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Ralph Steadman: then and now

August 26, 2016 in General

 

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Rediscovering Ralph Steadman’s illustrated edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm

Published in 1995, this special edition, titled “Animal Farm: A Fairy Story”, contains one hundred of the great man’s spectacular illustrations in both full colour and halftone.

Sadly, the book is now out of print. Luckily for us Maria Popova has managed to unearth a copy and provide us with a sumptuous taster of the great man’s work on this masterpiece.

 

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Accompanying Steadman’s illustrations is Orwell’s proposed but unpublished preface to the original edition, titled “The Freedom of the Press”, a sadly prescient comment on the media’s fear of public opinion and its corrosion of responsible journalism.

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More illustrations and information can be found here on the “brainpickings” website

Thanks to Glenn Marshall for drawing the Blog’s attention to Maria Popova’s article.

Ralph’s latest venture: Critical Critters

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More recently, “Mr. Porter” (in the guise of Tom M. Ford) was invited to Mr. Steadman’s home in Maidstone to discuss his latest book about endangered species, “Critical Critters”.

The conversation, however, soon veers off into wild tales of Ralph Steadman’s collaborations with the American “Gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Read them here on the “Mr. Porter” website

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Laydeez (Timez Three) do Comics

August 19, 2016 in General

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The Surreal McCoy (PCO committee member, cartoonist, illustrator, accordionist, DSO and Bar) joins cartoonists Angela Martin and Cath Tate at Gosh! Comics in London this coming Monday evening to present and talk about their work, answer questions and eat cake.

Sounds like the perfect start to the week and certainly not to be missed.

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Unbelievably, tickets are free but must be booked here: Eventbrite booking

The event, which is run by Rachael Ball and Wallis Eates, takes place at:

Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR (Nearest Tube: Piccadilly)

Times are 7:30pm – 9pm.

More information can be found here on the Laydeez do Comics website.

 

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PCO Profile: Mike Turner

August 14, 2016 in General

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Mike is one of our best loved and most widely published members. Name a publication and one of his brilliant cartoons has almost certainly appeared in it.

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He has been producing cartoons and illustrations on a full time basis since 1976 and prides himself on a fast turnaround of ideas and artwork.

To see more of Mike’s work visit his PCO portfolio page here.

 

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Drawing Hillary Clinton and incurring sexist ire

August 14, 2016 in General

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Political cartooning from a female perspective

Signe Wilkinson (The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News), Ann Telnaes (The Washington Post) and Jen Sorensen (political cartoonist and comics editor at Fusion) are three women cartoonists who have observed and satirised Clinton as the politician’s career has advanced to the current status of Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

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You can see the three cartoonists’ video interview with The Huffington Post here.

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Sun shines on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival yet again …

August 9, 2016 in General


We’ve shown you the photos of the parade of cartoonists at the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, which knocked the Rio Olympics opening ceremony into a sun hat, now here are some great photos of the Bandstand event itself, as well as the event’s exhibition openings.

Photos © Kasia Kowalska. Click images to enlarge.

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Where to begin? Matt Buck opts, logically enough, for the top left-hand corner

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Steve gets Way down

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Des Buckley and Andrew Birch draw on the shared boards. Many cartoonists contributed to these, helping to build up several murals of seaside gags

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A seagull’s-eye view of the proceedings

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Rich Skipworth goes nose-to-nose with his big board cartoon

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Glenn Marshall paints his Photo-U booth. Later he sat inside and drew strips of passport-style cartoons for paying customers, raising money for Amnesty International. There was a permanent queue

"Photos" from the booth (see above)

“Photos” from the booth (see above)

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Pete Dredge in caricature mode. He also drew general cartoons for the public, along with Roger Penwill, as they queued for caricatures drawn by Alex Hughes

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Dave Brown creates another masterpiece

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Festival regular Karol Steele, second right, with her family, in caricature form

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Master of ceremonies Steve Coombes, left, and cartoonist Andrew Birch, with Jacob Watts, 6, one of the winners of the event’s Young Cartoonists Competition

Alex Hughes inspires a future generation. Pix © Chris Williams

Alex Hughes inspires a future generation. Pic © Chris Williams

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Clockwise from top left, Royston Robertson, Gerard Whyman and Chris Williams tackle the boards

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The cartoon workshop with Tim Harries was popular

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Singer Amelia Fletcher, who performed at the event with The Catenary Wires, contributes to the large public board

 

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Jeremy Banx and Rich Skipworth. Note “cartoonist as rock star” pose

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Cathy Simpson, right, offered advice and tips on the public board

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The Surreal McCoy contributes a shared-board gag

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Clive Goddard’s wonderfully inventive peep board, featuring, clockwise from top left, Amy Amani-Goddard, Steve Way, Clive himself, and Royston Robertson

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Chris Burke’s peep board. All the cartoonists were certainly in need of a beer after another sunny day’s cartooning at the Bandstand

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Earlier, on the Saturday, Cathy Simpson hosted a workshop on drawing monsters at Beach Creative, where the main festival exhibition was also held. Pic © Royston Robertson

There were private views of the festival exhibitions, including Glenn Marshall's Not Funny at One New Street art gallery. Here's the man himself in front of his Wall of Rejection

There were private views of the festival exhibitions, including Glenn Marshall’s Not Funny at One New Street  gallery. Here he is in front of his Wall of Rejection

Specially brewed ale was available with bespoke Marshall labels

Specially brewed ale was available with bespoke Marshall labels and badges

Cartoonist Rob Murray takes in the exhibition by the late David Hawker

Cartoonist Rob Murray takes in the exhibition by late punch cartoonist David Hawker, at a private view at the tiny Bay Art Gallery. Pic © Royston Robertson

Rupert Besley, left who co-organised the Hawker exhibition, with Nathan Ariss

Rupert Besley, left, who co-organised the Hawker show, with Nathan Ariss

Postcards from the Seaside, the main festival exhibition, was opened by Sir Roger Gale, left, with Steve Coombes, the Thanet North MP. The postcard featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists riffing on the idea of seaside postcards, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard

Postcards from the Seaside, the main festival exhibition, was opened by Sir Roger Gale, left, the Thanet North MP, with Steve Coombes,

The show featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists on the theme of seaside postcards, here about to be hung, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard

The show featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists on the theme of seaside postcards, here about to be hung, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard. Pic © Royston Robertson

The show featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists on the theme of seaside postcards, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard. Article from Herne Bay Gazette, click to enlarge

Article from Herne Bay Gazette, click to enlarge

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Trump’s tilt at the Whitehouse – Garry Trudeau saw it coming years ago

August 8, 2016 in General

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Garry Trudeau is the creator of the comic strip “Doonesbury” (currently being re-run in The Guardian) and the first cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize. Perhaps foretelling the future can now be added to his list of talents…

Nearly thirty years ago Trudeau ran a series of comic strips satirising the narcissistic Trump’s political ambitions. They now appear almost prophetic as the strangely coiffeured one’s run for the Presidency unfolds as a clanger riddled farce.

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Trudeau has continued to poke fun at Trump ever since the strips first appeared in 1987. Everything from his hair (no surprise there) to his ego and thin skinned nature have been targeted as fair game. Many of these cartoons have now been collated to form a new book titled “Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.”

MSNBC”s Rachel Maddow talks to Garry Trudeau about the book here.

Many thanks to Terry Anderson for drawing this interview to the Blog’s attention.

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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016:

No rain on this parade

August 4, 2016 in General

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The sun shone brightly on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival for the fourth year running, bringing thousands of people to the town’s Bandstand on Sunday for a truly memorable day.

It began with a parade of cartoonists conducted by organiser Steve Coombes (above, with back to camera). They wielded large pencils and banners and played Oh, I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside on ukuleles.

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The cartoonists then gathered for a group photo before the drawing began. Click to enlarge and see those happy, smiling faces!

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Pictured, left to right, are:

Back row: Gerard Whyman, Roger Penwill, Rich Skipworth, Rob Murray, Chris Burke, Tim Harries, Des Buckley, Chris Williams, Alex Hughes and Dave Brown. Middle row: Cathy Simpson, The Surreal McCoy, Royston Robertson, Wilbur Dawbarn, Glenn Marshall, Pete Dredge, Clive Goddard and Simon Ellinas. Front row, kneeling: Jeremy Banx, Matt Buck, Steve Way, Rupert Besley and Andrew Birch.

We’ll have more pictures from the 2016 Herne Bay Cartoon festival later.

Pictures © Kasia Kowalska.