July 1, 2015 in News
CARTOON NEWS ROUND UP:
July 1, 2015 in News
CARTOON NEWS ROUND UP:
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.
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.
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.
“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!”
June 15, 2015 in News
June 9, 2015 in News
THE CARTOONISTS’ RIGHTS Network has published an open letter to The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei appealing for the release of artist Atena Farghadani. Farghadani was arrested last August for drawing a cartoon criticising new Iranian laws imposing further restrictions of women.
The intention of the letter is to persuade the Iranian authorities to quash the sentence of 12 years and 9 months simply for drawing a cartoon whcih depicted various politicians in favour of the bill which restricts contraception to women and criminalises voluntary sterilisation.
The entire Open Letter can be seen HERE>>
FROM THE NIB, an unsettling report of how a cartoonist can become the target of various hate groups from behind the safety of their bedsit laptops:
The trolls were taunting Ben with their twisted insistence that they had as much right to their ‘freedom of speech’ by using his work to spread messages of hate as he did with his own libertarian-principled cartoons.
Ben has drawn and written a detailed account of his traumatic experience HERE.
June 8, 2015 in News
AFTER A LONG and checkered production process, the book of cartoons for the families of those who died in the Charlie Hebdo atrocity and in support of free speech, Draw The Line Here, has finally hit the bookshelves. All the crowdfunding pledgers were posted their copies last week and the historic collection of cartoons has been available on Amazon for a few weeks already.
The idea arose when English Pen, under the project management of Robert Sharp, approached crowdfunding organisation Crowdshed to find out if it would be possible to produce a book of cartoons by professional cartoonists in direct response to the Paris atrocity which occurred in January.
Draw The Line Here, available to buy HERE and, on Amazon HERE is a collection of more than 100 cartoons with a foreword by Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation patron Libby Purves. Profits from the sale of tyhe book will be split between a fund for the families of the victis of the atrocity and English Pen’s Writers At Risk Programme defending freedom of expression around the world.
Containing cartoons by professional cartoonists including the very well-known Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Kevin Kallaugher, Martin Rowson and Ralph Steadman, this collection is a historic, albeit sad, essential volume for every cartoon collector.
THE AMERICAN National Cartoonists’ Society held its annual Reuben Awards last week which appears to have been a watershed in the sharing of awards between the sexes. Traditionally an ‘old boys’ club’ The NCS has finally shaken off the shackles as, for the first time in the event’s six-decade history. a woman, The New Yorker’s Roz Chast, won the biggest honour, The Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Not only that, but six other women won in the 16 other competitive categories.
May 18, 2015 in General
Next week, our very own Simon ‘Cartoono’ Ellinas will be plying his trade in the heart of Soho – cartooning live onto a big board based on what members of the public say they love about London.
The venue is Artfix, which promotes a variety of art forms and makes them accessible to a wider audience. Simon has been engaged in the ‘Artists’ Battle’ earlier in the year (it was, of course, a DRAW), and is now taking this wonderful opportunity to exhibit the art of cartooning to the cosmopolitan Soho crowds.
Visitors will be encouraged to photograph their cartoons and share them with the world; incessant tweeting and Facebooking will ensure maximum publicity for the event – and hopefully there will be press coverage too!
You are warmly invited to come along; it all takes place at Artfix, 22 Peter Street, London W1F 0AJ from Tuesday May 19th to Monday May 25th between 2.00pm and 5.00pm, except for Sunday when the store is closed.