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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


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.

‘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.

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.


The Round Up

January 28, 2014 in Events, General, Links, News

Kasia Kowalska writes:

Fancy a spot of 18th century roistering? The caricaturist Adrian Teal can invite you to club nights with a difference with his Historic Punch.

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He has also revealed the story behind the Georgian John Bull, in History Today. John Bull was actually invented by a Scot but he proved a much loved subject of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson, whose exhibition High Spirits you can still see at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh.

Other cartoon masters have been listed by Richard Grigoris. At number 12 is Herbert Lawrence Block, better known as Herblock, whose US career spanned more than 70 years. A new documentary celebrating his career has just been broadcast on HBO. We expect it will turn up on the internet soon too.

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As we noted yesterday, the Jesus and Mo cartoon continues to cause uproar. The Hampstead and Kilburn Lib Dem candidate Maajid Nawaz has received death threats and calls for deselection after publishing the cartoon on Twitter. The cartoonists were quick to respond.

© Hero-Glyphics by Josh Low @

Hero-Glyphics © Josh Low @

Cartoonists are regularly attacked in the UK and across the globe and here are a few recent examples. Peter Schrank had his cartoon removed from the Economist website following complaints by the Anti-Defamation League. The Ecuadorian cartoonist Bonil, received a court summons after publication of a cartoon criticising the country’s president. And, the Palestinian cartoonist Majedah Shaheen apologised on Twitter having somehow upset Hamas.

More happily, there are still plenty of places where cartoonists are welcome: the 16th PortoCartoon World Festival in Portugal, the 46th Umoristi A Marostica in Italy, the 31st Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition in Turkey and the very 1st Cairo International Cartoon Exhibition in Egypt.

And finally, Egypt was also on Josh Lane’s mind, when he recreated modern heroes in his Hero-Glyphics, above.

How ya doin’?

January 25, 2014 in Comment, General, News

Jesus and Mo - How ya doin'?


Hey. How ya doin’? can be offensive. Find out how and why might this might be so.

Readers will be unsurprised that we have been around such subjects before and won’t be surprised that the matter is also conflated with the local politics of the UK.

If you wish to offer a view please do, in the comments below.

Updated 29th Jan 2014: An interview on the issue conducted by Channel 4 News.

The Round-up

January 13, 2014 in General, Links, News

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Kasia Kowalska writes:

It’s clearly not an impossible task to pick your all-time favourite cartoons but Bob Mankoff of The New Yorker has had a go at the advanced level of difficulty.

You can see some of our members tried it once too with Ten Great Cartoonists.

Elsewhere, the admirable Joe Gordon takes on the might of the BBC to get to the bottom of why Leo Baxendale’s name was omitted from a news piece about his famous creation Minnie the Minx.

The January sales are well under way and the Chris Beetles Gallery 2014 sale is now on. Artwork up for grabs includes cartoons by several members, including Noel Ford, John Jensen, Nick Newman, Royston Robertson, Ralph Steadman. Bill Stott, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams.

Not be outshone by the boys is Kathryn Lamb, another member currently exhibiting original cartoons, who returns to her Alma Mater with the Lamb’s Tales show, opening on 18 January.

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‘Excuse me, Gentlemen – how would you rate your merriment levels’? © KJ Lamb@

A batch of Carl Giles artwork and memorabilia is expected for sale in February and will include contributions from family and friends of the Ipswich cartoonist. This follows the October auction of last year.

Hollywood enfant terrible Shia LaBeouf just cannot stop getting into trouble over allegations of plagiarism, only this time by using other people’s words to justify it. Meanwhile, the cartoonist Jamie Smart used Twitter to poke fun at LaBeouf.

And if protecting your reputation and authorship is important to you, make a note of this date in your diary: 5 February. This is the deadline for the public consultation on EU copyright legislation reforms, which aim to address the impact of digital media on users and authors.


Everyone’s a cartoonist nowadays

January 6, 2014 in Comment, General, News


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Regular readers of this blog will be unsurprised to learn that automation has struck once more with Google receiving a patent for the ‘‘self-creation of comic strips in social networks and other communications’’.

The advertising giant is following in the footsteps of other digital toolmakers such as Bitstrips.

Digital automation of cartoon formats for display is inevitable in a time of growing digital processing power, and it means that now everyone can be a cartoonist. believes that quality will out, however.

Booting up a PC © Colin Thompson @

Booting up a PC © Colin Thompson @

Happy Christmas Eve from

December 24, 2013 in Events, General

© Stik (Bill Greenhead) at

© Stik (Bill Greenhead) at

With the UK labouring under a series of storms or Atlantic depressions, it’s nice to imagine our Australian friends traditional summer celebration.

howsmydingdonging © KJ Lamb @

© KJ Lamb @

Maybe we can get some traditional cheer in other fashions later on.


Mistletoe_app_© Ian baker @

© Ian Baker @


The Round up

December 22, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

Kasia Kowalska writes:

The Winter Solstice is behind us and the traditional festive fun is in full swing.

Christmas season is upon us © Martin Honeysett @

© Martin Honeysett @

Also high on the agenda is freedom of speech after the London School of Economics apologised to two students who had been banned from wearing T-shirts featuring cartoons of the prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ.

Twitter was also accused of losing its sense of humour. The microblogging site ran into trouble when it removed tweeted cartoons by the Indian political cartoonist Manjul.

The truth Hits Everybody art by Daniel Clowes :: scanned from 20th Century Eightball :: Fantagraphics Books :: 2002 ©

The truth hits everybody. Art by Daniel Clowes from 20th Century Eightball by Fantagraphics Books 2002 @

The Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf is likely to be crossed off Daniel Clowes’ Christmas card list following accusations that he plagiarised the Ghost World creator’s 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano in his short film Removal of accreditation for cartoonists in this age of digital ubiquity is a not an uncommon experience as a similar story from Rachel Duke illustrates.

Moving from theft to sharing, the CEO of Bitstrips has rebuffed claims that the social-media platform is a flash in the pan. The self-generated storytelling programme was the second most downloaded app in the world during November. Stuart Dredge found out why.

Movie interactives mashups from the Guardian ©

Matt Blease drawing for the Movie Mashups interactive app at The Guardian website @

We note, see above, that other sites are also following this new fad. (Yes, we are looking at you The Guardian).

Seventeen years ago this month one of the founders of Private Eye, Willie Rushton, died. Adam Sonin remembers him as “the greatest satirist of them all” and explains the origins of the eccentric radio game Mornington Crescent.

For all the culture vultures out there, desperate to avoid last-minute Christmas shopping, there is still a chance to see The Age of Glamour at the Cartoon Museum which ends on Christmas Eve. Also, Cartoons and Caricatures at the Bank of England finishes on 31 December and The National Theatre’s Lampoon exhibition will end on 5 January.

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Trippin’ through the rain from Toddles’s Comic Almanac 1862 @

If you would rather stay inside than brave the current weather, you can always entertain yourself by trying out different cartoon styles. Which is exactly what Mike Holmes did when he created 100 cartoons of himself and his cat.

A Merry Christmas to us all.

Updated: 24th December with the sad news that political image maker Leon Kuhn has died.

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© Leon Kuhn @