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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival approaches

July 1, 2015 in Events, General, News

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival poster by Jeremy Banx

With the scorching hot weather we’re having, it’s a good time to think about planning a trip to the seaside. And Herne Bay in Kent is just the place to go.

The third Herne Bay Cartoon Festival begins later this month with an exhibition called Lines in the Sand opening at the Beach Creative gallery on 28 July. As you can see from the excellent poster above, by Procartoonists.org member Jeremy Banx, there will also be a live cartooning day in the Bandstand on the sea front once again, with big board cartoons, caricatures, and a few surprises. That takes place on Sunday 2 August.

This year there will also be an exhibition of cartoons from the British Cartoon Archive, on the history of cartoons and people taking offence at them, as well as a show in tribute to the late Martin Honeysett, who exhibited and appeared at the first two Herne Bay cartoon events.

This year’s event builds on the success of the first one, when it was part of a Marcel Duchamp celebration, and last year’s standalone Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside. It sponsored by the PCO and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

We’ll have more on the festival nearer the time. Meanwhile, you can seen lots more PCO coverage of the previous two events, including great videos by David Good, in the Herne Bay archive.

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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!

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

Marcel_Duchamp_Cartoonists_at_Herne_Bay_2013_@procartoonists_org

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

The Round-up

July 26, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

© Kipper Williams @Procartoonists.org

Kipper Williamspocket cartoonist for The Guardian, member of Procartoonists.org, and the man behind the excellent cartoon above – has provided the illustrations for a new book of anecdotes from record shops. Read more here.

Ian Hislop and Richard Ingrams – editors of Private Eye and The Oldie respectively – will be joined by Nick Newman, long-time contributor to both magazines, for a panel session at the Soho Literary Festival on 26 September. The Cartoon Show will feature a slideshow of some of the best gags from the last 50 years, and the trio will talk about what they look for when selecting cartoons for publication. Tickets are available here.

Burmese cartoonist Kyaw Thu Yein tells Cartoon Movement about the way he works, as well as the impact of censorship, in this interview.

As The Beano celebrates its 75th birthday this week, cartoonist Nigel Parkinson talks about the success of Dennis The Menace while drawing a new strip in this short film for The Telegraph.

London’s Southbank Centre is currently host to Beanotown, a celebration of the comic that runs until 8 September and features a range of original artwork on the walls, as well as activities for the kids. Wilbur Dawbarn, a Beano cartoonist and PCO member, produced this huge map of Beanotown, which greets visitors by the entrance:

Wilbur Dawbarn for The Beano @Procartoonists.com

And finally, a brief reminder that next Saturday (3 August) will see a plethora of UK cartooning talent descend on Herne Bay in Kent, to take part in a festival celebrating the seaside town’s connection with Marcel Duchamp. Read more here, and visit us in the coming week for a more detailed post.

Duchamp in Herne Bay

July 4, 2013 in Events, General, News

 

Duchampions_Poster_at_Herne_Bay_at_Procartoonists.org © Hunt Emerson

© Hunt Emerson @ procartoonists.org

We are pleased to be able to share more details of the Duchampions cartoon event with the help of the fantastic event poster made by Hunt Emerson.

It gives a great idea of some of the events we have highlighted that will be taking place in Herne Bay, Kent, on Saturday 3 August

Cartoonists attending or submitting artwork for the Duchamp and Modern Art “Cartoons in Pubs” are:

Andrew Birch, Andy Davey, Bill Stott, Cathy Simpson, Chris Burke, Chris Madden, Hunt Emerson, Ian Baker, Steve Jones, Martin Honeysett, Mike Turner, Noel Ford, Pete Dredge, Royston Robertson, Rupert Besley, The Surreal McCoy, Steve Bell, Tim HarriesAlex Matthews, Colin Whittock, Dave Brown, Gary Northfield, Grizelda Grizlingham, Jeremy Banks, Jonathan Cusick, Kipper Williams, Matt Buck, Matt Pritchett, Nathan Ariss, Richard “RGJ” Jolley, Rob Murray, Roger Penwill, Simon Pearsall, Steve Way, Tim Sanders, Tony Husband, and Wilbur Dawbarn.

We will be publishing further details ahead of the event.

The Round-up

June 8, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

© Bert Hackett @Procartoonists.org

Arts venue mac birmingham is planning to host an exhibition of more than 100 artworks by Bert ‘Gemini’ Hackett, long-time cartoonist for The Birmingham Post. Donations are being sought towards the running of the show, and the appeal closes on 16 June. The exhibition will run from 29 June until 1 September. More details can be found here.

The New York Times profiles Khalid Albaih, ‘a cartoonist with an attitude’ who has inspired discontented youth across the Arab world. Read the article here.

Christian Adams, the political cartoonist for The Telegraph, has posted this short video showing how he roughs out one of his cartoons.

Christopher Booker – the first editor of Private Eye – writes for The Spectator about the short but brilliant career of cartoonist Timothy Birdsall. Read Booker’s article here.

Cartoons feature in a new exhibition exploring the emerging art scene in Iraq, as the BBC reports.

Ralph Steadman has designed a poster for the upcoming Duchamp Centenary Celebration in Herne Bay, which recognises the famous Dadaist‘s connections to the Kent town. Our chairman, Nathan Ariss, comments on Steadman’s involvement with the festival in this article.

Announcing Duchampions

May 29, 2013 in Events, News

DadaDuchamp_Festival_poster_@_Procartoonists. Poster artwork © Ralph Steadman

DadaDuchamp Poster artwork © Ralph Steadman

We are pleased to announce that Procartoonists will be working at the first Duchamp in Herne Bay this summer. The event celebrates the anniversary of a famous association between Marcel Duchamp – father of the conceptual art movement – and the great British seaside at Herne Bay in Kent. It should be a giant cone plus double flake and chocolate sprinkles sort of experience.

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Marcel Duchamp's version of the Mona Lisa @ procartoonists.org

Watch the spaces at these links for the forthcoming details or read this story from the local media.

The poster artwork above was made by Ralph Steadman, Procartoonists.org member and lately a man of Kent.

What Art thou Foggy?

September 21, 2012 in Comment, General

Foghorn September 15 @procartoonists.org

© Andy Davey @procartoonists.org

Our anthropomorphic Foghorn tackles the big question…