Alexander Matthews, the Procartoonists.org member whose work appears in The Dandy, Private Eye and The Phoenix among others, writes on his blog about what he sees as the key ingredients for writing a funny kids’ comic strip. Read the post here.
A new exhibition at the Jewish Military Museum in Hendon features political cartoons by Jewish cartoonists dating back to the 17th Century. Read more about Cartoons At Warhere. (Thanks to The Surreal McCoy for the link.)
Finally, the Syrian cartoonist Juan Zero tells Al Jazeera his work has become bolder since the conflict began in his country, and discusses the power of cartoons as protest.
Above: Jamie Hewlett, the cartoonist behind Tank Girl and Gorillaz, talks about how absorbing drawing can be, and about his own desire to keep improving. (Thanks to Tim Harries for bringing this to our attention.)
The Dallas Morning News talks to several political cartoonists about how their depictions of Barack Obama – and by extension, other political figures – have changed over time as they have got to know him better. Read the article here. Elsewhere, Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Tony Auth tells The Atantic about his approach to covering the presidential campaign season.
In Canterbury, the Beaney Museum and Library is reopening after a £14.2 million refurbishment. It will feature seven permanent galleries for use by artists and local groups. Our man Nathan Ariss will be attending and passed on this link.
Lastly, it is with sadness that we note the passing of Procartoonists.org member Frank Jeffs, who died last month aged 77. One of Frank’s long-time clients, The Northampton Chronicle & Echo, has this obituary.
He told the BBC: “The uprising has redefined art in Syria. It’s exposed the gulf between real artists and mercenaries in the pay of the state. Most – many of them my colleagues – have failed that test. It’s changed what Syrians see as art.”
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