zips suitably adjusted will be appearing on Saturday.

Thanks are passed to Ralph Steadman, who donated the pissoir, above, and Hunt Emerson who made the poster below.

Duchampions_Poster_at_Herne_Bay_at_Procartoonists.org © Hunt Emerson

© Hunt Emerson @ procartoonists.org

There are opportunities to purchase cartoon originals  throughout the day and to follow the pub philosophy cartoon trail through the pubs of the town courtesy of event sponsors Shepherd Neame.

And don’t forget the competition to win a Steadman print in which you can compete if you use Twitter. All you have to do is Tweet using the hashtag #DuchampHB.

Ralph Steadman competition at Duchamp Herne Bay @ procartoonists.org

Ralph Steadman competition at Duchamp Herne Bay @ procartoonists.org