Herne Bay Cartoon Festival

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.

Martin Honeysett exhibition. Note: this has now been extended until 9 August

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Honeysett in Herne Bay

July 28, 2015 in Events, General, News

Honeysett exhibition poster

An exhibition of cartoons by Martin Honeysett, who died in January, is now on in Herne Bay, as part of the cartoon festival. See poster above for details.

The work on show covers editorial and gag cartooning and illustration. It includes cartoons for Private Eye, Punch, New Statesman, The Oldie, Radio Times, Sunday Telegraph and the Observer.

The illustrative work includes collaborations with Sue Townsend, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Ivor Cutler. There are also drawings produced while Martin was a visiting professor at Kyoto Seika University and depictions of local scenes in Hastings, where he lived.

The cartoon in the poster above, which lampoons the town’s somewhat gappy pier, was drawn by Martin on a big board at the festival last year. Here he is at the all-important pencilling stage.

Martin Honeysett begins his big board cartoon at Herne Bay 2014

Martin Honeysett begins his big board cartoon at Herne Bay 2014

Cartoonists will be gathering in Herne Bay once again this weekend, and are sure to raise a glass to their departed and much-missed colleague.

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Outrage! First Herne Bay Cartoon Festival exhibition opens

July 20, 2015 in Events, General, News

Outrage! A brief history of offensive cartoons -- poster

The exhibition Outrage! A brief history of offensive cartoons is now on at the Seaside Museum in Herne Bay, Kent, the first event in the third Herne Bay Cartoon Festival.

It includes works from the British Cartoon Archive in Canterbury and features David Low, the infamous Oz schoolkids’ edition, a cartoon Private Eye didn’t dare publish and a one that provoked a diplomatic incident. There is also a never-before-seen Ralph Steadman, his response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, which is also a demonstration of the right to offend.

The museum is at 12 William Street, Herne Bay, open Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. The show runs until 16 August.

The main festival exhibition, Lines in the Sand, will be held at Beach Creative from 28 July to 9 August. The gallery is in Beach Street and is open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 11am-3pm.

There will also be an exhibition of cartoons by the late Martin Honeysett, who exhibited and appeared at the first two Herne Bay events. That will be at the Bay Art Gallery, William Street, from 28 July. The gallery is open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm.

The main day of live drawing at the Bandstand, featuring big boards, workshops, caricatures, and more, is Sunday 2 August, from 12pm-5pm. There will also be comic strip and cartoon workshops at Beach Creative on Saturday 1 August and at the Bandstand on the Sunday.

Jeremy Banx's poster for the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, as seen in Private Eye

Jeremy Banx’s poster for the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, as seen in Private Eye

The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is sponsored by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation and and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

We’ll have more nearer the time. You can see lots more coverage of the previous two events, including videos by David Good, in our Herne Bay archive.

Alice in Cartoon Land at Cartoon Museum

July 16, 2015 in Events, News

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ALICE IN CARTOON Land is the current exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London. 150 years after the publication of Lewis Carroll’s world famous story about the little girl’s magical adventures with a bewildering array of strange characters and weird experiences, the Cartoon Museum has put up a display organised by writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, a prominent member of the Lewis Carroll Society.

Cartoon Museum Brian Sibley

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The exhibition features works from across the decades by cartoonists who have featured Alice themes in their cartoons. Artists represented range from Low, Vicky, Shepard and Illingworth to via Searle and ffolkes to Scarfe, Steadman and Rowson. There are Alice posters by Gilroy advertising Guinness, cartoon strips featuring Flook and Snoopy, pages from comics and graphic novels and original animation art from film and TV versions of Alice. There is also one wall of freshly-drawn cartoons by Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation members.

Cartoons by PCO

The event was very well attended, with cartooning luminaries such as Steve Bell and Dave Brown and Bryan Talbot, writer and artist of many graphic novels.

cartoonists Bell and Brown

Photo by Kasia Kowalska

 

 

 

In the view of the blog editor, this is one of the best cartoon exhibitions the Museum has put on in a long time, such is the length, breadth and variety of artworks and ephemera on show. Perhaps it just goes to show how inspiring to artists Charles Dodgson’s original masterpiece has always been. Well worth a visit and a vote of congratulations and thanks to Brian Sibley and Carton Museum curators, Anita O’Brien and Sarah Batten.

Cartoon Museum's Anita O'Brien and Sarah Batten

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Save the Warsaw Museum of Caricature

July 9, 2015 in News

 

THE ASSOCIATION OF Polish Caricaturists is objecting to the merger of the Warsaw Museum of Caricature into the more general Museum of Warsaw.

“In our opinion there is no logic to this merger. The uniqueness of the Museum of Caricature depends entirely on its independence as a cultural institution,” says Witold Mysyrowicz for the Warsaw Museum of Caricature.

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Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch in London

July 9, 2015 in General, News

Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book for Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists

DRAW THE LINE HERE, the cartoon book produced by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation with English Pen and Crowdshed, was officially launched last night at an event hosted by Crowdshed in London.

Crowdshed owner Henry Freeman at the Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

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The proceedings were kicked off by Crowdshed owner Henry Freeman who welcomed everyone to the event which has been the culmination of more than six months activity ever since the tragic events in Paris back in January.

Libby Purves speaks at Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

Photo by Mika Schick

Foreword writer and PCO patron, the journalist, broadcaster and novelist Libby Purves spoke to an impressively large audience in the comfortably appointed performance space above the Crowdshed offices.

PCO Chairman Bill Stott speaks at the Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

Photo by Mika Schick

Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation Chairperson Bill Stott gave an impassioned speech about the role of cartooning and satire in upholding the human right of freedom of speech.

Independent Cartoonist Dave Brown addresses the crowds at the Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

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The Independent Newspaper cartoonist Dave Brown backed this up from his own perspective as a leading daily poilitical cartoonist well-used to sticking his neck out in the interests of Satire, Truth and the Cartoonist’s Way.

Robert Sharp of English Pen at Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

English Pen organiser Robert Sharp also spoke about Draw The Line Here’s contribution to their ongoing global campaigns for freedom of speech.

Audience at Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book Launch

Photo by Mika Schick

There was an impressively large audience of enthusiasts, supporters and cartoonists and the event was well covered in social media.

Draw The Line Here cartoon Book Launch Tweets

 

 

 

BUY DRAW THE LINE HERE –  HERE (amazon) >>> or HERE (English Pen)>>> All funds go to help the families of Charlie Hebdo victims and to English Pen’s campaigns for freedom of speech. Not only that, but it’s also a fantastic collection of cartoons given completely freely by some of the UK’s best cartoonists in response to a terrible historic event.

 

 

 

 

Draw The Line Here cartoon book in national press

July 3, 2015 in News

Cartoon book by cartoonists in Morning Star

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THE PROFESSIONAL Cartoonists’ Organisation‘s collection of cartoons inspired by the Charlie Hebdo murders has received a very positive review in the UK national newspaper The Morning Star.

“Draw The Line Here is a spontaneous response by British political cartoonists to the murderous violation of . . . freedom of satire”

With some of the book’s cartoons shown, by Bill Stott, Jonathan Pugh, Matthew Pritchett and Martin Rowson, the article goes on to say, “The phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ might well be something of a cliché but it encapsulates the belief and intentions of both the individual artists and those who made this publication possible.”

You can buy Draw The Line Here HERE>>> on the English Pen site or HERE>>> on Amazon. Proceeds go towards a fund for the families of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and towards English Pen’s global Freedom of Speech campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Cartoon News – Round Up – links

July 1, 2015 in News

 

CARTOON NEWS ROUND UP:

Women in Cartooning – a talk by Ann Telnaes at Moses Znaimer’s IdeaCity Conference in Toronto earlier this month.

Ann Telnaes

 

RONALD SEARLE – a tribute site covers lesser-known facets of his life complete with wonderful illustrations

American politician “jokes” about wanting to shoot a cartoonist…

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Astonishing case of Cartoon Plagiarism. American cartoonist Bob Englehart reveals how his flags cartoon was brazenly ripped off.

Scotland’s comic book festival is now on in Glasgow:

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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival approaches

July 1, 2015 in Events, General, News

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival poster by Jeremy Banx

With the scorching hot weather we’re having, it’s a good time to think about planning a trip to the seaside. And Herne Bay in Kent is just the place to go.

The third Herne Bay Cartoon Festival begins later this month with an exhibition called Lines in the Sand opening at the Beach Creative gallery on 28 July. As you can see from the excellent poster above, by Procartoonists.org member Jeremy Banx, there will also be a live cartooning day in the Bandstand on the sea front once again, with big board cartoons, caricatures, and a few surprises. That takes place on Sunday 2 August.

This year there will also be an exhibition of cartoons from the British Cartoon Archive, on the history of cartoons and people taking offence at them, as well as a show in tribute to the late Martin Honeysett, who exhibited and appeared at the first two Herne Bay cartoon events.

This year’s event builds on the success of the first one, when it was part of a Marcel Duchamp celebration, and last year’s standalone Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside. It sponsored by the PCO and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

We’ll have more on the festival nearer the time. Meanwhile, you can seen lots more PCO coverage of the previous two events, including great videos by David Good, in the Herne Bay archive.

Cartoonist Royston organises poster in a brewery . . .

June 19, 2015 in General, News

PCO MEMBER, cartoonist Royston Robertson reports on an interesting commission he undertook recently. While most cartoonists have to make do with the usual speculative submissions to the shrinking gag cartoon market or highly-specific corporate cartoons for Car Rental  companies or the European Rubber production industries, Royston found himself asked to produce something for one of his local pubs.

Cartoon for Four Candles by cartoonist Royston Robertson

Royston takes up the story: “Mike Beaumont, landlord of the Four Candles micropub in Broadstairs asked me to come up with a large cartoon poster on the brewing process, to mark the fact that the pub recently started making its own beer on the premises and is officially Britain’s smallest brewpub.

“The idea was to show the brewing process – where and when the hops and barley are added, timings, temperatures etc, in a humorous way, while including daft comments from many of the regulars. I am a regular myself, so I know you get a lot of daft comments in the Four Candles.

Cartoonist Royston Robertson with his Four Candles Cartoon Poster

“It was a really fun job to do. Once finished we had it printed on a 107cm by 193cm Foamex board and laminated, because it has been placed by the stillage, where all the casks go, so it’s sure to get splashed a lot!”