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Terry Anderson reflects on a tough year for satirical artists

January 5, 2016 in General

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The PCO’s Terry Anderson offers his personal take on the travails of the modern day cartoonist. As the CRNI board member says in this considered Sunday Herald essay, when he first considered cartooning as a career many tried to dissuade him from the notion, “But no-one ever said it was dangerous…”

You can read the full article here.

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“The scurrilous lies written about Charlie Hebdo”

January 5, 2016 in General

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As the anniversary of the atrocity draws near, Robert Liam Wilson launches into the English speaking media for their misunderstanding of French culture and misrepresentation of Charlie Hebdo’s place within it.

Thanks to Matthew Buck for drawing our attention to this article on The Guardian’s website.

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“The British Art of Illustration 1837-2016″ exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery

December 18, 2015 in General

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“Here’s the cover of the weighty and splendid catalogue for the current Illustrators Show at Chris Beetles Gallery in Ryder Street, London. Ideally, this information should have been blogged at the start of the exhibition, but such was our excitement at Chris Beetles agreeing to include a show of exclusively PCO members’ work in his 2016 Summer Show, I…er…forgot. So – my fault, and apologies.

I’ve seen the exhibition (several PCO members’ work in there!) and its very good indeed.

So my apologies to everybody for not keeping my eye on this particular ball. All is certainly not lost though because the Illustrators show goes on until January 9th 2016.

Please have a look at Chris Beetles website for more information.”

Bill Stott, Chair PCO

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Dissident cartoonist Jiang Yefei imprisoned following “repatriation”

December 17, 2015 in General

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CRNI highlights the case of dissident Chinese cartoonist Jiang Yefei who has been abducted under suspicious circumstances and subsequently shown in jail on state television. After Iran’s Hadar Heidari and Algeria’s Tahar Djehiche, Hefei is the third international political cartoonist to be jailed in less than a month.

Read more about it on the CRNI website.

Thanks to Terry Anderson.

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Charlie Hebdo donates millions to attack victims

December 16, 2015 in General

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Following the dreadful events at the beginning of the year, the satirical magazine received an unexpected influx of donations and readers. This led to internal tensions over what should be done with the money.

The staff of Charlie Hebdo have decided to donate the funds – estimated at £2.9 million – to all the victims of the January attacks.

More details can be found here at Global News.

Thanks to Matthew Buck.

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PCO Profile: Kate Taylor

December 16, 2015 in General

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Kate is a cartoonist and illustrator who creates strip and single panel cartoons and illustrations for a wide variety of clients across the media.

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Her work has featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, books, on calendars, greetings cards and has been animated for television.

Kate often works to tight deadlines and enjoys jobs which have a rapid turnaround rate.

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More of Kate Taylor’s work can be viewed here.

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“NOT the Royal Academy Summer Show” exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery

December 16, 2015 in General

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An exciting opportunity, open exclusively to PCO members

June 2016 sees the opening of the annual Royal Academy Summer Show wherein all manner of Art is displayed for public enlightenment.
Just around the corner from the R.A. is the Chris Beetles Gallery – in Ryder St, St. James’s, a prestigious address for a prestigious cartoon-friendly gallery.
Recently, the PCO Committee met with Chris and son Alex and suggested that they might put on a show of Art cartoons called “NOT the Royal Academy Summer Show” to coincide with yer actual R.A. Summer Show. To the Committee’s unbridled delight, Messrs. Beetles jumped at the chance. So June next year heralds a show of PCO members’ Art cartoon originals by some of the best cartoonists in the country, as part of the gallery’s Summer Show. Publishers please note.
We’re particularly pleased about this because its very difficult to find a halfway decent venue for a cartoon exhibition in London. The Chris Beetles Gallery’s THE best one.

To get a flavour of the gallery (and a peek at the ‘British Art of Illustration 1837-2015′ exhibition currently on show) visit Chris Beetles’ site.

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Thoughts from the desk of Will McPhail (and the man himself)

December 5, 2015 in General

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The supremely gifted cartoonist, illustrator and PCO member Will McPhail is about to celebrate his one year anniversary of contributing to New Yorker magazine. In recognition of this event he was asked to talk about his work processes, choice of materials and so on. Witty and provocative, Will expands the conversation beyond the 2B or not 2B into a wider discourse on life, love and lucre. Or something like that…

With thanks to Ink Spill for the link, Will’s thoughts can be gathered here on the ‘A Case for Pencils’ website.

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Cartoonists on 2015 Paris Climate Conference

December 5, 2015 in General

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The image shown above is by Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro Molina

Cartooning for Peace comprises a group of editorial cartoonists from around the world who are committed to the fight against climate change. Their views these issues are on show until 12th December.

More of the cartoons can be seen on Bado’s Blog or the Cartooning for Peace website.

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Steve Bell Wins Political Cartoonist of the Year Award

December 2, 2015 in General

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PCO member Steve Bell (seen here with his trophy) was awarded the prestigious gong in recognition of his consistently brilliant work throughout the year for The Guardian newspaper.

Other winners at last night’s awards ceremony were Peter Brookes of the Times who won Political Cartoon of the Year and Bob Moran of the Daily Telegraph was runner up in the same category.

More details can be found on sponsor Ellwood Atfield’s site.