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Matthew Inman, the cartoonist behind popular US website The Oatmeal, wrote about a website that was stealing his images a year ago.
His blog post about FunnyJunk.com received a response and the subsequent removal of Inman’s images was welcomed, even though not all of them were taken down. Eventually, Inman decided it wasn’t worth the energy to continue to pursue the remainder and he let the matter lie.
To his surprise, this month, he was served legal papers informing him that the owner of the FunnyJunk.com site was filing a federal lawsuit against him alleging defamation and false advertising. It also asked for a payment of $20,000 as a remedial act.
To raise $20,000 in donations, to take a photo of the money, to post the photo, along with a deliberately crude cartoon of the website owner’s mom seducing a Kodiak bear, below, and finally to give half the donation to the National Wildlife Federation and the other part to the American Cancer Society.
The campaign, which he has dubbed “Bearlove Good. Cancer Bad” was set up on the fundraising website Indiegogo with a 15-day deadline to raise the money. Within the first hour it had raised the $20,000 target, and now stands (at the time of writing) at $142,753, with 14 days still to go.
Of course, websites that use cartoon artwork without consent are nothing new – Procartoonists.org member Royston Robertson recently tweeted about an article on Citizen Journalism that uses a cartoon of his stolen from the CartoonStock website. Matthew Buck had a similar experience with the Guido Fawkes political blog and the US cartoonist Mike Lynch reports this story from 2009. There are doubtless many more examples. Please tell us about them in the comments if you would like to share your experience.
Regular readers might recall our previous life as the Bloghorn, the digital relative of the old-time printed magazine Foghorn. This legendary creature is a sage about the cartoon artform that our members exhibit, so we are pleased to welcome his weekly strip to the Procartoonists.org blog.
Pete Dredge submitted this charming image to the selection committee for the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2012. Will it make the cut for the big exhibition? The only sure way to know, is to go! Read on for details.
–>Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival starts on 5th April, opening of with ‘Flights of Fancy’. The weekend for ‘Cartoonists Live’ is 19th – 22nd April and sees around 40 UK and international cartoonists descend on the medieval market town to draw giant cartoons, free caricatures and run many workshops and free cartoon advice sessions. There is also, always, a lively ‘fringe’ with many other non-performing cartoonists, friends and fans in attendance.
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Review: David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London
A vexed question of categorisation arises when it comes to the artist David Shrigley: Is he a cartoonist?
He and many art critics appear reluctant to use the term, but there’s no doubt that black and white line drawings, many of which are designed to provoke laughter, are what he is best known for.
And there are lots of them in this Hayward Gallery show, 117 new ones, apparently, and 42 larger painted ones. Let’s call them cartoons, for the sake of argument, and because one of them has got a desert island in it.
“The responses I would like are laughter, intrigued confusion and disquiet,” says Shrigley in the exhibition guide. That certainly sounds like the intent of a cartoonist and this stated aim is pretty much achieved here. Many of the cartoons elicited laughter and some were certainly disturbing.
Animation is also a key part of the show, most notably a very satisfying new piece called Headless Drummer, which speaks for itself. There are also lots of sculptures. These mostly retain the wonky Shrigley style and are like 3D cartoons. There’s a sculpture of a very large tea cup, with what appears to be real tea inside it. But the best joke is on the wall alongside it, on the label that tells you the materials used: Glazed ceramic, tea, milk, no sugar.
Shrigley relies a lot on incongruity, a technique well known to cartoonists i.e. putting together objects and concepts that don’t normally sit alongside each other. So we have a gravestone etched with a short shopping list – a brilliantly simple idea that reminds me of that other cartoonist-done-good, Banksy.
This is a very playful exhibition. At one point we are invited to crawl through a hole in the wall into the next room (though normal means are available for those who wish to retain their dignity). Contemporary art it may be, but you get the feeling that nobody is taking things too seriously.
Well worth a look then, and if you pay an extra £2 on top of your £8 admission you get to see the Jeremy Deller exhibition too, which is brilliant but doesn’t have cartoons in it.
David Shrigley: Brain Activity and Jeremy Deller: Joy in People are at the Hayward Gallery until May 13.
New in from our friends at The UK Cartoon Museum are the results of their annual cartoon awards.
- Strip Cartoon Award to Charles Peattie and Mark Warren for Celeb – a long running feature of Private Eye magazine
- Pocket Award to Neil Bennett – of The Times
- Joke Award to Neil Kerber - of The Daily Mirror’s Can’t kick, won’t Kick
- Caricature to Martin Rowson – of The Daily Mirror and The Guardian
- Political Award to Dave Brown – of The Independent
- Pont Award To Martin Honeysett – of Private Eye
- Heneage Cup Life Achievement Award to Ed McLachlan
Bloghorn offers congratulations to one and all.