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December 22, 2012 in General, News

© Jamie Smart – Fumboo.org @ Procartoonists.org

They said it would be the end of the world, but they were wrong … The Dandy is still with us (albeit in digital form), as mentioned here last week. There is, however, a documentary on 75 years of the comic, Just Dandy, showing on BBC One on New Year’s Eve, featuring contributions from the likes of Frank Skinner, Brian Cox, Bill Paterson and Nick Park. The programme is only being shown in Scotland, sadly but perhaps it will turn up on the iPlayer.

Following on from last week’s series of articles in the New Statesman celebrating British comics, the Economist chips in with an article on the rise of the webcomic, whilst their editorial cartoonist Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher reflects on 35 years of drawing for the magazine.

For another perspective on the state of British comics check out Dandy contributor Jamie Smart’s blog post “I love stupid comics”.

Less happily, The Guardian reports the death of its longtime cartoonist and illustrator Peter Clarke.

 

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Powerful stuff goes on display

September 1, 2011 in Events

Has Bambi got teeth? by Peter Brookes

Artwork from the political cartoon collection of Jeffrey Archer is to go on show for the first time, at the Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Herefordshire, from Saturday (September 3).

Image of Power will feature 100 cartoons owned by the writer and former Tory MP who has been collecting cartoons for 25 years. They include this early image of Tony Blair, Has Bambi got teeth?, by Peter Brookes of The Times.

The exhibition, which spans three centuries from Gillray to Scarfe, is being curated by the art collector Chris Beetles. It features images of Churchill, Macmillan, Kennedy, Reagan, Nixon, Thatcher and more.

Lord Archer says on his website: “I continue collecting, as there are still gaps to be filled, but it’s my long-term intention to produce an illustrated book on the collection, and to leave the works to the nation. Mind you, finding a home for them may not prove easy. “

The exhibition will be opened by Lord Archer on Saturday at 3pm and runs until October 30.

Cartoons of the News of the World

July 12, 2011 in News

Rebecca Brooks cartoon by Dave Brown

Cartoon © Dave Brown of The Independent


The many strands of the the News of the World hacking scandal has meant that the story has been a gift for cartoonists from across the world’s media.

Some, such as Dave Brown of the Independent, above, concentrated on the Medusa-like qualities of Rebecca Brooks, but there were also many ruthless Ruperts and lots of rolling in the gutter. Here is the Bloghorn’s round up of the hacking humour you may have missed.

At the Guardian Steve Bell held the front page, while Martin Rowson took a metaphorical trip to Mordor. Meanwhile, Mac of the Daily Mail took a grave view of the situation.

Matt looked at the public’s moralising in the Telegraph, while Christian Adams suggested that David Cameron cannot easily wash his hands of the matter. On the website, Tobias Grubbe had plenty to say ‘pon the story.

At the Times Peter Brookes ponders on what bears do in the woods and Morten Morland looks at politicians on their high horse. (Subscription required.)

Back at the Indie, Peter Schrank depicted the leading players drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, while Tim Sanders got down and dirty. Alex Hughes at Tribune has the News of the Screwed while Andrew Birch wonders if Murdoch will make a deep cut.

There are lots of great foreign takes on the subject over at Cagle.com, including a funeral scene by Martin Sutovec of Slovakia, Dave Granlund of the US on yesterday’s fish’n'chip paper, and a reptilian Rupert by Luojie of China.

With the story set to run and run, readers can expect lots more.

Cartooning looks to the future

April 6, 2011 in Comment

Matt Bors comic strip excerpt
There’s no doubt that the news media is undergoing something of a traumatic transitional phase, as the move towards digital continues.

But the people who make the cartoons that go with the news appear to have it even worse, particularly in America. As The Economist has noted, those at the forefront of news and comment on the internet, such as The Huffington Post, and Rupert Murdoch’s new venture The Daily, do not appear to believe that cartoons are part of the package.

The magazine has spoken to the cartoonist Matt Bors – see his excerpt from a graphic travelogue covering a trip to Afghanistan, above – to discuss different ways that editorial cartoons can evolve, in an article on the future of cartooning.