Shrewsbury: Now we are ten

February 27, 2013 in General

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival @

This year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival is the tenth one. Appropriately, in this significant year, the theme will be “Time”.

The exhibitions start just under a month from now, on 22 March, and the main weekend of events is 19-21 April. But before it all gets going, we thought we’d mark the occasion with a brief look back at Shrewsburys past, to give you a flavour of the event.

Shrewsbury scenes

Caricaturists, live drawing, workshops and exhibitions at Shrewsbury 2012

Here is a video from the festival made by Procartoonists members in 2010 (when this site was called the Bloghorn).

So if you haven’t been to the festival before, come along and tell us what you think …

The Melodrawma at Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival

The Shrewsbury "Melodrawma" @

Springtime for cartoonists in Shrewsbury

February 25, 2013 in Events, General, News


Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival @ Procartoonists

We are very pleased to be able to list the cartoonist attendees at this year’s Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.

They are: Huw Aaron, Charlie Adlard, Dean Alston, Nathan ArissIan BakerRupert Besley, Steve Best (Bestie), Andrew Birch, John Clark (Brick), Matthew Buck (Hack), Steve Chadburn, Jonathan CusickWilbur DawbarnPete Dredge, Noel FordClive Goddard, Tim HarriesJohn Landers,  Alexander MatthewsRob Murray, Chichi Parish, Roger Penwill, Helen Pointer, John RobertsRoyston Robertson, Chris Ryder, Bill Stott,  Cathy SimpsonRich Skipworth and The Surreal McCoy. The festival patrons Libby Purves and Alex Lester will also be attending.

We will be publishing details of the itinerary over the next few weeks ahead of the festival’s first events. The main weekend for the live cartooning and other public events is 19-21 April. Get it into your diaries!

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2013: dates announced

September 3, 2012 in General, News

The tenth Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival will run during April and May next year.

The central weekend of festival cartoon activities – Cartoonists Live – will be Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April, with a full day of activity on the Sunday. This is a change to previous years where activities have finished by the early afternoon.

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival @

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival @

The festival exhibitions will be displayed at venues throughout the town during April and May and will then tour museums in the area. The theme will be Time which follows, appropriately enough, Flying, from last year.

You can look back at coverage of last year’s festival here.

Shrewsbury cartoon: On the road

July 16, 2012 in General, News


Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2013 promotion at RAF Cosford

Regular readers will know we have a longtime relationship with the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, the UK’s sole event devoted to the arts of the cartoonist, so we were pleased to see the show going on the road as a part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee.

A team of Noel Ford, Roger Penwill, Steve Bright, John Roberts and Jonathan Cusick, pictured, entertained at an event at RAF Cosford last week.

Jonathan told us:

It wouldn’t surprise me if our stall was genuinely one of the most popular in the hangar, though a drawing was certainly one of the more personal souvenirs available.  Once HM had left, the afternoon became progressively crazier. It was a busy but brilliant event.

Regrettably, no one was able to get close enough for a speedy drawing of the monarch because the queues for cartoons and caricatures were too busy. But when you’ve go pre-existing portraits like the one from Trog (Wally Fawkes), below, who is to worry?

Her Majesty by TROG - Wally Fawkes

© TROG - Wally Fawkes

And that’s time!


Picture this: the 2012 Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

April 25, 2012 in Events, News

Huw Aaron drawing

Huw Aaron works on a rather complex Big Board in the Market Square

We promised you more coverage of this year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, so here is a visual feast. This highlights many of the events held for the public, and shows that even the erratic weather could not dampen spirits.

Hunt Emerson draws a Big Board

Hunt Emerson gets colourful with his board, creating "The Miracle of Flight"

Cathy Simpson cartoon workshop

Cathy Simpson hosts a cartoon workshop for children at the Wildlife Trust

The Melodrawma

Music, performance and live drawing in the Melodrawma in the Market Square. From left to right, Bill Stott, Pete Dredge and Noel Ford

Alex Lester, Libby Purves, Gill Hudson

Radio 2's Alex Lester, the writer and broadcaster Libby Purves, and the Reader's Digest editor Gill Hudson are all Shrewsbury supporters. Also in attendance was Martin Wainwright, northern editor of The Guardian

Reader's Digest stall

Reader's Digest ran a "Beat the Cartoonist" caption competition for the second year running

Humurals exhibition

The Humurals, an instant cartoon exhibition at the Market Hall. Tim Harries thinks of something to draw; Matt Buck utilises his surroundings

Huw Aaron Big Board

A look at Huw Aaron's finished Big Board, entitled "973 well-dressed gentlemen chasing a balloon". We didn't count

Pictures by Nathan Ariss, Matt Buck, Nicolette Petersen, Rich Skipworth and Gerard Whyman.

Speed painting at Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival

April 18, 2012 in Events, General

The 2012 edition of the festival starts this weekend – 20-22nd April 2012

Switch over to Shrewsbury cartoon festival 2012

April 17, 2012 in Events, News - Shrewsbury_flights of_fancy_cartoon © Royston Robertson

© Royston Robertson at

The annual festival weekend is, er, this weekend – 19th-22nd April


Shrewsbury cartoon festival 2012

April 3, 2012 in Events, General

Not long to wait

Submission to festival exhibition Flights of Fancy © The Surreal McCoy

Magic! Shrewsbury 2012 Cartoon Festival

March 31, 2012 in Comment, General

The ‘Flights of Fancy’ exhibition for Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2012 opens to the public in the town next week. Enjoy a sneak preview of a few more submissions to the show from our members.

Submission from Noel Ford to the festival exhibition for Shrewsbury Cartoon 2012.

The main festival weekend is 19-22nd April. You can see which cartoonists are confirmed attendees here and there will be a lively fringe of other artists there too.

Procartoonists Cathy Simpson Shrewsbury 2012

Exhibition submission from Cathy Simpson.

You can find your options for transport and accomodation in Shrewsbury here and here. + Guy Venables Shrewsbury 2012

Submission to exhibition by Guy Venables

Er, probably see you there!

Taking aim for Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2012

March 14, 2012 in Comment, General

You won’t want to miss the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2012 either. There is just one month to go.

Bloghorn_Shrewsbury_2012_Cartoon © Andy Davey at

Cartoon submitted for festival exhibition on the theme of Flying © Andy Davey

Cartoonists invited for the show weekend, April 19-22, are:

Angela Martin, Steve Way, Paul Hardman, Tim Harries, Cathy Simpson, Alex Hughes, Chris Ryder, John Roberts, Jonathan Cusick, Steve Bright, Tim Leatherbarrow, Bill Stott, Pete Dredge, The Surreal McCoy, Rupert Besley, Andy Davey, Steve Best, Denis Dowland, Ian Baker, Rob Murray, Rich Skipworth, Robert Duncan, Huw Aaron, Hunt Emerson, Wilbur Dawbarn, Noel Ford, Steve Bell and Roger Penwill.

You will find many of their portfolios here.

Our neighbours just over the Channel are also sending a company of cartoonists and we will be featuring them on Bloghorn soon. And there is always a lively fringe of not-on-the-list-this-time-artists so there’s always a great atmosphere to enjoy between events.

Alex Lester, one of the patrons of the festival will also be there and Bloghorn will be trying to keep on top of the news from the show weekend.

If you are planning to attend Shrewsbury this year please tell us in the comments or by using an @ message on twitter.