Cartoonists’ Rights Network – freedom for Atena Farghadani letter

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.

Artist/activist Atena Farghadani, from a Youtube posting

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>>

 

The internet’s most TROLLED Cartoonist

June 8, 2015 in General, News

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 Internet’s Most Trolled Cartoonist

Ben Garrison Troll Cartoon

 

 

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.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon book Draw The Line Here published

June 8, 2015 in News

Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book for Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists

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.

Cartoons inside Draw The Line Here by professional cartoonists

 

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.

 

New Yorker’s Roz Chast – Outstanding Cartoonist of the year

June 1, 2015 in General, News

Roz Chast continues her winning season with the 2015 Reuben Award, presented Saturday evening in Washington.

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.

FULL STORY from the Washing Post HERE>>>

 

Cartoonist named journalist of year

May 30, 2015 in News

Chronicle Herald cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff / File)

YES, IT HAPPENS sometimes, or at least once. At the National Newspaper Awards in Canada Bruce MacKinnon was named journalist of the year for his work as a cartoonist on the Chronicle Herald.

FULL STORY HERE>>>

Getting a fix in Soho?

May 18, 2015 in General

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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.

Cartoonist Terry Anderson – Profile

May 17, 2015 in News

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PROFESSIONAL CARTOONISTS’ Organisation member, Terry Anderson has been a cartoonist since the age of seventeen with illustrations and strips for The Glasgow Herald.

He studied at the Joe Kubert School in New Jersey before returning to Scotland and becoming a founding member of the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio in 1999. Since then he’s served in an organisational role as well as working as a cartoonist, most recently getting the Auld Acquaintance Exhibition on the road (you can see the PCO coverage HERE. Terry has also been a past president of the Scottish Artists Union.

Visual Minute

As well as caricaturing (as well as workshops, most recently at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival) Terry does a lot of visual minutes/graphic recording; this is when  cartoonist is hired by companies to graphically illustrate the main points of a business discussion. His most recent ‘visual minutes’ gig was for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Culture; nothing on their site yet but, apparently, drawings will appear there shortly.

Caricature Commission

Illustrations for educational and promotional purposes are also part of the Terry Anderson mix.

Terry usually keeps an eye on topical affairs on his Twitter account HERE.

The Studio and SAU: http://scottishcartoons.com   http://www.sau.org.uk

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Cartoonist Terry Anderson – Profile

May 17, 2015 in General, News

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PROFESSIONAL CARTOONISTS’ Organisation member, Terry Anderson has been a cartoonist since the age of seventeen with illustrations and strips for The Glasgow Herald.

He studied at the Joe Kubert School in New Jersey before returning to Scotland and becoming a founding member of the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio in 1999. Since then he’s served in an organisational role as well as working as a cartoonist, most recently getting the Auld Acquaintance Exhibition on the road (you can see the PCO coverage HERE. Terry has also been a past president of the Scottish Artists Union.

Visual Minute

As well as caricaturing (as well as workshops, most recently at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival) Terry does a lot of visual minutes/graphic recording; this is when  cartoonist is hired by companies to graphically illustrate the main points of a business discussion. His most recent ‘visual minutes’ gig was for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Culture; nothing on their site yet but, apparently, drawings will appear there shortly.

Caricature Commission

Illustrations for educational and promotional purposes are also part of the Terry Anderson mix.

Terry usually keeps an eye on topical affairs on his Twitter account HERE.

The Studio and SAU: http://scottishcartoons.com   http://www.sau.org.uk

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Cartoonist Ralph Steadman comments on topical events

May 7, 2015 in General, News

Cartoonist Ralph Steadman

UK CARTOONIST Ralph Steadman was approached by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation for permission to allow the Independent to use his cartoon in a forthcoming puff piece for the book Draw The line Here.

His response was hilariously encouraging and enlightening at the same time.

OF COURSE YOU CAN!!!  PCO – GO-GO-GO!!!

Quick response!!! SCHNELL!! BITTE!!!  Das ist GUT!!!  YAH!!!  Of course you have my permission – and which line would that be???

The Metropolitan Mohammed Line!!?  All this Religious madness is sickening!  And now TEXAS!!!

Although I thought that the Competition to draw Mohammed was a tad provocative……England has a fine tradition of Mockery based cartoons going back to Hogarth, Cruikshank and Gilray, et al….. some folks think that a caricature of themselves is a rude personal insult and do not accept that it is only fun – I have been confronted by such people!  Though no one has yet tried to shoot me!

Warmest regards

RALPH

PCO Annual Committee Meeting and Chris Beetles Gallery

May 6, 2015 in Events, News

Chris Beetles Cartoon Gallery - Sign

THE OCCASION of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation’s Annual Committee Meeting in London gave rise to the perfect excuse to take advantage of the invite to a Chris Beetles Gallery private viewing.

The Americans Are Coming is a major selling exhibition of 300 cartoons and illustrations showcasing the best of American Cartoon Art from the last 100 years. And what a show it was.

American Cartoons in Chris Beetles Gallery

 

There was a staggering number of exhibits by legends such as Al Hirschfeld, David Levine, Edward Sorel and Charles Addams just to name a few.

Cartoons by Al Hirschfeld Chris Beetles Gallery

Live, in person, were Arnold Roth, Pat Oliphant and Edward Koren, each of whom were introduced by cartoonist, filmmaker and ex-Python Terry Gilliam. Pat Oliphant was drawing a large Uncle Sam. When asked if he was enjoying working live he said: “It means I don’t have to make conversation!” A further enquiry about what he thought about the current crop of American cartoonists (with the Daryl Cagle network in mind) prompted the dry: “I try not to think about them at all!”

Cartoonist Pat Oliphant drawing

 

Terry Gilliam made the very heartfelt point about works of art, paintings, sculptures etc being given pride of place in living rooms whereas cartoon art is always traditionally reserved for toilets. A situation of perception that he wished could be changed. “Cartoon Art belongs in the living rooms” he could be paraphrased as saying.

Cartoonist and Python Terry Gilliam

As usual, the hustle and bustle of a private viewing meant that it was difficult to see everything comfortably, so this exhibition is one that definitely deserves repeated visits.

The exhibition, The Americans Are Coming, runs at The Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 – 10 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6QB, from now until Saturday May 30th.