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Cartoon festival this weekend

April 24, 2014 in Events, General, News

Cartoon © Malc McGookin

© Malc McGookin

The main Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival events take place this Saturday (though there is a workshop by PCO member Wilbur Dawbarn on Friday) and include live drawing in the town square, with the Big Boards, Humurals, the Melodrawma, caricaturing and reverse caricaturing, as well as talks and workshops.

Click those links to see pictures and videos of those events from previous years at the festival, which has been running since 2004.

Cartoon © Royston Robertson

© Royston Robertson

Here is our final selection of music-themed cartoons submitted for exhibition at this year’s event. These are by the Procartoonist.org members Malc McGookinRoyston Robertson and Bill Stott.

For a virtual cartoon exhibition, click here to see all the Shrewsbury music cartoons we have posted.

We’ll be back next week with a report and photos from Shrewsbury 2014.

Cartoon © Bill Stott

© Bill Stott

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by Royston

Talking about Bateman

June 20, 2012 in Events, News

Bateman by Bateman

H.M. Bateman by H.M. Bateman

The cartoonist and Procartoonists.org member John Jensen is to host a talk on H.M Bateman at the Cartoon Museum in London next week.

The Early Bateman is held in conjuction with the museum’s exhibition The Man Who Went Mad on Paper. In the talk, on Wednesday 27 June at 6.30pm, John will explore the beauty and subtlety of the artist’s early work.

On Wednesday 11 July, Anita O’Brien, the museum curator, hosts An Unlikely Revolutionary, a talk looking at the impact Bateman had on 20th century cartoons in Britain and overseas.

The Man Who Went Mad on Paper runs until July 22 and is a must-see for anyone interested in cartooning. After that the museum hosts its summer exhibition, Animal Crackers, featuring cartoons and strips with a zoological angle. That opens on July 25. It is followed in the autumn by a show celebrating 75 years of The Dandy. We’ll have more on these exhibitions nearer the time.

For more details on exhibitions, talks and other events, visit Cartoonmuseum.org

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Cartoonists idle away the evening

March 10, 2011 in News

Jonathan PughTwo top cartoonists are to give a talk on their art at a new venue set up in London by the Idler magazine.

Jonathan Pugh, pictured, and Tony Husband will host an event called Secrets of the Master Cartoonists at The Idler Academy on March 31 at 7pm.

After many years at The Times, Pugh is now the Daily Mail’s chief cartoonist, and Tony Husband contributes to The Times, Private Eye and many magazines. At this one-off event they will take questions from the audience, as well as drawing cartoons live.

Tony, a contributor to The Idler, was asked to do a talk and demonstration by the magazine’s editor Tom Hodgkinson. Tony told the Bloghorn:

“I thought it would be good to do it with a Jonathan Pugh, a cartoonist and friend whose work I admire. I’m not sure how it will go or where it will end up but it should be fun.

“The Academy is a great idea, a place where you can go to read, learn, listen and talk, drink coffee and meet like minded folks. Perhaps a new movement may start there, who knows, its a fascinating experiment and well worth supporting.”

The Idler Academy is a bookshop, café and “centre of learning” in West London. Founded by Hodgkinson and his wife, Victoria Hull, the intention is to bring back old-school teaching subjects and styles in the relaxed manner for which the magazine is known.

Their website says: “We want to combine the atmosphere of cultivated leisure that distinguished Plato’s Academy with the lively conviviality of the 18th century coffeehouse, and add a good dose of the 1950s grammar school.”

For more information on this and other events, visit the Idler Academy website. Tickets for the cartoon talk are £18.

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How one woman was saved by cartoons

February 1, 2011 in Comment

Here’s a great video from the New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly that shows how cartoons can make serious points and provide hearty laughs at the same time.

In an illustrated lecture for Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), a non-profit organisation dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading”, which it makes available through talks posted on its website, Donnelly talks about how she found her identity as a woman using the medium of cartoons, while growing up in turbulent times.

Liza Donnelly cartoon
“I can’t decide what I’m going to be when I grow up — a good girl or a slut.”

You can read more here: Cartooning has been my saviour.

“I have lived the privileged life of an American, but nonetheless have felt great difficulty in figuring out who I am and why I am here. It may sound funny, but cartooning has been my saviour. And I believe that the art form is unique in its ability to open people’s eyes – and not just those of us who practise it.”

Donnelly certainly seems to have succeeded making people laugh as well as opening their eyes, check out the video for the response to her Sarah Palin cartoon, in particular.

Taking cartoons to the people

August 31, 2010 in News

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Cartoon Classroom, the project set up by comics artist David Lloyd, cartoon historian Paul Gravett and teacher Steve Marchant to take cartooning into schools, has seen a rise in the number of teachers and schools registering to use its services, following a letter to The Teacher magazine.

However, they are always keen to take on more educational organisations and more cartoonists who are interested in sharing their skills. You can register your interest at www.cartoonclassroom.co.uk or you can contact them directly here.

On the subject, of taking cartoons from the page directly to audiences, Bloghorn’s own Royston Robertson has written a blog report on a cartooning talk which he presented at an arts festival in Ramsgate.