DRAW THE LINE HERE, the cartoon book produced by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation with English Pen and Crowdshed, was officially launched last night at an event hosted by Crowdshed in London.
The proceedings were kicked off by Crowdshed owner Henry Freeman who welcomed everyone to the event which has been the culmination of more than six months activity ever since the tragic events in Paris back in January.
Foreword writer and PCO patron, the journalist, broadcaster and novelist Libby Purves spoke to an impressively large audience in the comfortably appointed performance space above the Crowdshed offices.
Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation Chairperson Bill Stott gave an impassioned speech about the role of cartooning and satire in upholding the human right of freedom of speech.
The Independent Newspaper cartoonist Dave Brown backed this up from his own perspective as a leading daily poilitical cartoonist well-used to sticking his neck out in the interests of Satire, Truth and the Cartoonist’s Way.
English Pen organiser Robert Sharp also spoke about Draw The Line Here’s contribution to their ongoing global campaigns for freedom of speech.
There was an impressively large audience of enthusiasts, supporters and cartoonists and the event was well covered in social media.
BUY DRAW THE LINE HERE – HERE (amazon) >>> or HERE (English Pen)>>> All funds go to help the families of Charlie Hebdo victims and to English Pen’s campaigns for freedom of speech. Not only that, but it’s also a fantastic collection of cartoons given completely freely by some of the UK’s best cartoonists in response to a terrible historic event.