"Casino Karl" (detail) © Chichi Parish
Following a successful run at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, an exhibition inspired by the work of poet and illustrator Edward Lear is now being shown elsewhere. Happy Birthday Edward Lear features work by 25 cartoonists and illustrators, among them the Procartoonists.org member Chichi Parish, above. It can be seen at Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors in Walthamstow Village, London, until August 26. It is then due to be shown at a gallery in Southampton during the autumn. Chichi has written about the exhibition on her blog, which is always worth a read.
The extraordinary lawsuit against the Oatmeal cartoonist Matthew Inman has been dropped. You can read a useful recap here, or see our previous posts on the subject here and here.
Two separate cartoons have become the subjects of race rows based on their depictions of Barack Obama and the footballer Mario Balotelli.
The Cartoon Museum in London will celebrate 75 years of The Dandy with a dedicated exhibition this autumn.
Finally, Forbidden Planet has details of the launch of the British Comic Awards, and the official awards site features an interesting piece about the origin of its logo design.