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Nathan Ariss: a call for inaction

November 18, 2016 in General


You can die of exposure, you know…

Nathan Ariss writes:

General Artistic Strike – call for inaction, New Year’s Day

A General Strike of all culture, arts, music, dance, drama, poetry, illustration, cartoon, design, is now in effect. All ‘creatives’ will henceforth produce not a single word, or note, or sound, or sign, or symbol, that might stir, nourish, inform, amuse, or in any way entertain or satirise, and an embargo has been placed on all recordings, and any and all previous and published materials.

Anyone found in a public place listening to, laughing, reading, or enjoying anything regarded as having required artistic input, will be frog-marched immediately to the nearest over-priced, zero tax-yielding coffee emporium and made to contribute to the ‘Artists starve in garrets because it helps maintain their artistic integrity, and anyway they’d do it for nothing’ boxes, which will be provided there.

This action will only be called off when no further requests for free artwork, ‘pay-to-play’, nor mentions of exposure as adequate recompense or remuneration, nor other derisory terms and conditions, have been been reported to the New Ministry for Cultural Appreciation, Payments and Respect.


© Nathan Ariss

Yes, that is about as realistic as Zuckerberg deciding to give us all a wad of his money, or any of the UK’s majority of non-producing ‘middle-men’ donating their entire bonuses to humanitarian causes.

Support Artists’ Rights. 90% of them/ all of us, it is estimated, struggle to survive, beneath the minimum wage. And they can’t all find those humble, alternative jobs – you know, the ones that aren’t there – and neither do they wish to burden the system in idle non-productivity.

The Arts are a choice and its own reward, but the deal with the audience is you put a coin in the box to watch the monkey dance. Free downloads and soaking it all up for nothing is as profoundly impoverishing as planting the worst seeds from your yield for next year’s crop.

So, feel free to share. Without payment. Or perhaps entertain us with that great story of how you closed that deal, made money off someone else’s work, or contributed to the increasing neglect and poverty of intellect and opportunity this country seems determined to produce and market as the world’s best.

This article was originally published on Nathan Ariss’ Facebook site.

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Hastings: The Film

November 13, 2016 in General


Meanwhile back in Hastings, here’s a lovely little video from Robert Rousso.

Robert casts his acutely observant Gallic eye over proceedings; showing, amongst other things, how popular cartooning and caricaturing are with the British public.

In contrast, with a few notably successful exceptions, UK publishers (or their accountants) appear to be at odds with their ever dwindling readership, dropping cartoons from their newspapers and magazines at a time when laughter would be a welcome antidote to much that is happening in the world.


Robert Rousso, award winning French cartoonist

This video, with its gentle humour, shows how our friends across la Manche view our nation (affectionately) and our cartoonists (respectfully).

Here’s hoping that UK publishers see the light and follow suit…

You can view Robert’s video here.


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A view from across the Channel…

November 9, 2016 in General


© Robert Rousso

Our esteemed chair, Bill Stott, has just received this comment on the US presidential election result from our French friend and comrade in pens, Robert Rousso. There was an accompanying note:

“Yankees overstep you! All the best mon cher Bill!”

‘Nuff said…

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‘The Illustrators 2016’ Exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery

November 5, 2016 in General


Jonathan Cusick

The British Art of Illustration 1900 – 2016

The largest and most popular annual event worldwide for cartoon and illustration collectors, ‘The Illustrators 2016′ exhibition opens later this month at Chris Beetles Gallery. While focussing this year on the twentieth century, this extravaganza presents over 500 original works for sale by over 60 artists from across three centuries, with prices ranging from £300 to £75,000.




Edmund Joseph Sullivan


Mike Williams


Al Hirschfeld

The exhibition celebrates the wealth of talent among illustrators of the twentieth century, from the influential Edwardian black-and-white draughtsman, E J Sullivan, to the unique contemporary talent that is Sara Midda. British artists are shown within the context of the European and American traditions of cartooning and illustrating, as exemplified by such exceptional talents as André François and Al Hirschfeld.

The PCO is pleased to highlight the inclusion of our own Jonathan Cusick and Mike Williams to this glittering roll call.


Aubrey Beardsley


Donald McGill

‘The Illustrators 2016’ runs from 19th November 2016 through to 7th January 2017

Chris Beetles Gallery

8 & 10 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6QB

Telephone 020 7839 7551

To see more of the artists and their work or to buy the exhibition catalogue visit the website here.


Sara Midda

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The worldwide oppression of cartoonists continues…

November 2, 2016 in General


Cartoonist Musa Kart is interviewed by media prior to police questioning

Cartoonist’s arrest marks new chapter in ongoing oppression by Turkish state

Reports from Turkey dated 31st October 2016 indicate that several members of staff from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet have been detained by police following raids on their homes. These include cartoonist Musa Kart, the recipient of CRNI’s Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award in 2005 and no stranger to harassment from the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Read more on the CRNI website

Zunar grounded by Malaysian Police Chief


Zunar Tweets as he is detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

As widely reported following an update on his Twitter feed, CRNI’s 2011 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award winner Zulkiflee Anwar Haque – Zunar – was prevented from leaving Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday October 17th. He had intended to travel to Singapore to attend a forum.

Zunar went on to state that an immigration officer informed him of a travel ban, apparently in place since the 24th of June and instructed by the Royal Malaysian Police’s Inspector-General, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Find out more on the CRNI website

Help free cartoonist Eaten Fish to receive the medical treatment he urgently needs


© Rod Emmerson

Eaten Fish is a cartoonist and a refugee from Iran who sought refuge in Australia.  This landed him in one of Australia’s notorious detention centres.  He has languished there for more than three years during which he’s suffered all manner of abuse.  He’s in bad shape and needs medical attention.

Help CRNI ratchet up the pressure on the Australian Government to immediately remove Eaten Fish from the Manus Island detention centre and bring him to Australia for the specialized treatment he requires by visiting the CRNI website here.

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Satire on the Front Line

October 31, 2016 in General


Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and PCO member Martin Rowson are holding an illustrated talk on human rights and political cartooning at The Free Word Centre, London, on Friday 18th November.

Indian human rights defender Aseem Trivedi has been arrested, imprisoned and shut out of mainstream Indian media for his powerful ‘Cartoons Against Corruption’ series. When Aseem was imprisoned in 2012, the Guardian’s celebrated political cartoonist Martin Rowson drew a cartoon condemning his arrest. Today, Aseem is a renowned advocate for detained human rights defenders around the world. He has drawn cartoons in solidarity with activists including imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain and detained blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia. Aseem will join Martin in London to discuss, draw and debate freedom of expression and solidarity across borders.

The event is hosted by Front Line Defenders, English PEN, PEN International and Index on Censorship.

Main Image © Martin Rowson

To find out more and / or book tickets, check out this article on the English Pen website.

Friday 18 November, 6:30 pm7:45 pm  Tickets £5

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

Phone: 020 7324 2570

Organizer Hannah Trevarthen

Phone: 020 73242536



Thanks to Glenn Marshall

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Phoenix Cinema/PCO Productions Proudly Present…

October 24, 2016 in General


© Glenn Marshall

The Phoenix Cinema Exhibition space is proud to present it’s November show “Cartoonists at the Cinema’.

Some of the country’s most prolific, well-known and finest cartoonists and humorous illustrators pay a visit to the flicks! Jumping off the pages of printed media and onto the walls of the Phoenix Cinema, they are taking some time away from their topical satire day jobs and enjoying a much deserved change of scenery.

Those involved include Banx, Kipper Williams, The Surreal McCoy, Royston, Lucy Maddison, Miles Cole, Noel Ford, Birch, Goddard, Stott, Jonesy, Besley, Murray, Ellinas, Brighty and various other surnames.

Their work regularly appears in Private Eye, The Spectator, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Economist, Prospect, The Oldie, Time Out and other esteemed publications. Several have also featured on Kermode & Mayo’s Cartoonists’ Corner. (Cartoons on the radio – what’s that all about?)

The exhibition is collated by cartoonist and Phoenix regular Glenn Marshall, aided by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation and runs from Thursday 3rd November 2016.


Phoenix Cinema is one of London’s last few truly independent cinemas, first opened in 1912 and continuously running ever since. Showing independent films and alternative content it is located 2 minutes walk from East Finchley underground station and is distinctive on East Finchley’s High Road by its large neon sign.

Visit the Phoenix Cinema website here.


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Cartoonists conquer new festival

October 20, 2016 in Events, General, News

The festival was officially opened at the Martin Honeysett exhibition and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

The Hasting & 1066 Country Cartoon Festival was officially opened at the  Honeysett exhibition held at the Museum and Art Gallery

The first Hastings & 1066 Country Cartoon Festival took place on the weekend of October 15 and 16, to coincide with the 950th anniversary of the battle that changed the course of English history.

The cartoonists, mostly Professional Cartoonists Organisation members, expected to do battle with the elements, as it’s unusual to have an outdoor cartoon festival in October, but in fact the sun shone brightly on the Big Festival Day — 11am-5pm on the Sunday — and there was quite a buzz around the event.

Big board cartoons were drawn in a marquee on The Stade, on Hastings seafront. There were also two “community boards” for members of the public, both children and adults, to draw on, as live music and magic was performed throughout the day.

Bill Stott at work

Bill Stott, the PCO chairleg, at work on his big board

The Marquee on The Stade, where big board cartoons were drawn

The Marquee on The Stade, where big board cartoons were drawn

Opposite the marquee, in the slightly warmer Stade Hall, the main festival exhibition could be viewed and there were workshops, much drawing of caricatures and festival merchandise for sale.

Glenn Marshall attempted a recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry — but with funnnier gags — on a roll of wallpaper. But he hadn’t realised that the Tapestry is 70 metres long so he didn’t even make it to the battle. He has pledged to finish it by the 1,000th anniversary in 2066.

Passers-by and other artists helped Glenn Marshall recreate the Bayeux Tapestry (up to a point ...)

The public and other artists helped Glenn Marshall to recreate the story of the Bayeux Tapestry (up to a point …)

Workshops in The Stade Hall

Thinking and inking: workshops in The Stade Hall

The workshops for all ages were very well attended

The workshops for all ages were very well attended

It was one in the eye for Harold in this workshop

It was one in the eye for Harold in this workshop

On the Saturday there was a reception for an exhibition by the late Martin Honeysett, who lived in Hastings, at the town’s Museum and Art Gallery.

At this event, the festival was officially opened with a speech by Bill Stott, the PCO chairleg, and was followed by a cartoonists’ panel discussion and Q&A, including a slideshow of cartoons, with Royston Robertson, The Surreal McCoy, and the aforementioned Glenn Marshall.

The Surreal McCoy, centre, refused to take part in an eyebrow-raising contest with Royston, left, and Marshall

The Surreal McCoy, centre, refused to take part in an eyebrow-raising competition  with Royston Robertson, left, and Glenn Marshall

The other cartoonists taking part in the festival were Nathan Ariss, Jeremy Banx, Rupert Besley, Andrew Birch, Chris Burke, Denis Dowland, Clive Goddard and Cathy Simpson. They were joined by the French cartoonists Robert Rousso and Emmanuel Cerisier.

French cartoonist Robert Rousso, centre, in red, draws in The Stade Hall

French cartoonist Robert Rousso, centre, in red, draws in The Stade Hall

Also taking part in the event, and in workshops in the weeks leading up to the Big Festival Day, were the local artists James Brandow, Loulou Cousin, Scott Garrett, Ottilie Hainsworth, Julian Hanshaw, Jon Higham, Christopher Hoggins, Rachael House, Emily Johns, John Knowles, Robin Knowles and Andy Willard.

Many thanks must go to the organisers of the event: Penny Precious, Erica Smith and Pete Donohue. They hope to do it all again next year — and, who knows, maybe it will last until the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Visit the website:

Photos: Denis Dowland, Royston Robertson and Mika Schick.

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Saint – Just – le – Martel (take 2)

October 12, 2016 in General


Justine makes her entrance © Mika Schick

Report by Terry Anderson Photography by Mika Schick

As previously noted on the Blog, the 35th Salon International de la Caricature, du Dessin de Presse et d’Humour took place in Saint-Just-le-Martel, France from the 1st to 9th of October.

After three and a half decades the Salon can truly be considered an institution, firmly ensconced in the permanent centre for cartooning in the village of Saint-Just. Myself and other PCO members have written before about the festival’s hallmarks – a fondness for cows, the presentations of porcelain prizes, the sheer number and diversity and cartoons on display, the enthusiasm of the villagers who volunteer their services and offer hospitality to the visiting cartoonists – and all remain very much in evidence.


A word from our correspondent: Terry Anderson addresses the audience © Mika Schick

In a nation still reeling from terrorist atrocities, however, there are some new details. Portraits of the five cartoonists who perished in Paris on the 7th of January last year are now affixed to the exterior of the Éspace Loup (itself named for the cartoonist and dedicated supporter of the Salon who passed away in the last twelve months). Security was highly visible with gendarmes within and military personnel outside the venue.


A vast array of cartoons were on display © Mika Schick


© Mika Schick

The office of the late Georges Wolinski, donated by his widow, can be found perfectly preserved at the heart of the exhibition space, right down to a half-finished cartoon on the drawing board. Alongside it this year were a selection of drawings by Jean Cabut (CABU), another murder victim, behind black drapery. Nearby a big retrospective of work by Charlie Hebdo cover artist and last year’s Prix de l’Humour Vache winner, Corinne Rey (COCO) included a poignant tribute to her absent friends. Coco herself must now travel incognito, with her participation during the opening weekend of the Salon kept out of the advance publicity. A sad sign of the times.

Other collections of note in the exhibition for 2016 included: typically sharp political cartoons by French Canadian Guy Badeaux (BADO); extraordinary geometric caricatures by Gérard Gibaux (GIBO), who claimed this year’s prize for best book; and beautiful, text-free cartoons on social issues by Cuba’s Angel Boligan. Daryl Cagle, who has organised substantial showings of American cartoonists in the last several years, returned with work by members of his cartoon syndicate themed on the Statue of Liberty’s 130th anniversary. A little British corner could be found in the international section including cartoons by myself, The Surreal McCoy, Tayo Fatunla and the ever-reliable Ross Thomson. Tayo had attended the opening weekend with the rest of us forming a post-“Brexit” missionary team for the closing days of the festival.


“The Ripper of Glasgow” gets to work © Mika Schick

2016 is the tenth anniversary of Cartooning For Peace, an organisation that owes much to the Salon, so it was appropriate that two of its members were made Humour Vache laureates this year – Khalid Gueddar of Morocco and Michel Kichka of Israel. Kichka is a fluent Francophone and proceeded to give a barn-storming acceptance speech full of Nous Sommes Charlie sentiment that was received with rapture by those who had assembled to see the usual visit from Justine the cow.

At such festivals all over the world there’s greater effort than ever to make the process of cartooning more of a spectacle. This year, aside from several communal murals there was an evening of improvised comedy that took cartoons as prompts instead of audience suggestions as well as “Dessring”, a quick cartoon competition styled after a boxing match. Reports of a contestant billed as “The Ripper of Glasgow” cannot be confirmed by your correspondent.

Toward the end of the festival FECO France held their annual general meeting and it’s worth noting that their long-serving president Alain Roche (NALAIR) has handed over to Pierre Ballouhey. Congratulations to both.

Thanks as always to Salon President Gérard Vandenbroucke, to Corinne Villegier & Marie-Christine Guyot who work with cartoonists all year round as well the multitude of volunteers of every age from Saint-Just-le-Martel who make this wonderful event possible every autumn.


The Liberty Cow © Mika Schick


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Cartoonist to help boost CBS ratings

October 6, 2016 in General


Liza Donnelly

The major US TV broadcaster is adding New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly to its “CBS This Morning” crew in order to “grow its brand on social media and beyond”. The idea is to “differentiate” the show’s coverage on TV and via social media.

“It brings a visual component to stories that doesn’t exist in our space,” said the show’s executive producer Ryan Kadro. “We look at the social platforms as an extension of our brand. When we put Liza on television it’s to make people aware that we have this happening on our other platforms, to go and check out our Instagram and social feeds.”


© Liza Donnelly/CBS

Donnelly – who will continue to contribute to The New Yorker – was first introduced to the “CBS This Morning” team during the Democratic Party’s convention in Philadelphia this summer. The cartoonist, who was on assignment for The New Yorker, appeared on the show to publicise her illustrations of the convention. While in the greenroom, she made a quick sketch of guest Carole King, who would perform on the last night of the convention. Her ability to quickly depict a scene by sketching on an iPad drew the attention of the three hosts and crew.


© Liza Donnelly

A few collaborations with CBS followed, including a series of sketches of the anchors and crew at work during the Democrats’ National Convention and other behind-the-scenes moments. Her stints have proven very popular and now Donnelly’s tenure is on a more permanent basis.

So there it is. A cartoonist providing unique, intriguing and humorous content to attract people’s attention: who’d have thought it?

You can read more about this in Alexandra Steigrad’s piece on the WWD website.

Thanks to Glenn Marshall for drawing this to the Blog’s attention.