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Alice in Cartoon Land at Cartoon Museum

July 16, 2015 in Events, News

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ALICE IN CARTOON Land is the current exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London. 150 years after the publication of Lewis Carroll’s world famous story about the little girl’s magical adventures with a bewildering array of strange characters and weird experiences, the Cartoon Museum has put up a display organised by writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, a prominent member of the Lewis Carroll Society.

Cartoon Museum Brian Sibley

Photo by Kasia Kowalska

The exhibition features works from across the decades by cartoonists who have featured Alice themes in their cartoons. Artists represented range from Low, Vicky, Shepard and Illingworth to via Searle and ffolkes to Scarfe, Steadman and Rowson. There are Alice posters by Gilroy advertising Guinness, cartoon strips featuring Flook and Snoopy, pages from comics and graphic novels and original animation art from film and TV versions of Alice. There is also one wall of freshly-drawn cartoons by Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation members.

Cartoons by PCO

The event was very well attended, with cartooning luminaries such as Steve Bell and Dave Brown and Bryan Talbot, writer and artist of many graphic novels.

cartoonists Bell and Brown

Photo by Kasia Kowalska

 

 

 

In the view of the blog editor, this is one of the best cartoon exhibitions the Museum has put on in a long time, such is the length, breadth and variety of artworks and ephemera on show. Perhaps it just goes to show how inspiring to artists Charles Dodgson’s original masterpiece has always been. Well worth a visit and a vote of congratulations and thanks to Brian Sibley and Carton Museum curators, Anita O’Brien and Sarah Batten.

Cartoon Museum's Anita O'Brien and Sarah Batten

Photo by Kasia Kowalska

 

 

 

Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch in London

July 9, 2015 in General, News

Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book for Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists

DRAW THE LINE HERE, the cartoon book produced by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation with English Pen and Crowdshed, was officially launched last night at an event hosted by Crowdshed in London.

Crowdshed owner Henry Freeman at the Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

Photo by Mika Schick

The proceedings were kicked off by Crowdshed owner Henry Freeman who welcomed everyone to the event which has been the culmination of more than six months activity ever since the tragic events in Paris back in January.

Libby Purves speaks at Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

Photo by Mika Schick

Foreword writer and PCO patron, the journalist, broadcaster and novelist Libby Purves spoke to an impressively large audience in the comfortably appointed performance space above the Crowdshed offices.

PCO Chairman Bill Stott speaks at the Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

Photo by Mika Schick

Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation Chairperson Bill Stott gave an impassioned speech about the role of cartooning and satire in upholding the human right of freedom of speech.

Independent Cartoonist Dave Brown addresses the crowds at the Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

Photo by Mika Schick

The Independent Newspaper cartoonist Dave Brown backed this up from his own perspective as a leading daily poilitical cartoonist well-used to sticking his neck out in the interests of Satire, Truth and the Cartoonist’s Way.

Robert Sharp of English Pen at Draw The Line Here cartoon book launch

English Pen organiser Robert Sharp also spoke about Draw The Line Here’s contribution to their ongoing global campaigns for freedom of speech.

Audience at Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book Launch

Photo by Mika Schick

There was an impressively large audience of enthusiasts, supporters and cartoonists and the event was well covered in social media.

Draw The Line Here cartoon Book Launch Tweets

 

 

 

BUY DRAW THE LINE HERE –  HERE (amazon) >>> or HERE (English Pen)>>> All funds go to help the families of Charlie Hebdo victims and to English Pen’s campaigns for freedom of speech. Not only that, but it’s also a fantastic collection of cartoons given completely freely by some of the UK’s best cartoonists in response to a terrible historic event.

 

 

 

 

Draw The Line Here cartoon book in national press

July 3, 2015 in News

Cartoon book by cartoonists in Morning Star

(IMAGE cropped to remove accompanying article about Jimmy Savile play)

THE PROFESSIONAL Cartoonists’ Organisation‘s collection of cartoons inspired by the Charlie Hebdo murders has received a very positive review in the UK national newspaper The Morning Star.

“Draw The Line Here is a spontaneous response by British political cartoonists to the murderous violation of . . . freedom of satire”

With some of the book’s cartoons shown, by Bill Stott, Jonathan Pugh, Matthew Pritchett and Martin Rowson, the article goes on to say, “The phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ might well be something of a cliché but it encapsulates the belief and intentions of both the individual artists and those who made this publication possible.”

You can buy Draw The Line Here HERE>>> on the English Pen site or HERE>>> on Amazon. Proceeds go towards a fund for the families of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and towards English Pen’s global Freedom of Speech campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Cartoon News – Round Up – links

July 1, 2015 in News

 

CARTOON NEWS ROUND UP:

Women in Cartooning – a talk by Ann Telnaes at Moses Znaimer’s IdeaCity Conference in Toronto earlier this month.

Ann Telnaes

 

RONALD SEARLE – a tribute site covers lesser-known facets of his life complete with wonderful illustrations

American politician “jokes” about wanting to shoot a cartoonist…

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Astonishing case of Cartoon Plagiarism. American cartoonist Bob Englehart reveals how his flags cartoon was brazenly ripped off.

Scotland’s comic book festival is now on in Glasgow:

The internet’s most TROLLED Cartoonist

June 8, 2015 in General, News

FROM THE NIB, an unsettling report of how a cartoonist can become the target of various hate groups from behind the safety of their bedsit laptops:

The Internet’s Most Trolled Cartoonist

Ben Garrison Troll Cartoon

 

 

The trolls were taunting Ben with their twisted insistence that they had as much right to their ‘freedom of speech’ by using his work to spread messages of hate as he did with his own libertarian-principled cartoons.

Ben has drawn and written a detailed account of his traumatic experience HERE.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon book Draw The Line Here published

June 8, 2015 in News

Draw The Line Here Cartoon Book for Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists

AFTER A LONG and checkered production process, the book of cartoons for the families of those who died in the Charlie Hebdo atrocity and in support of free speech, Draw The Line Here, has finally hit the bookshelves. All the crowdfunding pledgers were posted their copies last week and the historic collection of cartoons has been available on Amazon for a few weeks already.

The idea arose when English Pen, under the project management of Robert Sharp, approached crowdfunding organisation Crowdshed to find out if it would be possible to produce a book of cartoons by professional cartoonists in direct response to the Paris atrocity which occurred in January.

Cartoons inside Draw The Line Here by professional cartoonists

 

Draw The Line Here, available to buy HERE and, on Amazon HERE is a collection of more than 100 cartoons with a foreword by Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation patron Libby Purves. Profits from the sale of tyhe book will be split between a fund for the families of the victis of the atrocity and English Pen’s Writers At Risk Programme defending freedom of expression around the world.

Containing cartoons by professional cartoonists including the very well-known Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Kevin Kallaugher, Martin Rowson and Ralph Steadman, this collection is a historic, albeit sad, essential volume for every cartoon collector.

 

Cartoonist Terry Anderson – Profile

May 17, 2015 in News

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PROFESSIONAL CARTOONISTS’ Organisation member, Terry Anderson has been a cartoonist since the age of seventeen with illustrations and strips for The Glasgow Herald.

He studied at the Joe Kubert School in New Jersey before returning to Scotland and becoming a founding member of the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio in 1999. Since then he’s served in an organisational role as well as working as a cartoonist, most recently getting the Auld Acquaintance Exhibition on the road (you can see the PCO coverage HERE. Terry has also been a past president of the Scottish Artists Union.

Visual Minute

As well as caricaturing (as well as workshops, most recently at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival) Terry does a lot of visual minutes/graphic recording; this is when  cartoonist is hired by companies to graphically illustrate the main points of a business discussion. His most recent ‘visual minutes’ gig was for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Culture; nothing on their site yet but, apparently, drawings will appear there shortly.

Caricature Commission

Illustrations for educational and promotional purposes are also part of the Terry Anderson mix.

Terry usually keeps an eye on topical affairs on his Twitter account HERE.

The Studio and SAU: http://scottishcartoons.com   http://www.sau.org.uk

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Cartoonist Terry Anderson – Profile

May 17, 2015 in General, News

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PROFESSIONAL CARTOONISTS’ Organisation member, Terry Anderson has been a cartoonist since the age of seventeen with illustrations and strips for The Glasgow Herald.

He studied at the Joe Kubert School in New Jersey before returning to Scotland and becoming a founding member of the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio in 1999. Since then he’s served in an organisational role as well as working as a cartoonist, most recently getting the Auld Acquaintance Exhibition on the road (you can see the PCO coverage HERE. Terry has also been a past president of the Scottish Artists Union.

Visual Minute

As well as caricaturing (as well as workshops, most recently at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival) Terry does a lot of visual minutes/graphic recording; this is when  cartoonist is hired by companies to graphically illustrate the main points of a business discussion. His most recent ‘visual minutes’ gig was for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Culture; nothing on their site yet but, apparently, drawings will appear there shortly.

Caricature Commission

Illustrations for educational and promotional purposes are also part of the Terry Anderson mix.

Terry usually keeps an eye on topical affairs on his Twitter account HERE.

The Studio and SAU: http://scottishcartoons.com   http://www.sau.org.uk

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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.

OF COURSE YOU CAN!!!  PCO – GO-GO-GO!!!

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

RALPH

PCO Annual Committee Meeting and Chris Beetles Gallery

May 6, 2015 in Events, News

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THE OCCASION of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation’s Annual Committee Meeting in London gave rise to the perfect excuse to take advantage of the invite to a Chris Beetles Gallery private viewing.

The Americans Are Coming is a major selling exhibition of 300 cartoons and illustrations showcasing the best of American Cartoon Art from the last 100 years. And what a show it was.

American Cartoons in Chris Beetles Gallery

 

There was a staggering number of exhibits by legends such as Al Hirschfeld, David Levine, Edward Sorel and Charles Addams just to name a few.

Cartoons by Al Hirschfeld Chris Beetles Gallery

Live, in person, were Arnold Roth, Pat Oliphant and Edward Koren, each of whom were introduced by cartoonist, filmmaker and ex-Python Terry Gilliam. Pat Oliphant was drawing a large Uncle Sam. When asked if he was enjoying working live he said: “It means I don’t have to make conversation!” A further enquiry about what he thought about the current crop of American cartoonists (with the Daryl Cagle network in mind) prompted the dry: “I try not to think about them at all!”

Cartoonist Pat Oliphant drawing

 

Terry Gilliam made the very heartfelt point about works of art, paintings, sculptures etc being given pride of place in living rooms whereas cartoon art is always traditionally reserved for toilets. A situation of perception that he wished could be changed. “Cartoon Art belongs in the living rooms” he could be paraphrased as saying.

Cartoonist and Python Terry Gilliam

As usual, the hustle and bustle of a private viewing meant that it was difficult to see everything comfortably, so this exhibition is one that definitely deserves repeated visits.

The exhibition, The Americans Are Coming, runs at The Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 – 10 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6QB, from now until Saturday May 30th.