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Cartoonists take the pastiche

June 19, 2014 in Events, General, News

Andrew Birch. Dumbo's adolescence

Andrew Birch. Dumbo’s adolescence

Here are some more cartoon images by Procartoonists.org members from the exhibition Pastiche, Parody and Piracy. The show, which features fine artists alongside cartoonists, is at the the Cob Gallery from tomorrow (20 June) until 5 July.

See our original blog post on this here, along with the debate about the rights and wrongs of the exhibition in the comments section.

Alexander Matthews: "It's like an illness with you, isn't it?"

Alexander Matthews: “It’s like an illness with you, isn’t it?”

The Surreal McCoy. Morebucks

The Surreal McCoy. Morebucks

Royston Robertson. Rushmore

Royston Robertson. Rushmore

Clive Goddard. McNuggets

Clive Goddard. McNuggets

Nathan Ariss. Hokusai Fukushima

Nathan Ariss. Hokusai Fukushima

Exhibition: Pastiche, Parody and Piracy

June 12, 2014 in Events, General, News

Steve Bell: "I licence the logo bearers ..."

Steve Bell: “I licence the logo bearers …”

Many PCO members feature in an exhibition that brings together cartoonists and contemporary artists called Pastiche, Parody and Piracy and opens at the Cob Gallery in north London on 20 June.

The exhibition was put together by the the curator Camilla Ellingsen Webster with artist Miriam Elia and cartoonist Jeremy Banx, with the aim of showing the importance of the “appropriation” of images made by others in art and satire.

The team say that they were inspired to “celebrate the historical creative act of pastiche, parody and piracy” after Penguin UK threatened to pulp Elia’s book We Go to the Gallery, a parody of the Ladybird series of children’s books.

Alongside Banx, the PCO members involved are: Nathan Ariss, Steve Bell, Andrew Birch, Matt Buck, Wilbur Dawbarn, Pete Dredge, Noel Ford, Steve Jones, Kathryn Lamb, Chris Madden, Glenn Marshall, Alexander Matthews, Jonathan Pugh, Ken Pyne, Royston Robertson, Martin Rowson, Cathy Simpson, Bill Stott, The Surreal McCoy and Mike Turner.

Wilbur Dawbarn plays with Dance by Matisse

Wilbur Dawbarn plays with Matisse’s Dance

As well as cartoons, this exhibition will feature projections, photographs, prints and collage that use or pastiche other works of art, characters and logos.

The use of other works – though it has long been a tool in art – can be a controversial issue, particularly as those works are often copyrighted. The exhibition has already stirred up debate within in the PCO, with some members refusing to take part.

The gallery says: “The pieces in this exhibition play with other people’s ideas and pre-existing works to showcase a selection of contemporary appropriation in art that is often mischievous, somewhat humorous, and often unsettling. It plays with what the viewer might be comfortable with and questions ideas of authorship and originality.”

The title for this exhibition was inspired by a proposed exception for parody, satire and pastiche in a government copyright law. If it is passed, the act of subverting and appropriating elements of popular culture will be protected from large companies that often seek to silence artists through the courts.

Chris Madden takes on the House of Mouse

Chris Madden takes on the House of Mouse

“We believe this is crucial for the future of appropriative art and satire, and although the law has been delayed, we are putting on this exhibition to celebrate artists, satirists and cartoonists who are paving the way,” say the organisers.

Pastiche, Parody and Piracy: Exploring Different Approaches in Contemporary Art Appropriation is at The Cob Gallery, London NW1 from 20 June – 5 July. For more, email info@cobgallery.com or call 020-7209 9110

The Round-up

March 23, 2014 in Events, General, Links, News

Clive Goddard draws for Sport Relief at the BBC

Clive Goddard draws for Sport Relief at the BBC

Kasia Kowalska writes:

Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard played his part in the most successful Sport Relief to date when he showed his support for BBC Radio 2 host Jo Whiley during her 26-hour treadmill challenge. He posted more pictures here.

More PCO members are out and about: Ahead of a talk at Hornchurch Library next week, Adrian Teal spoke to a local paper about his book The Gin Lane Gazette and political satire. And next month Martin Rowson is hosting a workshop for The Laurence Sterne Trust.

In anticipation of Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK at the British Library, the artist behind Tank Girl and the band Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett, has unveiled new artwork for the exhibition poster.

Following the parody-heavy backlash after the recent post on tax cuts by Grant Shapps on Twitter, Pam Cowburn of Open Rights Group bemoans the fact that UK copyright law is no laughing matter when it comes to parody. The planned reforms appear to have been kicked into the long grass due to parliamentary delays.

Bob Mankoff has written a memoir

Bob Mankoff has written a memoir that doubles as a guide for aspiring cartoonists

The memoirs of The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, went on on sale yesterday in the US (readers in the UK will have to wait until 14 April). How About Never — Is Never Good for You? My Life In Cartoons will become a guide for aspiring cartoonists, according to Janet Maslin of The New York Times.

To coincide with the release of the book, CBS’s 60 Minutes produced a report on Mankoff and the art of choosing cartoons.

The Washington Post caused a furore by publishing a cartoon by Zunar criticising the Malaysian government’s response to the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The Malaysian editorial cartoonist was previously charged for sedition in 2010 for publishing his book of cartoons Cartoon-O-Phobia.

Not every cartoonist has an asteroid named in their honour. 4942 Munroe bears the name of xkcd creator Randall Munroe whose book What If? is due to be published later this year.

The Seattle cartoonist Tatiana Gill has created a collection of comic art to celebrate Women’s History Month. What is that? you may ask. This cartoon by Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette may help (or not!)

Finally, Procartoonists.org members never make mistakes, of course, but just in case, the BBC reports on a pen that spots errors.

Clive’s gig is a walk in the park

September 11, 2013 in Events, News

© Clive Goddard draws for Radio 2 at Hyde Park @ Procartoonists.org

© Clive Goddard draws for Radio 2 at Hyde Park @ Procartoonists.org

Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard tells us about a star-studded event

I’ve been drawing a regular cartoon for the website of Radio 2′s Alex Lester for four years now, a connection that meant I got asked along to the BBC station’s Hyde Park gig on Sunday.

The brief was to draw live caricatures of all the artists appearing – around 30 people – as well as the radio presenters who were taking part, in one large image.

As I’m not a natural “on-the-spot” caricaturist, I took the precaution of preparing roughs before the event, then inking them up on the day, but leaving out the hairstyles just in case something radical had happened to them (i.e. Jessie J).

They provided me with a space in the production area, which turned out to be a pair of teepees and far more palatial than the damp Portakabin I’d been expecting. As well as housing the console that Terry Wogan, Jo Whiley and Ken Bruce etc sat behind to do their shows, there was a comfy sofa for celeb interviews, a bar, table football, smoke machine, mirrorball – not a dump in the slightest.

Assorted famous faces drifted in and out during the day, occasionally commenting on their likenesses or perceived lack thereof.

Simon Mayo looks for a chance to say "Hello to Jason Isaacs" @ Procartoonists.org

Simon Mayo wonders if Clive Goddard's drawing features a chance to say "Hello to Jason Isaacs" @ Procartoonists.org

At some points it was all a bit overwhelming: Johnny Walker sitting on my stool so I could get his hair right; the singers Jack Johnson and Josh Groban and Radio 2′s legendary Sally Traffic stopping for a chat; and Elaine Paige saying I’d made her boss-eyed (I had).

Whispering Bob Harris turned up unexpectedly and had to be pencilled in in the corner – while the Manic Street Preachers played an acoustic set behind me. It was enough to keep me in name-dropping anecdotes for years to come.

The Ed adds: Thanks, Clive. Keep an eye out for Clive’s cartoon as it may be auctioned for this autumn’s Children in Need.

Miranda’s Comic Relief

March 11, 2013 in Events, General, News

Clive Goddard @ Procartoonists.orgProcartoonists member Clive Goddard is helping comic Miranda Hart with her Comic Relief challenges this week. He will be drawing each of her tasks in turn and we will feature some below over the course of the week.

You can of course also follow the course of events by following the #mirandasmarch hashtag.

Miranda_Hart_cartoons_at_procartoonists.org

Clive Goddard Miranda Hart cartoons at Procartoonists.org

Updated 12th March: You can see Clive’s first cartoon about Miranda and the underarm waxing here.

Updated 15th March: An exclusive! The sneak preview of Miranda’s marriage for Day Five of #mirandasmarch. Hats tipped to our best man Clive Goddard .

@Mermhart for Comic Relief © Clive Goddard @ procartoonists,org

© Clive Goddard @ procartoonists,org

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Cartoonist wins book award

November 27, 2012 in General, News

Fintan Fedora by Clive Goddard

Fintan Fedora © Clive Goddard @Procartoonists.org

We send our hearty congratulations to Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard who has won a schools book award for his children’s story Fintan Fedora, the World’s Worst Explorer.

He scooped the award for best book in the Key Stage 2 category in the Stockport Schools’ Book Award. The award, which has been running since 1995, sees pupils from around 65 schools, from nursery through to secondary, read, discuss and vote on a shortlist of books.

Fintan is an adventure story written by Clive though not, in fact, illustrated by him (the above image by Clive is from a slideshow he uses when out and about promoting the book). Clive told us:

“I’m utterly and throughly chuffed about the award, mainly because Fintan is my first attempt at fiction, and was only written in the first place due a lack of illustration work.

“The event evening was a little overwhelming. Hundreds of people, all dressed up in their posh clothes in a beautiful big theatre. Animated video nomination packages, golden envelopes, acceptance speeches and everything. Just like the Oscars but with Stockport accents, which made it even better.”

The Sun shines on cartoonists

August 8, 2012 in General, News

Tim Harries strip cartoon

© Tim Harries for The Sun @ Procartoonists.org

Tim Harries has started drawing a new strip for children in The Sun, one of many Procartoonists.org members providing cartoons for the UK’s best-selling paper. Tim told the blog:

“I got a call asking for a strip to run in a kids’ pull-out section of their TV guide during the school holidays. The deadline was tight but I had a family strip in development that I thought was suitable, they liked it and went with it, asking me to make the teenage son the main character. They came up with the title “Adam’s Adventures” – seems as good a title as any! The initial plan was to run for four weeks, but that’s been extended.”

Clive Goddard's Sunday Smile

© Clive Goddard for The Sun @ Procartoonists.org

Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard has been drawing ”Sunday Smile”, a cartoon panel with a historical theme, above, for the Sun on Sunday since it launched earlier this year, above.

Editorial cartoons in the paper are regularly provided by Steve Bright, Andy Davey and Gary Barker. Click here for an archive of their cartoons. So if you see a cartoon in The Sun, the chances are it was the Procartoonists wot done it.

The Round-up

June 23, 2012 in General, Links, News

The final instalment of Life In Hell, © Matt Groening

Life In Hell, the long-running syndicated comic strip that first made a name for Simpsons creator Matt Groening, has come to an end after 32 years and a total of 1,669 installments. Read more about the strip and Groening’s decision to call time on it here, here or here.

A little under a year after his hands were broken in an assault by members of the Assad regime, the Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is drawing again and appears in this moving video on The Guardian site.

In a piece for his New Yorker blog, cartoon editor Bob Mankoff looks at some of the seemingly innocuous cartoons published by the magazine that have nevertheless succeeded in causing offence.

The Mankoff post includes a case in which a cartoon was both attacked and defended on Facebook. Elsewhere on the social networking site, Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard has discovered that one of his cartoons has drawn thousands of ‘likes’ and dozens of comments – check out the responses (and more importantly, the cartoon) here.

 

 

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Lend a hand to stop the PLR move

May 29, 2012 in News

The Government is seeking the views of writers and illustrators over its plan to transfer the responsibility for managing the Public Lending Right scheme to another body.

PLR, the organisation that currently looks after the payments, which ensure that writers and illustrators receive remuneration for books lent in libraries, is to be abolished.

The Department for Culture is considering transferring responsibility for the payments to the British Library, Arts Council, or even itself. Many say that current body does the job perfectly well and should be allowed to continue.

Clive Goddard, cartoonist and Procartoonists.org member, who has illustrated many books, including more than 30 for Scholastic’s Horribly Famous, above, the sister series to Horrible Histories, told us: “The PLR system works brilliantly. It has a very simple-to-use online database which I can update myself.

“The whole process involves the minimum amount of fuss and is administered by one small, dedicated office with very few staff. All its recipients, I’m told, like it. Which is probably why the Government wants to change it.

“The result will undoubtedly mean more money spent on admin, redundancy, restructuring, relocation, consulting, retraining, system installation, data-transfer, management, line-management, departmental managers, management co-ordination seminars, office furniture, equipment, motivational artwork and yukka plants. And less money given to illustrators. A perfect vignette of the workings of modern Britain.”

The consultation paper is available on the Department for Culture website here. Procartonists.org says: “Give ‘em hell, Clive.”

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The cartoonist as writer

November 20, 2011 in News

Every cartoonist is also a writer — you have to be able to write the joke before you can draw it. But some take it further than creating gag cartoon captions, or dialogue for strips, and end up writing novels.

PCO cartoonist Clive Goddard is one. He has a book out for children (“It says 9-plus on the book but I’d say 8 to 12-year-olds could enjoy it,” Clive tell us) called Fintan Fedora, the World’s Worst Explorer.

Clive is well-known for illustrating books for Scholastic, such as the Dead Famous series, but this one is all about the words. Even the cover illustration is by someone else (Mark Beech).

The book is the story of 14-year-old Fintan who sets out to find the elusive chocoplum, the rarest and most delicious treat in the world. He travels to South America, little suspecting that there are kidnappers on his tail as well as an evil business mogul who also wants the chocoplum. Sounds like a set-up that only a cartoonist could create!

Fintan Fedora is available in bookshops and at Amazon