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Cartoonist Royston organises poster in a brewery . . .

June 19, 2015 in General, News

PCO MEMBER, cartoonist Royston Robertson reports on an interesting commission he undertook recently. While most cartoonists have to make do with the usual speculative submissions to the shrinking gag cartoon market or highly-specific corporate cartoons for Car Rental  companies or the European Rubber production industries, Royston found himself asked to produce something for one of his local pubs.

Cartoon for Four Candles by cartoonist Royston Robertson

Royston takes up the story: “Mike Beaumont, landlord of the Four Candles micropub in Broadstairs asked me to come up with a large cartoon poster on the brewing process, to mark the fact that the pub recently started making its own beer on the premises and is officially Britain’s smallest brewpub.

“The idea was to show the brewing process – where and when the hops and barley are added, timings, temperatures etc, in a humorous way, while including daft comments from many of the regulars. I am a regular myself, so I know you get a lot of daft comments in the Four Candles.

Cartoonist Royston Robertson with his Four Candles Cartoon Poster

“It was a really fun job to do. Once finished we had it printed on a 107cm by 193cm Foamex board and laminated, because it has been placed by the stillage, where all the casks go, so it’s sure to get splashed a lot!”

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.

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>>>


Getting a fix in Soho?

May 18, 2015 in General


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 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:

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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.


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


Profile of PCO Chairperson/ Cartoonist Bill Stott

April 27, 2015 in General

PROFESSIONAL CARTOONISTS’ Organisation Chairperson, Bill Stott had a varied start to working life. He says that he was “a lot of ‘exes’” – including using his Fine Art degree as an ex-Art Teacher and ex-Schools Inspector. Quite what he was inspecting at schools isn’t told but it undoubtedly contributed to his ever-flowing reservoir of ideas for cartoon gags.

Bill’s cartoons started appearing a wide range of publications including Punch, The Oldie, Private Eye, Automobile and Classic Car Buyer, Saga Magazine and an obvious candidate for the Have I Got News For You Magazine of the week, The Stationary Engine.

Over forty cartoon books were produced over the years and Bill is looking forward to two new ones being published after a gap of eight years. In the corporate/private sector, Bill’s cartoons are often used on humorous calendars.

A regular participant and organiser of the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival (although, unfortunately, not this year), Bill has always been a prominent fixture at the Big Boards with his unique giant water-colour style of huge cartoon.

Bill Stott at Big Board

As the Chairperson of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, Bill keeps a protective eye on the concerns and struggles of UK professional cartoonists from all walks of life and is currently steering the way through to the imminent publication of Draw The Line Here, a collection of Charlie Hebdo-inspired cartoons, in aid of their familes and for freedom of speech charity, English Pen. 


The Surprising Cartoon talents of Presidents of the United States

April 20, 2015 in General

From The Washington Post (click for full article)

Artisan Politics

By Bonnie Berkowitz and Samuel Granados

Cartoons by American Presidents

Like many people trapped in endless meetings, U.S. presidents tend to doodle. Their sketches and scribbles on documents such as memos and White House stationery have long been fodder for analysts seeking deeper meaning. But what would artists say? We asked four cartoonists to critique some presidential doodles — without knowing which POTUS was behind the pen.



PCO Cartoonist David Ziggy Greene

April 13, 2015 in General


CARTOONIST DAVID ZIGGY Greene is well-known for his Scene and Heard ‘cartoon reportage’ series (above) in Private Eye.

As much as he hates being interviewed about his work, he was willing to come forward and present this public profile piece for the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation blog. “I’m so bad about promoting myself that many close,longterm friends never know a thing about my work.”



not only does David work for Private Eye but also Time Out (above) and even, occasionally, the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo (below).

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“I’ve just taken on a regular gig for Brazil’s largest newspaper but their insistence on an interview is putting this in doubt. I’m thinking of pulling out!”

As well as his publicly published work, David draws for business magazines, usually simply drawing strips to supplied scripts.

David’s blog can be found HERE where you will see a vast array of recent and not so recent cartoons and illustrations.

A keen supporter of the concept of self-publishing and the ‘comics scene’ about which he says: “There are far too many events to sustain the ‘scene’. That’s not my opinion. The scene has started acknowledging it.” An interesting article on just this topic HERE.

PCO Cartoonist News: Rupert Besley

March 18, 2015 in General, News

Cartoonist Rupert Besley Live Cartooning

CARTOONIST AND PCO member Rupert Besley has had work widely published over a 30-year career, including in Punch and The Oldie. Many tourists will have found his cartoon cards with their distinctive pen-and-ink style with ink and watercolour washes in seaside resorts around the UK and students will have had some of their text books enlivened by his cartoon illustrations.

As the demands for cartooning have changed over the past few years, he has seen himself ‘performing’ live (above) by illustrating history talks and corporate conference discussions. Rupert’s website is HERE and his PCO portfolio is HERE.