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Video: Cartoonists in Herne Bay

September 23, 2014 in Events, General, News

This short video covering the exhibition and live cartooning in Herne Bay last month has been posted online by David Good Videos.

Former PCO chairman Nathan Ariss is our host, taking us through the background to the event and the live drawing that took place. Sue Austen of Beach Creative in Herne Bay and cartoonist Tim Harries talk about the workshops.

Our thanks go to David Good who also made a film on last year’s Marcel Duchamp festival in Herne Bay, which included a cartooning element.

UPDATE, 30 September: Rather than let all the footage he filmed go unseen, David Good has made another short film on the Herne Bay event. See below.

This time he talks to cartoonists Matt Buck, Royston Robertson and Steve Way.

See also:
David Good Videography
Procartoonists.org portfolios

A surreally great weekend

August 5, 2014 in Events, General, News

Happy caricature subjects, we assume, drawn by Alex Hughes. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Happy caricature subjects, we assume, drawn by Alex Hughes. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside in Herne Bay at the weekend was a scorching success. Here’s co-organiser Nathan Ariss with his post-event analysis:

I have only just recently discovered the true meaning of some of those well-worn platitudes, such as “Build it and they will come” and “We really couldn’t have done it without you” etc.

The Herne Bay cartoon festival has grown organically in fits and starts, borne late from the Duchamp Festival last August. I’ve been privileged to have midwived it into being, along with many of the town’s inspirational “can-do” types.

The Procartoonists undoubtedly owe a huge debt of gratitude to Beach Creative this year, run by Mandy Broughton and Mandy Troughton; the exceptional exhibition template provided for us by David Cross; and the organisation powerhouse and savviness of Sue Austen and Steve Coombes, who opened their home and list of contacts to greet, feed and publicise a multitude of cartoonists.

They also ensured that all the ridiculous ideas and things I threw at them to produce actually came into being. Thanks must also go to Arts Council England.

A collaborative effort. Insert "drawing a crowd" picture caption here. © Kasia Kowalska

A collaborative effort on a big board. Insert regulation “drawing a crowd” picture caption here. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

But, of course, a Bandstand full of cartoonists, ready with boards and tables, workshops and games, and paper and pens and paints and ideas, is only part of the picture. Thankfully, the informative and intelligent press and TV coverage we managed to garner ensured eager and expectant waves of audience for us to entertain and amuse.

BBC News preview of the event
ITV News report on the day

The event was a hit with the public, left, as well as cartoonists such as Cathy Simpson and The Surreal McCoy © Mika Schick

The event was a hit with the public, left, as well as cartoonists such as Cathy Simpson and The Surreal McCoy. Photos © Mika Schick

Thanks to Nathan. The big boards drawn at the event will be on display at the town’s Clocktower this summer. Here are some more photos (click any image to enlarge) then we will shut up about the festival … until next year.

An ilustrated man takes part. Photo © The Surreal McCoy

An illustrated man takes part. Photo © The Surreal McCoy

The public very very willing to chat and discuss the drawings Matt Buck talks cartoons. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The public was very keen to engage with the work and discuss the drawings. Matt Buck talks cartoons. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The comic strip workshop run by Tim Harries was packed throughout the day. There was also one on Saturday. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The comic-strip workshop run by Tim Harries was packed throughout the day.  He also hosted one on Saturday at Beach Creative. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Glenn Marshall finds a unique way to display his cartoon of Dali's iLobster. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Glenn Marshall finds a unique way to display his cartoon of Dali’s iLobster. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Finished work: Dave Brown channels seaside postcard maestro Donald McGill and Chris Burke serves up Dali with melted ice-creams. Delicious. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Finished work: Dave Brown channels seaside postcard maestro Donald McGill and Chris Burke serves up Dali with melted ice-creams. Delicious. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Many thanks to Kasia Kowalska and Mika Schick and The Surreal McCoy for the photographs.

For more photos and cartoons from the event, see the Beach Creative photo gallery, and you can see more on Twitter at the #CartoonistsLive hashtag.

Seaside cartoon event this weekend

July 31, 2014 in Events, General, News

Poster by Ian Baker

“Cartoonists Beside the SurrealSide” poster by Ian Baker

The Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside event takes place in Herne Bay, Kent, this Sunday. There will be live drawing of gags, political cartoons, caricatures and more in the Bandstand on the sea front from midday until 5pm.

Cartoonists due to take part, mostly PCO members, are: Nathan Ariss, Jeremy Banx, Andrew Birch, Dave Brown, Chris Burke, Matt Buck, Tim Harries, Alex Hughes, Martin Honeysett, Glenn Marshall, Royston Robertson, Tim Sanders, Cathy Simpson, Bill Stott, The Surreal McCoy, Steve Way and Gerard Whyman.

The exhibition is now open at the Beach Creative gallery and runs for two weeks (extended by a week). See the Beach Creative website for details.

As well as cartoons on the theme of seaside and surrealism, there are some works from the recent Pastiche, Parody and Piracy exhibition.

Tim Harries will also be hosting a free workshop on creating comic strips at Beach Creative this Saturday from 3pm-5pm.

We will report back on the seaside shenanigans. Meanwhile the event has been previewed in the local Herne Bay Gazette and Herne Bay Times.

UPDATE: The event is also in the i newspaper today.

A little on the surreal side

July 22, 2014 in Events, General, News

"Looks like that Duchamp feller is back." © Bill Stott

“I see that Duchamp bloke’s back …” © Bill Stott

Here are some cartoons submitted by Procartoonists.org members for the Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside exhibition which can be seen at Beach Creative in Herne Bay later this month.

The exhibition at the gallery in Beach Street has already been extended. It will now run from Wednesday 30 July until Tuesday 12 August. Opening hours 10am-5pm.

"I met that Luis Suarez once." © Gerard Whyman

“I met that Luis Suarez once …” © Gerard Whyman

The artists themselves will descend on Herne Bay for a day of live drawing at the Bandstand on the sea front, from midday until 5pm on Sunday 3 August.

Many were involved in the live cartooning event last year, which was part of a larger festival celebrating the centenary of Marcel Duchamp’s visit to Herne Bay. This year’s stand-alone cartooning event retains that art/surrealism link and, like last year’s, is organised by the PCO’s own Nathan Ariss along with the Beach Creative team. The event is supported by Arts Council England.

© Jeremy Banx

© Jeremy Banx

We have our fingers crossed for more excellent weather and another sunny, and very funny, day at the Surrealside …

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by Royston

Seaside calls again for cartoonists

July 10, 2014 in Events, General, News

Poster by Ian Baker

“Cartoonists Beside the SurrealSide” poster by Ian Baker


After last year’s cartooning fun in Herne Bay, Kent, we can announce that a whole bunch of cartoonists are on standby to do it all again next month.

We’ll have more on this in due course, but in the meantime put 3 August in your diaries and check out the ace poster by PCO member Ian Baker, above.

Click the image for a more detailed look.

 

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by Royston

Duchamp in Herne Bay: the Movie

June 3, 2014 in Events, General, News

The organisers of last year’s Marcel Duchamp in Herne Bay Festival, which many Procartoonists members took part in, have released a rather nice video of the event, above. It was put together by David Good.

The festival is one of the nominees in the East Kent People’s Awards. You can vote for it here.

Those with short-attention spans note: the cartooning action starts at 8mins in, but the whole thing is worth a watch — a reminder of a marvellous event as well as last year’s terrific summer!

Behind the bandstand

August 19, 2013 in Events, General, News

These seaside pictures artfully displayed behind the bandstand in Herne Bay have been saved from a municipal whitewashing.

Duchamp_in_Herne_Bay_Banx_Cartoons_panorama @ procartoonists.org

© Banx @ Procartoonists.org

The Jeremy Banx cartoons were drawn at the recent Duchamp in Herne Bay event.

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"Operated by Serco" and "Water Aid" © Banx @ Procartoonists.org

Fears that the jokes would fall victim to a “Serco-style” cleaning operation, as noted in part one of the cartoon trio, proved unfounded. Happily, this made a planned petition to the local council redundant.

Banx told us:

‘‘Let the council be warned: If they had whitewashed my triptych, I might have been forced to redo it in Whitstable, where the arty-farty Islington-on-Sea smart set appreciate a good urinal gag’’.

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"The Acme Fracking Company" © Banx @ Procartoonists.org

Now that these cartoons have been saved for the nation, we may all look forward to Jeremy and the other Procartoonists.org members adding to the gaiety of the UK again next year.

Indeed, if you run an event that would benefit from input from a selection of the country’s best cartoonists, do feel free to contact us here to discuss possibilities.

The Round-up

August 11, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

 

© Kipper Williams @Procartoonists.org

Above: with the Duchamp in Herne Bay festivities now behind us, there’s just room for this cartoon by Kipper Williams – featuring the names of participating cartoonists, many of whom are among our membership. The original is hanging in a gallery space in the Kent seaside town, as part of an exhibition of art cartoons to tie in with the celebrations.

Alexander Matthews, a cartoonist for The Beano and member of Procartoonists.org, has started a campaign to improve the quality of children’s comics by making them more reliant on great content and less on cover-mounted freebies. He is suggesting a change to the way in which free gifts are treated under VAT rules, and is seeking support for the campaign – which he believes would benefit comic fans and cash-strapped parents alike. Read more on Alex’s blog.

Another PCO member, Tony Husband, has had cartoons about his father’s dementia tweeted to millions, courtesy of Stephen Fry. See the cartoons here, here and here. Fry also wrote the introduction for I Nearly Died Laughing, a collection of Tony’s gag cartoons that was published last year.

Looking ahead to October, Sue Grayson Ford of The Campaign for Drawing writes about what to expect from this year’s Big Draw, and how to take part.

In an interview for Truthout, political cartoonist Matt Bors discusses his influences, the dangers of on-spec work, and the value of comics journalism. Read it here.

And finally, The New Yorker’s Bob Mankoff looks at what is often considered to be one of the hardest forms of cartoon to master: the captionless gag.

Cartoonists make mark on Herne Bay

August 6, 2013 in Events, General, News

Kipper Williams and Martin Honeysett @Procartoonists.org

Kipper Williams and Martin Honeysett @Procartoonists.org

They came, they drew, and they even made the odd Marcel Duchamp-style “art statement” …

Glenn Marshall @Procartoonists.org

Glenn Marshall plays the thinker @Procartoonists.org

We hope you enjoy this small selection of photos from the Live Cartoonists in the Bandstand event, which was part of the Duchamp in Herne Bay festival that kicked off at the weekend.

Nathan Ariss, chairleg of Procartoonists.org, said: “Herne Bay hasn’t seen anything like it. Just like our ‘stand-up’ relations, over 20 of the nation’s best ‘sit-down’ comedians set about wowing the expectant crowds, in an spectacular tour de force of gags, graffitti, political statement, absurdist fantasy and rampant public engagement. We really couldn’t have achieved a thing without the superb collective spirit and enthusiasm shown. Bravo!”

A nod to Banksy. Some "vandalism" by Banx @Procartoonists.org

A nod to Banksy. Some "vandalism" by Banx @Procartoonists.org

Of course, the beautiful weather was as much of a draw as the cartoons! @Procartoonists.org

Of course, the beautiful weather was as much of a draw as the cartoons! @Procartoonists.org

The heat was no reason to lower sartorial standards for the dapper Andrew Birch

The heat was no reason to lower sartorial standards for the dapper Andrew Birch @Procartoonists.org

Surrealism @Procartoonists.org

Surrealist caricatures @Procartoonists.org

Duchamp and satire by Dave Brown @Procartoonists.org

Duchamp and satire by Dave Brown @Procartoonists.org

The kids fill the big canvas @Procartoonists.org

The kids fill the big canvas @Procartoonists.org

One for the album: It's Ralph Steadman @Procartoonists.org

One for the album: It's Ralph Steadman @Procartoonists.org

Collaboration!

Collaborative cartooning @Procartoonists.org

The public are happy so it must be time for a drink ... @Procartoonists.org

The public are happy so it must be time for a drink ... @Procartoonists.org

Actually there was more than mineral water on offer as the day ended with the official opening of exhibitions of cartoons in the lavatories, Gents and Ladies, of various Shepherd Neame pubs. The openings — yes, with a ribbon, big scissors and everything — were accompanied by much refreshment until noses were red, cartoon-style.

Or was that the sunburn?

Thanks to Kasia Kowalska for taking the photos. Others courtesy of Carole Manley, Glenn Marshall, Jeremy Banx.

You can find the artists who contributed to this year’s event in our portfolios.

Event: We are not dead, we are in Herne Bay

August 2, 2013 in Events, General, News

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Marcel Duchamp artist and cartoonist @ procartoonists.org

Whether or not you believe in art or artists, the man who coined the quote is responsible for this weekend’s cartoon activities at what is sure to be a sunny Herne Bay in Kent.

Pack your fur coat and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Duchamp event programme or enjoy this homage to one of his more famous works — Fountain.

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Homage to Marcel Duchamp's Fountain @ Procartoonists.org

Cartoonists attendees, both ladies and gentlemen, the latter with zips suitably adjusted will be appearing on Saturday.

Thanks are passed to Ralph Steadman, who donated the pissoir, above, and Hunt Emerson who made the poster below.

Duchampions_Poster_at_Herne_Bay_at_Procartoonists.org © Hunt Emerson

© Hunt Emerson @ procartoonists.org

There are opportunities to purchase cartoon originals  throughout the day and to follow the pub philosophy cartoon trail through the pubs of the town courtesy of event sponsors Shepherd Neame.

And don’t forget the competition to win a Steadman print in which you can compete if you use Twitter. All you have to do is Tweet using the hashtag #DuchampHB.

Ralph Steadman competition at Duchamp Herne Bay @ procartoonists.org

Ralph Steadman competition at Duchamp Herne Bay @ procartoonists.org