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Christmas comes early: The Best of Kipper Williams – out now

September 20, 2016 in General

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Working on the premise that advertisers feel no compunction about promoting Easter eggs in January, the PCO is happy to shamelessly plug our very own Kipper Williams’ new book as a must-purchase stocking filler.

One of Britain’s most popular cartoonists, Kipper’s work has appeared in virtually all the major publications including the Spectator, the Guardian, Private Eye, the Sunday Times and Country Life.

His book ‘In or Out?’- Europe in Cartoons’ was published by Amberley ahead of the EU Referendum in 2016. He has illustrated a number of books including Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ and Dr Tanya Byron’s ‘Your Child, Your Way’.

You can enjoy an early Kippermas by purchasing the book here.

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Nathan Ariss ponders the ‘filler’ – plus the happy rookie mistake!

September 20, 2016 in General


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Nathan Ariss writes:

If I blogged, I guess this would be a nice enough subject to fill my social media day with, in full expectation of some ‘yeah, been there’ comments and other helpful feedback about the perils and delights of submitting cartoons to publications. There’s rules, of course:

1) Keep accurate, up-to-the-day records about where you have submitted cartoons to.
Thus ensuring 2) doesn’t happen…

2) Do not submitted a previously-rejected cartoon to the very same publication some months later!

Combine this ‘undersight’ with an inevitable last-minute ‘filler’ cartoon (the one you never think will tickle or probably ever get published) to make up a nice ‘Benedict’ (a number batch of 6 or 10 to submit is generally considered good form), and you have the lesser-spotted double-whimsy of today’s delight for me. They accepted it!

The cartoon was published in the September issue of Prospect magazine.

In other words, forget the bloody rules at times, and learn to love your mistakes.

You can see more of Nathan’s work here.

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CRNI call for cartoons in support of detained refugee artist Eaten Fish

September 18, 2016 in General


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Via Terry Anderson:

Dear friends and colleagues,

You may all have seen our press release about a month ago, identifying cartoonist Eaten Fish as the 2016 recipient of our Award for Courage and Editorial Cartooning.

The award will be given out at the final dinner of this year’s convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Durham, North Carolina, on the evening of September 24, 2016.

We are in the last week or so before the convention. Our liaison in Australia with Eaten Fish is Janet Galbraith a poet and founding member of an organization trying to help the inmates of the infamous Manus Island refugee camp. The camp serves the refugee detention needs of the government of Australia.

While I know this is very late notice, Janet advises us that at this point a strong diplomatic and cartooning initiative coinciding with the award could make a very big difference in Eaten Fish’s immediate future.

Our diplomatic strength comes in the figure of one of our board of director members, a former US ambassador to the Netherlands, Cynthia Schneider. She and Nik Kowser met at the Australian Embassy yesterday and was introduced to some very influential people from the media and certain diplomatic circles in Australia.

They recommended using the award ceremony as a pivot point or other diplomatic and cartooning initiatives. This is a critical time for the fate of Eaten Fish, and other inmates at Manus Island, as a very large cohort of inmates have recently sent letters to a number of international protection agencies and a number of heads of state asking intervention with the illegal operations at Manus Island. It will be a poor show if these great risk takers aren’t followed quickly by the international community.

Would you please be so kind as to alert your membership that we would like cartoonists from all over the world to generate a cartoon or two that will support the freedom and basic human rights of Eaten Fish and other inmates of Manus Island.

There is plenty about him on the Internet. There are some good links as well on our website.

Please ask your cartoonists to draw as quickly as possible sending their cartoons to you for your own website and copy me at so we can work the cartoons into something public in time for the convention.

Thanks so much,

Bro Russell
Executive Director
Cartoonists Rights Network International

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1066 and all that…

September 15, 2016 in General


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The Hastings Cartoon Festival couldn’t wish for a better kick start than tonight’s A Taste of Honeysett exhibition at Hastings Museum. Be warned, however: this is not a gentle introduction to the cartooning art! The late and much lamented man dipped his pen into a bottle containing the darkest inky black humour, producing work of acerbic wit conveyed by grotesques. “Moth-eaten grannies in wrinkled stockings, slippers and curlers, to slobbish youths with multiple piercings, baseball caps askew and falling-down jeans” is fellow cartoonist Ken Pyne’s description. Above all, though, Martin Honeysett’s cartoons are very, very funny and the locals will be delighted to see one of our most revered cartoonists’ work being displayed in the town he made his home.


© Clive Goddard

Other highlights of the Festival will be Hastings Bonfire Weekend; on Saturday 15th October there will be a special event at Hastings Museum with a panel of PCO members led by Royston Robertson, and on Sunday 16 October there will be a whole day of free cartooning events in Stade Hall and on The Stade. There will also be an exhibition of 1066 related originals and prints by some of our finest cartoonists, all of which are for sale so you can buy your own little slice of history!


© Rupert Besley

The Festival has been made possible by the support of Hastings Borough Council, the Foreshore Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Awards for All and Sussex Community Foundation.

To learn more about the event you can read Erica Smith’s Hastings Online Times article and visit the website, Facebook page and Twitter.

You might also like to read the PCO’s very own Cathy Simpson’s wonderful tribute to Martin Honeysett, also from the Hastings Online Times.

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September 4, 2016 in General

One or the other? Or both? Nathan Ariss ponders these questions and more…


Picture: “Cartoon or illustration?” From a series of Hutchinson Design and Technology books, 1991.

An occasional borelog on artists and subjectivity, and whether one really decides what kind of artist one actually is: do you let the market (eventually) decide, or do you just persist in what you feel best expresses yourself or the subject at the time… (I always think rhetorical polemics don’t require a question mark).
I haven’t the foggiest, to answer myself, as curiously I rarely actually try to over-analyse it.
As an ‘artist’ artist – please forgive if I include cartoonist in that (Arts Council England don’t, and they ‘should’ know) – I spent years surrounded by painters, illustrators and the world of graphics, and was dissuaded by school art teachers from my cartoony, ‘lower’ form, and encouraged first into realism, then interpretative, and very nearly driven to abstraction. So, I asked myself, more not than often, does it really have to accurately ‘represent’, beyond the plain patronage and rather sad aggrandising caricature commission, and particularly after photography superceded the whole superball game?
With the exception of one brilliant person on here, I very often see artists just copying their photographs, using them beyond simple reference material for their artwork, and invariably am left with the impression that the photograph might have done just as well. Perhaps it’s easier than standing ‘live’ and working the eye/brain/hand gateway to mastery, let alone adjusting to the nuance of light and texture – it is after all what gives us form, colour and ‘life’. If practising the technique is all, why is it invariably just the one technique that is worked on and comes to dominate?; to me that is as restrictive as having no technique at all. I seem to have many techniques; my commercial downfall is I seem to have too many, and often produce work in different modes even in the same batch. Perhaps it’s a lack of discipline, or intelligence, not to limit myself. The expectation for similitude is in great demand from an editor, a viewer, a buyer: how do they know they can rely on something turning out the way they expected it to? My stream-of-typing thought process here thinks that that is a very boring ‘artistic’ world indeed. ” don’t actually like the work, but at least I knew what I was getting”.

So, for years, I guess, I became technically, photographically ‘good’: boring, to my eyes, but it paid the rent. Safety in (drawing by) numbers. But even then I think I was subverting the thing and channelling my inner cartoonist. There’s no one quite so stupid as someone not applying their intelligence, I now realise.

I need to stay in more.

This article was first seen on Facebook.

See for yourself the variety in Nathan’s work right here.


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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.



© Ralph Steadman

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.


© Ralph Steadman

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


Photograph by Alexander Clouston

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


© Ralph Steadman


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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.


© Angela Martin & Cath Tate Cards

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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© Mike Turner

Dinner with family

© Mike Turner

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.


© Jen Sorenson

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


© Ann Telnaes


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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.


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


Steve gets Way down


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


A seagull’s-eye view of the proceedings


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


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)


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


Dave Brown creates another masterpiece


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


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


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


The cartoon workshop with Tim Harries was popular


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



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


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


The Surreal McCoy contributes a shared-board gag


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


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


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