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Giles and the snow cartoon

January 22, 2013 in Comment, News

Carl Giles Winter of Discontent cartoon

"I've told the hospital we've got an ambulance driver fallen head over tip – want to hear what they said?" © Carl Giles

Snow has fallen across the UK over recent days and, as usual, we all act as though this has never happened before. Here’s proof that is has: a cartoon by Carl Giles, the acknowledged master of the snow cartoon, from 1979.

This is about the public sector strikes in the January of that year, popularly known as the Winter of Discontent. It’s a great example of Giles’ “less is more” approach to drawing snow. See more Giles cartoons at the British Cartoon Archive.

Spotted any other good snow cartoons? Let us know in the comments below.

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2011

April 7, 2011 in Events, News

Cartoon previews from the Personal Bests exhibition, one of the headline events at this year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival which opens next week.

Bloghorn_Shrewsbury_Olympics_Cartoon © Nathan Ariss Cartoon

Personal Bests Exhibition at Bloghorn © Nathan Ariss Cartoon


Bloghorn_Shrewsbury_Olympics_Cartoon 2011 © Bill Stott Cartoon

Personal Bests Exhibition at Bloghorn © Bill Stott Cartoon

Personal Bests Exhibition at Bloghorn © The Surreal McCoy

An exhibition of Carl Giles cartoons has also opened at the town museum.

Carl Giles cartoon exhibition at Shrewsbury 2011

Carl Giles cartoon exhibition at Shrewsbury 2011 © Estate of Carl Giles

Grandma returns and Oor Wullie goes

October 13, 2010 in News

Grandma has returned to Ipswich. The statue of the legendary Giles character was removed earlier this year to make way for a redevelopment of the area, but is now positioned looking up at the window where cartoonist Carl Giles worked as the centrepiece of the newly renamed Giles Circus (as previously reported in Bloghorn).

Meanwhile, north of the border a sketchbook belonging to Dudley D Watkins went under the hammer in Dundee last week. The sketchbook, which featured three sketches by Watkins of his comic characters Oor Wullie and The Broons went for £1600, easily beating the expected price of £1000. Also sold was a plaster cast of Oor Wullie sitting on an upturned bucket, which sold for £240.