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Cartoonists’ rights supported by worldwide organisation

February 22, 2015 in News

 

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RECENT EVENTS have underlined the precarious nature of many cartoonists’ work. Living in a world where a graphic comment on a delicate situation can result in studios being invaded by machine-gunning terrorists or public discussions being ambushed by rifle-toting madmen, cartoonists along with journalists and other public commentators find themselves in the front line of defence of freedom of speech.

While the book Draw the Line Here, conceived by English Pen (the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation’s only role in this project, albeit the key one, is to provide the cartoons), is entering the final production phase under the management of Crowdshed, another organisation with similar activities is worthy of publicty.

Cartoonists’ Rights Network International “defends the creative freedom and human rights of editorial cartoonists under threat throughout the world”.

For example:

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Nikahang “Nik” Kowsar’s story is typical of the brave editorial cartoonists CRNI fights on behalf of throughout the year. In February of 2000, he was arrested and interrogated for six days at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison in Tehran. His crime? Drawing a cartoon critical of a politically powerful imam. CRNI subsequently gave Mr. Kowsar our 2001 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning, drawing international attention to his plight.

Cartoon by Nikahang "Nik" Kowsar: Nikahang.blogspot.com

By 2003, his situation had become untenable. He was forced to flee after credible death threats, leaving behind his wife and daughter. After he was safely settled in Canada, CRNI and other human rights organizations continued to assist Mr. Kowsar during his five-year fight to bring his family to join him, which he finally won in 2008.

Since then Nik has redoubled his dedication, creatively and professionally, to the cause of freedom of expression globally, as well as in his native Iran. This fervent lifelong commitment includes serving on CRNI’s Board of Directors, where his passion has been as invaluable as his personal experience.

Cartoon by Nikahang “Nik” Kowsar: Nikahang.blogspot.com”

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The CRNI is launching an indiegogo campaign to raise $40,000 for its ongoing operations.  Click here to see the details.

Cartoon Museum to celebrate 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

February 11, 2015 in News

THE CARTOON MUSEUM is working with Brian Sibley, President of the Lewis Carroll Society and well-known author on illustration, cartoons and comics, on an exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. The exhibition will include a wide range of political, joke and strip cartoons as well as some other ways the characters have been used.

The exhibition will run from 15 July to 1 November 2015 with the hope that it might also tour elsewhere. Curator, Anita O’Brien says that they are trying to see if they could get funding to do some kind of publication as well.

Tenniel illustration of Alice in Wonderland

The Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation have been encouraged to ask their members if they have any Alice-relevant gag cartoons, illustrations or caricatures which could feature.

This will promise to be one of the most varied and gag cartoon-oriented exhibitions at the museum for some time and will be well worth a visit, not just for Lewis Carrol fans.

Cartoonists rally around for Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book

February 9, 2015 in News

Cartoonists rally around in aid of Charlie Hebdo families and Freedom of Speech

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THE PROFESSIONAL CARTOONISTS’ Organisation has been heavily-occupied with work on the  Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book in aid of the Charlie Hebdo victims and in support of freedom of speech charity English Pen.

Approached by the crowdfunding platform Crowdshed, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation are aiming to produce ’100 cartoons by 100 cartoonists’ in reaction to the terrorist murders of cartoonists and others in Paris on January 7th. Freedom of Speech charity English Pen were also approached to form a three-part partnership in order to create a historic collection of cartoons by some of the UK’s best cartoonists.

Contributions from cartooning icons such as Ralph Steadman, Steve Bell, Martin Rowson and Dave Brown are promising to make this a cartoon book to be given pride of place in any collection. it will be an assortment of political cartoons, gag cartoons and caricature illustrations and will be a very memorable, entertaining and yet poignant landmark in cartoon publishing.

The book campaign received a boost from Stephen Fry recently who kindly retweeted our appeal for more people to advance-purchase the book.

Tweet from Stephen Fry for Cartoon Book

We’re still urgently collecting funds throught the crowdfunding site Crowdshed, and YOU can be one of the first to receive the book once it’s published. Simply go HERE and choose your option!

Charlie Hebdo book on the launchpad

February 2, 2015 in General, News

Cartoons in Independent

AFTER A MULTI-media blitz involving the Independent newspaper (above), Mashable, Twitter, Facebook and a live interview on London Live’s Headline London, Draw The Line Here, the book aiming at raising funds for the families of the Charlie Hebdo killings and for freedom of speech campaigners English Pen, has now been more than 100% funded.

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Independent journalist Gillian Orr gave the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation a generous spread within a detailed article centred around an interview with their house cartoonist Dave Brown.

London Live featured several of the cartoons during a four minute spot in which presenter ClaudiaLiza Armah asked Cathy Simpson and Simon Ellinas (above in the London Live studios) a few salient questions about the project. You can view the clip HERE as well as seeing the generous amount of info and linking on the London Live website.

Crowdshed managed to get an item about Draw The Line Here put out on internet news site Mashable (see item HERE) which very swiftly achieved over 800 shares.

All of this plus some incessant tweeting and Facebook notifications undoubtedly led to the project receiving more than 100% funding.

However, in order to further drive down print costs, Crowdshed are keen to continue receive pledges. You can do so HERE. Each book costs £15.00 and for £30.00 you can have any name printed in it.

When the design has been decided, advance glimpses of the book will be posted here, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

‘Draw The Line Here’ cartoon book needs YOU!

January 24, 2015 in News

Cartoon of ink bottles by Jones for Draw The Line Here

CLICK IMAGE to go straight to the Crowdshed webpage and make your pledge NOW!

THE CROWDFUNDED cartoon book to raise money for the families of the Charlie Hebdo victims in Paris still needs your support!

Draw The Line Here is a totally unique collection of cartoons produced in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist killings by mostly British cartoonists including some of the biggest national newspaper names such as Martin Rowson and Dave Brown.

Cartoon by Dave Brown of Eiffel Tower for Draw The Line Here

The fundraising organisation Crowdshed needs £5,000 to be able to go ahead and produce what will be an extremely historically-important book join cartooning. So far we have only £1,490 and there are only 21 days of fundraising time left.

HALF THE MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PARIS VICTIMS. The rest will go to English Pen who support freedom of speech campaigns around the world.

PCO Chairman Bill Stott says: “Legitimate charitable causes clamour for our support all the time, but this one must surely rate amongst THE most acute. We can still make the deadline, but ONLY if we get a truckload more pledges. So Google Draw the Line Here and give us your dosh! Please.”

No need to Google though, simply click straight through to the Crowdshed Draw The Line Here webpage HERE and give us your pledge in a few simple clicks.

Martin Honeysett

January 21, 2015 in News

THE UK CARTOON community heard today, Wednesday 21st of January 2015, of the death of Martin Honeysett.

This is a staggering loss. To those lucky enough to have known him, Martin was a delightful, learned, funny and kind man. To all, his cartoons demonstrated not only a very keen, often weird sense of humour, but an outstanding ability to draw.

Who can forget the tremendous stuff he produced whilst working and teaching in Japan ?

For any cartoonist, just looking at a Honeysett cartoon is to learn.

Thank you Martin.

Cartoon by Martin Honeysett

Draw The Line Here cartoon book in aid of #jesuischarlie

January 15, 2015 in News

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Please click in the image above to be able to submit your fund to this very worthwhile cause

 

DRAW THE LINE Here  is a crowdfunding venture launched by English Pen and the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation with crowdfunding and promotion facilitated by Crowdshed.

English PEN is the founding centre of a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries. They campaign to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk. CrowdShed is a new UK-based crowdfunding platform and hub. They connect and support people to help bring their ideas to life and create new funding opportunities. We want to bring about the democratisation of funding by educating and empowering every person in the crowd.

In the wake of the terrible events in Paris on 7th and 8th January, English Pen decided to do something to help contribute to the funds set up by Charlie Hebdo for the families of the victims and also to gain further support for their work campaigning for freedom of speech worldwide. The most obvious thing to do was to ask some of the best cartoonists in the UK to donate cartoons about the attack on freedom of speech by terrorists and to publish them in a book.

Draw The Line Here is that book and your generosity is sought in order to make it the worthwhile success that it ought to be.

Here are just a few of the cartoons that will appear in the book.

GO TO THE DRAW THE LINE HERE WEBPAGE HERE and, on behalf of cartoonists and writers everywhere, thank you all in advance.

A visit to the #Charlie Hebdo unity rally in Trafalgar Square

January 14, 2015 in News

ON SUNDAY 11th January, three members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation attended the mass rally in sympathy with the French deaths connected to Charlie Hebdo magazine. The Surreal McCoy. Paul Baker and Simon Ellinas took on the roles of London correspondents for the day to experience a small part of the reaction to the tragic Paris event.

Nowhere near as large as the Paris Unity Rally, attended by many world leaders including our own David Cameron (but not, strangely, any prominent American delegates), the London event was quiet, contemplative and full of dignity. Many people brought placards and all were clustering around a growing pile of tributes in the form of flowers and artists’ pencils at the bottom of the steps inferno to the National Gallery.

The sides of the National Gallery were lit up with the French tricolour and the waters of the fountains changed from blue to white to red throughout.

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg was there with his wife Miriam and was interviewed by ITN at the foot of Nelson’s Column. They didn’t manage to escape without having quick caricatures thrust at them.

Police and general security presence was very unnoticeable although the suspicion is that there must have been a number of plain-clothed policemen on alert throughout.

Charlie Hebdo cartoonists at work in 2006 – video

January 11, 2015 in News

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January 10, 2015 in News

THE CARTOON MUSEUM in London has sent out notifications of its forthcoming exhibition featuring the cartoons and caricatures of high society-connected Marc Boxer. The page from their website is reproduced below. Click anywhere on the picture to go straight to the Cartoon Museum’s website

The Caricatures and Cartoons of Mark Boxer

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21 January – 22 March 2015

The cartoonist and editor Mark Boxer (1931 – 1988) was renowned for his charm, elegance and wit. A talented writer and editor he also produced clever caricatures for profiles in the New Statesman, The Observer, the London Review of Books and the Sunday Telegraph. He had long associations with The Times, The Guardian and Tatler and the circles he moved in gave him unprecedented access to many of his subjects.

The exhibition will include many examples of his caricatures of well known figures from the worlds of literature, music, politics and drama as well as TV celebrities and the Royal Family. His cartoon strips and pocket cartoons from the 1960s to the 1980s reveal his unerring eye for the telling details in his descriptions of the upper classes, the establishment and the newly fashionable of the London scene.