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

August 8, 2016 in General


© Garry Trudeau

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.


© Garry Trudeau

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.


© Garry Trudeau


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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016:

No rain on this parade

August 4, 2016 in General

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.



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


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.

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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016

July 24, 2016 in Events, General, News

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016
The fourth Herne Bay Cartoon Festival takes place next month. The festival’s flagship live event will be held, as usual, in the Bandstand on the seafront, on Sunday 31 July.

More than 20 cartoonists from all over the country will be there to draw big-board cartoons, cartoon murals, caricatures and to host workshops. There will also be opportunities for the public to release their inner cartoonists and a few surprises and other general silliness.

The main festival exhibition, Postcards from the Seaside, is currently being put together and will feature cartoons all about the seaside, many offering modern spins on the classic saucy seaside postcards drawn by the likes of Donald McGill, much as the Independent cartoonist Dave Brown has done in the brilliant poster, above.

The exhibition opens at the Beach Creative gallery on Tuesday 26 July and runs until Sunday 14 August.

There will also be an exhibition of the work of the Punch cartoonist David Hawker, who died last August. Original cartoons by Hawker, who specialised in poking fun at petty middle-class concerns, can be seen at the Bay Art Gallery, on the same dates as the Beach Creative show.

Giles at the Seaside

Kicking off the festival, from Saturday 2 July, the Seaside Museum will host the exhibition Giles at the Seaside. Featuring a selection of seaside-themed cartoons by the much-loved Daily Express cartoonist, and spanning more than five decades, it is run in conjunction with the British Cartoon Archive in Canterbury.

This year also sees the launch of the festival’s first East Kent Young Cartoonists competition. There will be prizes for the winners and the best entries will be displayed during the festival.

To link in with that, there will be cartoon workshops at the Seaside Museum on 9 July, with myself and fellow PCO member Des Buckley.

Herne Bay Cartoon Workshop

And there’s more … but it’s all still being worked out. For updates follow @HBCartoonFest on Twitter or go to

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

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Glenn Marshall takes his seat on the PCO committee

July 17, 2016 in General


Glenn swots up for his first committee meeting

Seeing as cabinet shuffles are all the rage, the PCO has undertaken one of its own. We’re happy to report, however, that our manoeuvres were not politically motivated – and no knives were plunged into backs – as Simon Elinas stepped down voluntarily, his tour of duty complete. He leaves with the thanks and best wishes of his fellow committee members.

Into the breach steps the winner of The Most Colourful Man Ever to Appear in Monochrome Attire award, Mr. Glenn Marshall.


A noted introvert, Glenn prefers to blend into the background at social events

Raised in Shropshire and trained at Shrewsbury & Newport Schools of Art (he missed the week they taught how to draw noses), Glenn is now based in London. As well as being a seriously gifted cartoonist he has a wealth of broadcasting experience. He has also been known to turn his hand to animation from time to time.

Glenn says he hopes to bring fresh ideas, Fig Newtons and terrifying self portraits to the committee table.


‘A Study in Calm’ – Self Portrait © Glenn Marshall

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New Yorker cartoonist Michael Crawford, 1941-2016

July 17, 2016 in General


© Michael Crawford

So close to the passing of Frank Dickens, the PCO is sad to report the loss of another member of the cartooning family: Michael Crawford.

Fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Peter Steiner, commented: “When Michael Crawford died, we lost an interesting and gifted artist”.

Another, Joe Dator, said: “Mr. Crawford had an absurd space-cadet sense of humor that I always admired.”

Condolences to friends and family of this wonderful cartoonist.

More tributes from New Yorker cartoonists can be read here on Michael Maslin’s Inkspill site.

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Superheroes to the rescue for News Corporation Australia?

July 17, 2016 in General

News Corp

News Corporation’s Australian Headquarters

Newspapers cut comics.

Newspapers lose readers.

Newspapers offer a free comic to win back readers.

As champions of the cartooning, illustration and comic book arts, the PCO have, in the past, drawn attention to the false economies perpetrated upon our industry by faceless bean counters in articles such as this.

Now another bizarre twist is added to this ongoing saga.

It’s all up for grabs Down Under as News Corporation Australia try to boost their ailing print circulation figures by launching a Marvel Super Heroes Collection.



The Marvel Collection © Marvel Comics

The first collectable comic book, featuring Spider-Man together with a collector’s case, will be free with the purchase of a newspaper, while subsequent issues will sell for $2.60 each over the two-week period.

“Super heroes are a part of growing up as they inspire and motivate kids to achieve the impossible,” said Damian Eales, MD, metro and regional, News Corporation.

“Fingers crossed they’ll have a similar effect on our newspaper sales”, he might have added…

Thanks to The Surreal McCoy, via Glen Le Lievre, for drawing this to the Blog’s attention.

You can find more information on this story at the Print 21 site.

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Frank Dickens RIP

July 12, 2016 in General


Frank Dickens © Martin Reidl

The PCO is sad to report that Frank Dickens, the creator of the much loved comic strip “Bristow”, has died aged 84.

“Bristow” was initially rejected by every national newspaper and first appeared in the regionals. The Evening Standard decided to take it in 1962 and it went on to be syndicated worldwide, except in the US, where Dickens rejected suggestions that his characters should be Americanised.

According to The Guinness Book of World Records it became the longest-running daily cartoon strip by a single author.


Bristow © Frank Dickens

However Dickens’s greatest success, in financial terms at least, came through the syndication in the US of another strip entitled “Albert Herbert Hawkins: The Naughtiest Boy in the World”, even though it was banned from some American school libraries for advocating “defiance of adult authority by showing misbehavior for which the protagonist goes unpunished”.

An interesting technical side note is that Dickens is said to have invented the device whereby the words of the action (“tap, tap”; “flick, flick” etc) appear beside the character. He claimed it came about due to his inability to draw expression and movement well enough.


Albert Herbert Hawkins © Frank Dickens

Dickens also wrote several children’s books (one of which was illustrated by Ralph Steadman) and had work adapted for stage and radio. He also wrote two thrillers centred around the world of cycle racing, something he knew a great deal about, having moved to Paris after doing his National Service, hoping to compete in the Tour de France but failing to qualify…

His obituary in The Daily Telegraph (see link below) tells of a life lived and a penchant for disrobing at inappropriate moments. Dickens’s marriage, to Maria del Sagrario, ended in divorce after 13 years, he recalled, because “when she learnt to speak English she realised she didn’t like me.” Their daughter survives him.

Frank Dickens, born December 9 1931, died July 8 2016

The Daily Telegraph obituary can be read here

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On the fringes at Herne Bay

July 7, 2016 in Events, General, News

Glenn Marshall Not Funny poster

Like any good festival, the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival has a fringe. And his name is Glenn Marshall. He writes:

The cartoonists who get exhibitions are the successful, good ones. This exhibition sets to redress the balance.

Full of ideas that don’t quite work, drawings that don’t quite look right and text that is completely illegible, it’s a story of pain, ridicule and regret. Let’s celebrate the mediocre!

Sadly my cartoon anthology that the exhibition was due to coincide with is still in early development, see below, but I will be having “The Book Launch Without A Book” over the festival weekend.

Glenn Marshall Not Funny portfolio

Thanks Glenn! The cartoon exhibition is at One New Street gallery and is sponsored by The Bay Brewer.

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PCO members on Brexit

July 7, 2016 in General

Like the rest of the country PCO members were divided on the issue of whether to stay or leave. These cartoons reflect that schism.


© Matt Buck

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© Steve Bright (Brighty)

Brexit - free at last

© Terry Anderson


© Noel Ford


© Pete Dredge


© Royston Robertson

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Canadian editorial cartoonists’ round table televised debate

July 3, 2016 in General

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Zoomer TV broadcast on political cartooning

Via Bado’s Blog

A veritable who’s who of Canadian editorial cartoonists gathered to debate the state of political cartooning in their native country. Lending an American perspective to the proceedings were The Economist’s Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) and Ann Telnaes of The Washington Post.

Conrad Black – a target of more cartoonists’ satirical barbs then most – completed the televised line-up


Sue Dewar of the Toronto Sun

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The Montreal Gazette’s Terry Mosher

You can watch the programme here on the Zoomer Television website.