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 @ procartoonists.org
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.
Publisher Jonathan Cape is celebrating five years of its Graphic Short Story Prize by releasing an e-book compilation of the winners and some of the best also-rans. Forbidden Planet has a sneak peak, and plenty of related links, here.
After the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed over the publication of a front-cover cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad, journalist and academic Victor S Navasky asks why cartoons have the ability to make people so angry. See The New York Times for his conclusions.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame has included 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast on its list of nominees for possible induction in 2012. Voting is ongoing, but the anti-Irish and anti-Catholic imagery in some of Nast’s drawings has led to a call for his exclusion.
Elsewhere in the US, The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna considers the difficulties faced by cartoonists when responding to tragic events. Read his thoughts here.
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Pulitzer-Prize winning US cartoonist Clay Bennett gave a talk this week in which he discussed the ‘best’ piece of hate mail he has ever received, and why “it’s hard to draw good cartoons where people are progressive”. Read more here.
As Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture Tintin film is released in cinemas, Scotsman.com asks how it will be received in Hergé’s Brussels.
Finally, a piece of original artwork by legendary Batman illustrator Jerry Robinson – the cover to Detective Comics #67 from 1942 – is expected to sell for over $300,000 when it comes to auction next month. Click here and get your chequebook ready.
Congratulations to Steve Bright, one of our members, who has also made the final of Cartoonist Idol at the i newspaper. Steve provides the delightful shark drawing we use in our masthead here from time-to-time. He will be competing against Ben Jennings, Mark Thatcher, John Kennedy, and Chris Shipton for a job with the paper.
There is also a new set of jokes from the pocket cartoonists we named in yesterday’s post. You can still see the cartoons online, whereas today’s batch can be seen here. The Bloghorn sends congratulations to all those featuring in the finals and encourages you to get to know the best cartoonist folios here.
Asterix artist and co-creator Albert Uderzo has decided to retire after 52 years of drawing the famous Gaul – and is handing the reins to an as-yet unknown younger artist. The BBC has more on the story here. Over at the Guardian, Samira Ahmed argues that Uderzo’s departure means Asterix should retire as well.
An interesting-sounding panel discussion has taken place at the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Taipei this week, under the title ‘Innovations in Political Cartooning’. The session touched on censorship and free speech, as well as the continuing need for cartoonists to reinvent themselves and stay current. The IPI has a detailed write-up here.
Bloghorn is pleased to report the recent Margate cartoon postcard exhibition will be back on display in the British Cartoon Archive Gallery, at the University of Kent, from 24 September. This time it will run for six weeks.
The original exhibition ran for only ten days but will get a longer run in nearby Canterbury.
Details here and you can read the original report on Bloghorn here.
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