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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.

 

#CharlieHebdo #jesuischarlie #cartoons by PCO #cartoonists

January 9, 2015 in News

ON YET ANOTHER day of unfolding horror in Paris (hostages taken in kosher supermarket in Vincennes, two people dead; gunmen with hostage surrounded in countryside North East of Paris) in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the PCO blog in-tray has gradually filled with cartoon reactions from its members.

Most seem to agree that it has been very difficult to draw anything. The feeling of shock, numbness and sorrow has made some, at least, feel that they needed time in order to make an appropriate cartoon comment.

Arranged in no particular order, these cartoons reflect a mood of incredulity and fear with yet a resurgent desire to get back out there and do what we do best.

The world’s cartoonists are being tweeted and retweeted with the hashtag #jesuischarlie as a global gesture of solidarity. Readers are invited to do the same with this post.

Cartoonists’ reactions to Charlie Hebdo massacre

January 8, 2015 in General, News

During a day when yet another couple of gunmen shoot two more people in Paris, killing one, a policewoman, it is compelling to view the reactions of cartoonists from around the world to yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo tragedy.

In the gallery above you will see emotional commentary from France, the UK and the US as well as Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Chile, Netherlands and India.

The reactions of closer-to-home PCO members will appear in this blog over the next few days.

 

Attack on French satirical newspaper – ‘number of people’ dead

January 7, 2015 in News

THIS IS TRAGIC breaking news. Undoubtedly more will be revealed over the next day or so.

Suffice to say, the satirical newspaper in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, has sustained a number of fatalities after an armed gunman attacked them in their office.

BBC News report HERE.

The Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation of the UK offers its deepest sympathy to the victims of the attack on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, and to the friends and relatives of those who died.

 

My year on the campaign trail

December 22, 2014 in Comment, General, News

Procartoonists.org member Chris Cairns features in a video looking back at this year’s independence referendum in Scotland. He takes us through some of his political cartoons as well as the process behind creating them and reflects on the referendum result and the future of the campaign.

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Cartoonist in gutsy new series

December 5, 2014 in General, Links, News

Adrian Teal Under the Knife
Procartoonists member Adrian Teal has started contributing cartoons and character design to a gruesome new medical history series on YouTube called Under The Knife.

Written and presented by Dr Lindsey Fitzharris and directed by Alex Anstey, the series is dedicated to the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery and early medicine. It combines traditional story-telling techniques with computer animation based on Teal artwork.

Adrian tells us: “The first video has had nearly 9,000 hits. Also, we’re raising funds to cover production costs via the crowdfunding site Patreon.”

Adrian Teal Under the Knife

You can support the series via Patreon here. And you can watch the videos on YouTube here. But be warned: with titles such as The Clockwork Saw, The Plague Doctor, above, and, er, Victorian Anti-Masturbation Devices, it is not for the faint of heart!

Battle fought, then sandwiches

November 24, 2014 in Events, General, News

Andy Davey works on the Procartoonists team banner

Andy Davey works on the Procartoonists team banner

Andy Davey gives his post-match analysis, as Procartoonists team captain, on the Battle of the Cartoonists 2014 Photos by Kasia Kowalska

It was great to take part in the Battle of the Cartoonists at Trinity Buoy Wharf in one of the less glamorous quarters of London’s fashionable Docklands. We cartoonists are not used to glamour, so it was perhaps fitting that a bunch of grubby satirists should be let loose in an old oil and hemp store on a wharf overlooking the Dome.

We, the PCO team, had done some vague pre-planning but left enough room for the spontaneity and creativity of the el Galacticos in our team – Jeremy Banx, Guy Venables and ex-Punch and Readers Digest cartoon editor Steve Way.

The Procartoonists team of Andy Davey, Jeremy Banx, Steve Way and Guy Venables

The Procartoonists team of Andy Davey, Jeremy Banx, Steve Way and Guy Venables at work. Note PCO banner from the 2008 St Pancras Battle in the background.

The work was good all round this year,  the quality of banner artwork was excellent and all kept on-theme (Recording Britain Now). The Independent deservedly won with a cohesively themed banner showing the map of the UK boasting “Here Be Monsters”. The draughtsmanship was superb, led by the inestimable pen of Dave Brown, with Peter Schrank, Dave Simonds and Matt Buck.

The Independent's winning banner

The Independent’s winning banner. Click to enlarge

Dave Brown, Matt Buck and Dave Simonds celebrate Grand Prix-style

Dave Brown, Matt Buck and Dave Simonds celebrate Grand Prix-style

Other teams present were The Guardian (Steve Bell, Ros Asquith and Kipper WIlliams) and Private Eye (Simon Pearsall, Henry Davies, Kathryn Lamb and David Ziggy Greene). The Eye, those perennial winners of the popular clap-o-meter vote, didn’t win this year but had a banner that could easily have done so – a delight of wit, simplicity and minimalism, including several excellent gags.

Detail of Henry Davies cartoons from the Private Eye banner

Detail of Henry Davies cartoons from the Private Eye banner

Kipper Williams and detail from the Guardian banner

Kipper Williams and detail from the Guardian banner. Click to enlarge

Of course, it pains me to say all this as captain of the Procartoonists.org team. I have, of course, offered, in the manner of honour down the centuries, to take the pistol and whisky option, or a more public display of seppuku with a blunt nib.

It’s quite a challenge to get the whole thing planned, drawn and coloured within the two-hour limit, so seeing the banners finished is always a treat. And it’s even more of a treat to get a free bacon sandwich and beer afterwards. Phew, largesse unknown to the likes of us scribblers.

The banners are to be sold off, apparently, so if you want a 4m x 1m work of spontaneous art to decorate your stately home, contact the Campaign For Drawing.

For sale: the finished PCO banner is held aloft

For sale: the finished PCO banner is held aloft