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September 14, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Mick Stevens/The New Yorker @ Procartoonists.org

A recent New Yorker cartoon by Mick Stevens, above, led to a temporary ban on the magazine’s Facebook page this week, because it apparently broke the social network’s decency rules. Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker’s cartoon editor, looks in detail at the supposed offence on his blog.

The latest collection of Punch artwork focuses on the full-colour, and often full-page, cartoons, illustrations and caricatures that graced the magazine’s pages throughout the 20th century. The Best of Punch Cartoons in Colour also features a large number of cover illustrations and artist biographies, and includes work by FougasseE H Shepard, Trog, Quentin Blake, Norman Thelwell and Procartoonists.org member Mike Williams, among many others.  See more here.

Kevin Kallaugher, political cartoonist for The Economist under his pen name KAL, provides an interesting overview of how his depictions of US leaders have changed as they have been weathered by their time in office (for similar insights from other cartoonists, see last week’s Round-up).

And finally, Forbidden Planet responds to a BBC report about the decline in reading among children, by calling on adults to help create new comic readers.

 

 

What happened next…

September 2, 2010 in Events, News

Foghorn Bloghorn for The UK Professional Cartoonists’ OrganisationA quick follow-up of stories we’ve covered recently on Bloghorn.

Forbidden Planet to sell small press comics

July 7, 2010 in General, News

Foghorn Bloghorn for The UK Professional Cartoonists’ OrganisationUK comic retail chain Forbidden Planet has announced the start of sale for small press comics and self-published works in three stores around the country.

The first outlets, Nostalgia & Comics in Birmingham, World’s Apart in Liverpool and Forbidden Planet in Manchester, are to have special racks to house works by independent comic makers from the UK and overseas.

What’s more, they’re offering the service for free on a sale or return basis, and will take no commission. In combination with small-run and self-publishing services such as Lulu, Bloghorn thinks this represents an excellent way for independent cartoonists to get their work in front of prospective buyers without having to go through large third-party publishers and distributors.

There are more details for small press comic producers at the Forbidden Planet International blog.

A pick of Posy Simmonds

October 23, 2009 in General

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Cartoonist and social satirist Posy Simmonds will be talking about her graphic novel adaptations of classic literature in London on Saturday 24th October.

Posy will be demonstrating and discussing her work and particularly her recent book Tamara Drewe which was based on Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd. The film adaptation of Posy’s work is in production now.

You might even get a sneak preview of her next project too.

Her distinct and successful method for adaptations and adjustments would certainly make a interesting contrast with Robert Crumb‘s efforts to rewrite the book of Genesis. Perhaps one day we will get them both talking on the same stage…

Posy Simmonds is performing at Hall One of King’s Place at 4pm on Saturday as a part of The Guardian’s Hay Festival.

V&A Comic illustrator selected

February 11, 2009 in News

Karen Rubins has been selected for the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s first comic illustrator residency, as mentioned previously in Bloghorn. Karen, who draws in a manga style was also placed as a runner-up in last years Japanese Embassy’s Manga Jiman 150 Competition.

(via Forbidden Planet).

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The DFC: Now we are six (months)

November 27, 2008 in General


PCOer Royston Robertson writes:

The Forbidden Planet blog has a nice piece to mark six months of The DFC, the subscription-only kids’ comic launched earlier this year. Instead of canvassing the opinions of grown-up comic fans, they’ve interviewed a member of the target audience: Molly, nine.

This was interesting to me as my son, who is six, reads The DFC. He loves it, but of course he only knows about it because his cartoonist Dad wanted to see it. His friends are largely unaware of The DFC because it has such a low media profile. It really needs to get into the shops permanently (it’s currently on a one-week trial at Tesco).

Like Molly in the FP piece, he also goes for the funny ones rather than the more serious, adventure ones. I think I did much the same thing with comics as a child.

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The DFC

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Beano is too PC, says former editor

September 15, 2008 in General


Beano characters in action (Copyright DC Thomson)

Euan Kerr, former editor of The Beano, tells the Daily Telegraph today that he was asked to tone down many characters during his time at the head of the comic.

Political correctness, he says, is ruining the Beano and the Dandy. Amazingly, he had to stop Dennis the Menace’s attacks on Walter the Softy in the 1980s amid fears that they encouraged “gay bashing”.

You can read the Telegraph interview here.

A hat-tip for this link goes to the Forbidden Planet bog.

The PCO: British cartoon talent