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The sky is falling in

November 9, 2013 in Events, General, News

News that a satellite is descending to earth in an uncontrolled fashion reminds us that there’s nothing new under the sun – as these cartoons from Martin Minton – A cartoon novel by Ken Pyne show.

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Cartoon © Ken Pyne from Martin Minton - a cartoon novel @procartoonists.org

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Cartoon © Ken Pyne from Martin Minton - a cartoon novel @procartoonists.org

Ken told us:

Funny, I was only thinking of that book a couple of days ago in Waterstones. When it came out the publisher sent a blurb round saying it was a ‘Cartoon Novel’ and a book reviewer called me ‘pretentious’ for calling it that. How times have changed – now you can’t move around a book shop for ‘Graphic Novels’.

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Comics in running for book prize

November 21, 2012 in General, News

Ripples were sent through the world of book publishing last night when it was announced that the shortlist for the Costa Book Prize features not one, but two graphic novels.

Days of the Bagnold Summer

Days of the Bagnold Summer © Joff Winterhart

Joff Winterhart’s Days of the Bagnold Summer, above, will compete against Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies, the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize, in the novel category. Mary and Bryan Talbot are nominated in the biography category for Dotter of her Father’s Eyes.

Day’s of the Bagnold Summer (review here) is the story of a difficult mother-son relationship. Winterhart is a former runner-up in the Observer-Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize

Dotter of her Father's Eyes

Dotter of her Father's Eyes © Mary and Bryan Talbot

Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes (review), above, written by Mary M. Talbot and illustrated by her husband, the acclaimed comics artist Bryan Talbot, is part memoir of the author’s own life and part biography of James Joyce’s troubled daughter.

The Costas recognise the most enjoyable books in five categories – novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book – by writers in the UK and Ireland. An overall winner, across all categories, is also announced.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on 2 January. The overall winner will receive £30,000 and will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 29 January. See the full shortlist at the Costa Book Awards website.

Exhibition is animal magic

July 22, 2012 in Events, News

Animal crackers cartoon by Royston

Animal Crackers cartoon by Royston Robertson @ Procartoonists.org

The exhibition Animal Crackers: A Cartoon and Comic Bestiary is at the Cartoon Museum in London from this Wednesday (July 25).

It looks at how animals have inspired all kinds of cartoonists across the ages, whether they are working in comics, political cartooning, magazine gag cartoons, newspaper strips or animation.

The show promises something for everyone with more than 140 cartoons, caricatures, comics and graphic novel pages by more than 60 artists. From political images, such as the Russian bear and the City fat cat, to Wallace and Gromit and The Bunny Suicides, all anthropomorphic animal life is here.

Some cartoons suggest how much animals are just like us, such as King Louie of The Jungle Book, or Fred Basset. Others, such as Simon Tofield’s Simon’s Cat and Norman Thelwell’s lovable ponies, highlight our pets’ irritating or endearing habits.

Animal Crackers cartoon by Nick Newman

Animal Crackers cartoon by Nick Newman @Procartoonists.org

Animal Crackers includes works by major names from past and present, including Leo Baxendale, Simon Bond, Peter Brookes, Dave Brown, David Low, Mac, Matt, Chris Riddell, Ronald Searle, John Tenniel, Trog, Dudley D. Watkins and Gahan Wilson.

There’s a healthy showing of Procartoonists.org members, with Nathan Ariss, Ian Baker, Steve Bell, Andrew Birch, Andy Davey, Hunt Emerson, Jacky Fleming, Martin Honeysett, John Jensen, Nick Newman, right, Ken Pyne, Royston Robertson, above, Martin Rowson, Ralph Steadman, the Surreal McCoy, Colin Whittock, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams.

The exhibition runs until October 21. The Cartoon Museum is in Little Russell Street, near the British Museum. For further details, visit cartoonmuseum.org

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Swift satire from Rowson

March 28, 2012 in General, News

An exhibition featuring artwork from Martin Rowson’s new graphic novel version of Gulliver’s Travels opens at the Guardian News & Media building in London today.

The exhibition runs until April 12 and is open each day from 10am-6pm. Admission is free. Rowson’s modern-day take on Jonathan Swift’s tale is published by Atlantic Books.

You can hear the Procartoonists.org member talk about the book in an audio slideshow on the Guardian’s website.

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Nelson launches with artwork exhibitions

November 28, 2011 in Events, News

Nelson book coverAn exhibition featuring artwork from the new graphic novel Nelson has opened upstairs at the Cartoon Museum in London, and runs until February.

Nelson is a a collective graphic novel, a 250-page collaboration between 54 British comic creators. The work of 15 of those artists can be seen at the museum, and more is on display at Gosh Comics in Soho.

Based on an original idea by Rob Davis and co-edited by Davis and Woodrow Phoenix, Nelson is the fictional life story of Nel Baker from her birth in 1968 to the present day. Each artist took on one day from those 43 years.  The book celebrates the diversity of talent in British comics. The artists involved are from editorial and newspaper strips, humour comics and magazines, children’s books, indie and web publishing, and sci-fi and superhero comics.

Nelson artwork

All profits from the book go to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. See more at the website of the publisher Blank Slate Books.

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.

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Expert's angle on Angoulême

February 10, 2009 in News

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The journalist Paul Gravett, a leading expert on comics and graphic novels, has a report on the Angoulême International Comics Festival, which is now in its 36th year, in the Books section of The Guardian.

Angoulême, a city in the Charente region of southwest France, is synonymous with comics, says Gravett, like Glyndebourne for opera or Hay-on-Wye for books.

You need to scroll down the page to read the Guardian piece, or you can read a longer, illustrated version, at Paul Gravett’s website.

Cartoon reportage or fairy story?

November 26, 2008 in General

From France via The Independent newspaper

The same newspaper also has a comprehensive obituary on the late Les Barton

The PCO: Great British cartoon talent

Comic Illustrator residencies at the V&A

November 17, 2008 in General

Following on from our piece about the Comica convention this coming weekend, it has come to Bloghorn’s attention that the V&A is offering UK-based comic artists a programme of six-month residencies. Budding graphic novelists have until the the 4th January 2009 to apply for one of the four places, which include bursaries and studio space.

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Graphic novel serialised in The Times

June 18, 2008 in General

“Unlikely Events: The Times starts a comic strip” by Arthur Watts (click to enlarge)

This 1930s Punch cartoon will make current Times readers chuckle, as a full-colour comic strip now appears in the paper every Monday.

Excerpt from “The Trial of the Sober Dog” by Nick Abadzis

The Trial of the Sober Dog by Nick Abadzis, a serialised graphic novel, is now in its third week. It appears in the T2 section of the paper. It doesn’t appear to be on the Times website yet, but you can catch up at Nick Abadzis’s blog.

You can see more work by Arthur Watts here, though the above cartoon was found at the Comics, Cartoons, Caricature section of a fascinating online resource called The Culture Archive

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