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Award to Steve Way: Services to cartooning

October 22, 2013 in Events, General, News

Steve Way cartoon editor of Readers Digest @procartoonists.org

Photograph © The Surreal McCoy for @Procartoonists.org

We are delighted to announce that Steve Way, cartoon editor of Reader’s Digest, and previously of Punch, was presented with the 2013 PCO Award for Services to Cartooning in a packed Bloomsbury pub, London, last night.

A short speech extolling Mr Way’s dedication in mentoring and giving honest feedback to both upcoming and established cartoonists everywhere was made by the fictional cartoon editor, Hugh Jarse, as is traditional on these occasions.

Steve Way, in his thank-you to us all this morning, said:

“Over the moon; it’s always been a game of two halves, but at the end of the day the sun goes down, so in the end it was probably a fair result”.

Result.

Ed adds: Procartoonists.org makes this award on an infrequent basis in recognition of work undertaken by enduring and new friends of the trade in UK professional cartooning.

The Round-up

January 11, 2013 in General, Links, News

Lord Snooty by Alexander Matthews for The Beano @Procartoonists.org

Procartoonists.org member Alexander Matthews has resurrected Lord Snooty for The Beano (above), and writes about his approach to the character on his blog. Snooty has been absent from the comic for a while (and was even replaced by his grandson for a time). Alex has also recently brought his distinctive style to another classic Beano character, Baby-Face Finlayson.

In more DC Thomson news, former Dandy editor Morris Heggie will be giving a talk about the comic’s 75 years at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh on 15 January. The talk, which follows a cartoon workshop for adults held on Wednesday, complements the library’s ongoing Dandy exhibition. Read more here.

Reassuring news (at least, reasonably reassuring)  for gag cartoonists came from Reader’s Digest (UK) this week, after mass redundancies painted a bleak picture. While the company – which was bought out of administration in 2010 – is downsizing and will no longer sell retail goods, it apparently intends to continue publishing the monthly magazine as normal. Read the story here.

Axe Cop, the bizarre webcomic created by a five-year-old boy and illustrated by his cartoonist older brother, has been made into an animated TV show. Watch a clip here.

And finally, click here to be taken on a brief tour of The Certified Hunt Emerson, an iPad app featuring more than 200 pages of work by the renowned underground cartoonist (and Procartoonists.org member).

 

 

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Big drawings from The Big Draw

October 2, 2012 in General

To spare you lots of pictures of cartoonists bending over tables and displaying their bald spots – with the exception of the Big Girls Drawers team, of course! – we present a selection of details from the seven banners in the Battle of the Cartoonists in the V&A’s Raphael Room.

Procartoonists.org banner

The Procartoonists.org banner, a response to "The Sacrifice at Lystra", was created by William Rudling, Kate Scurfield, Guy Venables and Gerard Whyman

Private Eye banner

Private Eye drew "Paul Preaching at Athens". Banner by Martin Honeysett, Andrew Birch, Simon Pearsall and Henry Davies

The Private Eye team, captained by the non-playing Tony Rushton, emerged victorious once again.

Reader's Digest banner

Reader's Digest got "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes". Banner by Steve Way, Simon Meyrick-Jones, Nathan Ariss, Rob Murray and Royston Robertson

Big Girls Drawers banner

"The Healing of the Lame Man" by the Big Girls Drawers team of Chichi Parish, The Surreal McCoy, Kathryn Lamb and Rosie Brooks

Before the Battle, Rosie Brooks from the Big Girls Drawers team, who is also a member of Procartoonists.org, appeared on BBC Radio London to talk about The Big Draw and cartooning in general. You can hear it here.

Telegraph banner

The Telegraph team of Patrick Blower, Charles Peattie, Matthew Buck and John Springs took on "The Conversion of the Proconsul"

The Sun banner

"Christ's Charge to Peter" was drawn by The Sun team of Andy Davey, Clive Goddard and Tim Harries

The Sun team must be congratulated for getting by with just three cartoonists, compared to, say, the Reader’s Digest with five. The Battle of the Cartoonists is nothing if not an uneven playing field.

Guardian banner

"The Death of Ananias" was drawn by the Guardian/Observer team of Kipper Williams, Dave Simonds, Nicola Jennings and Harry Venning

Photographs by Gerard Whyman, Nikki Harries and Royston Robertson

Reader’s Digest, digested

April 26, 2011 in Events

The Readers Digest stall, manned by Cartoon Editor Steve Way, with some of the winning captions*. Photo copyright and courtesy of PCO member Ger Whyman.

A new addition to this years recent Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival was the presence of a team from the magazine Reader’s Digest. From a stall in the town’s Square, the focus of many of the festival’s activities, the Reader’s Digest team engaged members of the public to try their hand at a popular Digest competition, Beat the Cartoonist.

Thankfully, this didn’t involve any physical violence towards the assembled cartoonists, as entrants were asked to provide their own captions to a series of cartoons from the magazine. With prizes that included the signed and framed original artwork, £100, subscription to the magazine and a goody bag, this was unsurprisingly a successful event, as there were more than 1,000 entries over the course of the weekend.

Bloghorn‘s own Royston Robertson was one of the cartoonists who had a drawing used in the contest. He said: “It was great to hear that people responded to the contest in such great numbers. More proof, as if it was needed, that people love cartoons, and a great interactive element for the festival.”

The Digest also hosted a free talk and advice session at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn, titled ‘What makes a good cartoon?’ Cartoon editor Steve Way and design director Martin Colyer, along with the magazine’s editor Gill Hudson, talked a packed room through the submission process and discussed some of the factors that may influence their decision to accept or reject a particular cartoon.

The Digest team took questions from the floor and ran through some of the cartoons that have recently appeared in the magazine, after which there was an opportunity for aspiring cartoonists to show their portfolios and receive targeted advice.

*For those of you squinting to read the winning captions in the photo above, they read as follows (l-r): “Shouldn’t we be squeezing the silly banker instead of stretching him?” – Pete Yearsley; “I told you not to get this sat nav from the 99p store!” – Luke Grint, 11 yrs; “If we find the sixpence we can hire a sunshade too” – Janet Bell. The cartoons are by Simon Meyrick-Jones, Paul Wood and Royston Robertson.

Thanks to Rob Murray and Ger Whyman for help in writing this post.

Cartoon Pick of the Week

July 3, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 2nd July 2009.

One: Jonathan Pugh in The Times on teacher re-training

Two: Peattie and Taylor from Alex in the Daily Telegraph on forward thinking

Three: …and Bloghorn‘s own Royston Robertson in the Readers Digest on student hijinks

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

February 27, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 27th February 2009.

One: Peter Brookes in The Times on Mandelson’s delusions of grandeur

Two: Kipper Williams in The Guardian on more plunging shares

Three: P.C. Vey in Readers Digest (US) on troubled time for bankers, one of 10 Ways to Laugh at the Recession

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Bloghorn's Christmas Pick of the Week

December 22, 2008 in Links, News


The festive season is upon us, so this week Bloghorn has a bulging sack full of Christmas themed cartoons…

One: Simon Bond in Private Eye: ‘City Christmas Tree 2008′

Two: From Tony Holland in the Spectator, the credit crunch hits the Twelve Days of Christmas

Three: Christmas tree dressing at Number 10 for Peter Brookes in the Times

Four: Martin Rowson in Tribune shows the Three Wise Men investing poorly

Five: The Guardian asked artists, singers and comedians to “reinvent” Santa Claus, including Gerald Scarfe

Six: Royston Robertson in Reader’s Digest on good health at Christmas

Seven: Patrick Blower has a Livedraw animation on media-savvy shepherds

Eight: Will “Wilbur” Dawbarn in Reader’s Digest on the season of goodwill in a bad neighbourhood

Nine: Matt “Hack” Buck in Tribune on the non-jingling tills

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

October 31, 2008 in Links, News


Bloghorn spotted this great work this week …

One: Nick Newman in the Spectator on Ross and Brand

Two: Christian Adams in the Telegraph: Peter Mandelson – three strikes …

Three: Royston Robertson in Reader’s Digest: No man is an island

Week ending 31st October 2008

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