August 3, 2015 in General
THE THIRD HERNE Bay Cartoon Festival took place last weekend with cartoonists and caricaturists arriving from all over the country. Three exceedingly inspirational exhibitions were permanent satellites in nearby locations around the central main event on Sunday in the Bandstand on the seafront.
A mind-bogglingly brilliant collection of cartoons by the late Martin Honeysett was accompanied by Outrage: A brief history of offensive cartoons, which contained an impressive array of prints and originals by artists from Gillray to Ralph Steadman.
The main cartoon festival exhibition, Lines In The Sand, was impressively contributed to by a large number of Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation members, and others, and this was complemented by another display of cartoons from the PCO/English Pen book Draw The Line Here, sales of which received a boost from visitors to the exhibitions and the festival.
The public event in the Bandstand consisted of large boards being covered in Herne Bay-inspired graphic jollity by both PCO and non-PCO members alike. The cartoonists in attendance were: Nathan Ariss, Jeremy Banx, Dave Brown, Matt “Hack” Buck, Des Buckley, Simon Ellinas, Tim Harries, Alex Hughes, The Surreal McCoy, Royston Robertson, Tim Ruscoe, Tim Sanders, Cathy Simpson, Bill Stott, Glenn Marshall, Rob Murray, Steve Way and Gerard Whyman. Andrew Birch was also in Herne Bay but alas was taken ill and unable to attend on the Sunday. He assures us he is much improved and we wish him well.
The festival organisers, Steve Coombes and Sue Austen, did a good job of ensuring that all cartoonists were warmly welcomed and included in the activities, as well as treating them generously with hospitality and accommodation.
The seaside location and time of the year really contributes to this event and from the positive comments received from the public, it is doing a great deal for PR and awareness of the art of cartooning.