A small selection of photographs from the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2013.
There will a longer post with details of the artwork made over the weekend coming soon.
Powerful people in politics with wealth and helpers mix myth and reality to help deliver a projection of their achievements to the public. Parts of the same formula also drive the work of many cartoonists.
Both sorts of visual trickery are now at work in the national catharsis following the death of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
We’ve gathered ten cartoons for you to enjoy, whatever your opinion of the politician. We are sure you will have seen more, please do add links in the comments.
There is a mixture of reactions here from fresh-off-the-drawing-board images to retrospectives from the 1980s like this one.
There are reactions from the regions …
delayed jokes …
To repeat, we are sure you will have seen more and please do add them below in the comments.
Updated: Saturday 13th April. One national newspaper commissioned a whole supplement on Mrs Thatcher and gave the commission to Posy Simmonds – read it here. You will find more about Posy if you use the search tool on the sidebar of this site.
The festival exhibition opens from Tuesday (2 April) at The Market Hall Gallery in the heart of Shrewsbury. The live weekend, as you can see above, is the weekend of 19-21 April.
Whaat? by Dave Gibbons fires first on the vexed question of the artist Roy Lichtenstein and his use, or abuse, of comic imagery for the purposes of fine art.
There’s a flight of similar pieces that coincide with the Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern in London. We particularly commend a learned piece by the comics historian Paul Gravett.
Down under, the Adelaide Advertiser cartoonist Jos Valdeman found himself ejected from the upper house of the South Australian parliament for sketching the president of the legislative council John Gazzola. It’s an interesting dogfight in the Aussie journalism wars, which are not unlike our own arguments about the media after the Leveson inquiry.
To demonstrate that ages past were no more civilised than today, whatever the state of the law, comes a retrospective exhibition of Henry Bunbury, the 18th century gentleman caricaturist. Read all about it at the East Anglian Daily Times.
Out in the digital world, Zen Pencils immortalised the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Afghan girl shot by the Taliban who has just returned to school, albeit in the English Midlands, following surgery.
Also in the modern fashion is the following speech at a TEDx event in Wyoming by Kal, of The Economist. He’s worth seeing and hearing.
Have you seen anything we should know about? Please let us know here. Thanks!
Following on from our recent post about copyright, here‘s some straightforward advice from Silvia Baumgart, Programme Manager at Own-it, about how a cartoonist (or any other kind of artist) can protect their work online and elsewhere:
Own-it provides free legal advice to help artists solve intellectual property issues. Our thanks to Silvia for allowing us to share some of her advice on the blog.
Our man Rob Murray attended a recent talk by Silvia Baumgart of Own-it, based at the University of the Arts London (UAL). Own-it advises creative practitioners and small businesses on intellectual property matters.
Over to Rob:
The session focused in particular on copyright and the increasing need for artists and illustrators to protect their work in the online era.
Listed here are ten key facts about copyright that might either be news to you, or a useful refresher.
Own-it offers free legal advice to help artists solve intellectual property issues. Visit the blog again soon for a look at some of Silvia’s recommendations for how to protect your work online and elsewhere.