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Video: Cartoonists in Herne Bay

September 23, 2014 in Events, General, News

This short video covering the exhibition and live cartooning in Herne Bay last month has been posted online by David Good Videos.

Former PCO chairman Nathan Ariss is our host, taking us through the background to the event and the live drawing that took place. Sue Austen of Beach Creative in Herne Bay and cartoonist Tim Harries talk about the workshops.

Our thanks go to David Good who also made a film on last year’s Marcel Duchamp festival in Herne Bay, which included a cartooning element.

UPDATE, 30 September: Rather than let all the footage he filmed go unseen, David Good has made another short film on the Herne Bay event. See below.

This time he talks to cartoonists Matt Buck, Royston Robertson and Steve Way.

See also:
David Good Videography
Procartoonists.org portfolios

A surreally great weekend

August 5, 2014 in Events, General, News

Happy caricature subjects, we assume, drawn by Alex Hughes. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Happy caricature subjects, we assume, drawn by Alex Hughes. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside in Herne Bay at the weekend was a scorching success. Here’s co-organiser Nathan Ariss with his post-event analysis:

I have only just recently discovered the true meaning of some of those well-worn platitudes, such as “Build it and they will come” and “We really couldn’t have done it without you” etc.

The Herne Bay cartoon festival has grown organically in fits and starts, borne late from the Duchamp Festival last August. I’ve been privileged to have midwived it into being, along with many of the town’s inspirational “can-do” types.

The Procartoonists undoubtedly owe a huge debt of gratitude to Beach Creative this year, run by Mandy Broughton and Mandy Troughton; the exceptional exhibition template provided for us by David Cross; and the organisation powerhouse and savviness of Sue Austen and Steve Coombes, who opened their home and list of contacts to greet, feed and publicise a multitude of cartoonists.

They also ensured that all the ridiculous ideas and things I threw at them to produce actually came into being. Thanks must also go to Arts Council England.

A collaborative effort. Insert "drawing a crowd" picture caption here. © Kasia Kowalska

A collaborative effort on a big board. Insert regulation “drawing a crowd” picture caption here. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

But, of course, a Bandstand full of cartoonists, ready with boards and tables, workshops and games, and paper and pens and paints and ideas, is only part of the picture. Thankfully, the informative and intelligent press and TV coverage we managed to garner ensured eager and expectant waves of audience for us to entertain and amuse.

BBC News preview of the event
ITV News report on the day

The event was a hit with the public, left, as well as cartoonists such as Cathy Simpson and The Surreal McCoy © Mika Schick

The event was a hit with the public, left, as well as cartoonists such as Cathy Simpson and The Surreal McCoy. Photos © Mika Schick

Thanks to Nathan. The big boards drawn at the event will be on display at the town’s Clocktower this summer. Here are some more photos (click any image to enlarge) then we will shut up about the festival … until next year.

An ilustrated man takes part. Photo © The Surreal McCoy

An illustrated man takes part. Photo © The Surreal McCoy

The public very very willing to chat and discuss the drawings Matt Buck talks cartoons. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The public was very keen to engage with the work and discuss the drawings. Matt Buck talks cartoons. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The comic strip workshop run by Tim Harries was packed throughout the day. There was also one on Saturday. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The comic-strip workshop run by Tim Harries was packed throughout the day.  He also hosted one on Saturday at Beach Creative. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Glenn Marshall finds a unique way to display his cartoon of Dali's iLobster. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Glenn Marshall finds a unique way to display his cartoon of Dali’s iLobster. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Finished work: Dave Brown channels seaside postcard maestro Donald McGill and Chris Burke serves up Dali with melted ice-creams. Delicious. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Finished work: Dave Brown channels seaside postcard maestro Donald McGill and Chris Burke serves up Dali with melted ice-creams. Delicious. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Many thanks to Kasia Kowalska and Mika Schick and The Surreal McCoy for the photographs.

For more photos and cartoons from the event, see the Beach Creative photo gallery, and you can see more on Twitter at the #CartoonistsLive hashtag.

Seaside cartoon event this weekend

July 31, 2014 in Events, General, News

Poster by Ian Baker

“Cartoonists Beside the SurrealSide” poster by Ian Baker

The Cartoonists Beside the Surrealside event takes place in Herne Bay, Kent, this Sunday. There will be live drawing of gags, political cartoons, caricatures and more in the Bandstand on the sea front from midday until 5pm.

Cartoonists due to take part, mostly PCO members, are: Nathan Ariss, Jeremy Banx, Andrew Birch, Dave Brown, Chris Burke, Matt Buck, Tim Harries, Alex Hughes, Martin Honeysett, Glenn Marshall, Royston Robertson, Tim Sanders, Cathy Simpson, Bill Stott, The Surreal McCoy, Steve Way and Gerard Whyman.

The exhibition is now open at the Beach Creative gallery and runs for two weeks (extended by a week). See the Beach Creative website for details.

As well as cartoons on the theme of seaside and surrealism, there are some works from the recent Pastiche, Parody and Piracy exhibition.

Tim Harries will also be hosting a free workshop on creating comic strips at Beach Creative this Saturday from 3pm-5pm.

We will report back on the seaside shenanigans. Meanwhile the event has been previewed in the local Herne Bay Gazette and Herne Bay Times.

UPDATE: The event is also in the i newspaper today.

Success for Shrewsbury festival

April 30, 2014 in Events, General, News

Shrewsbury 2014: The music-themed festival was sponsored by Procartoonists.org

Shrewsbury 2014: The music-themed festival was sponsored by Procartoonists.org

The Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, which took place at the weekend, drew huge crowds and was deemed a success by all involved. And it has already been given a major boost for next year.

The Shropshire Star reports that the festival has just won a £2,000 grant for next year’s event. Every penny will count as this year major funding was cut, so the 2014 festival was run on a shoestring – with a little help from Procartoonists.org.

However, as the organisers predicted, the public would not have noticed as the festival was as lively and busy as ever.

Here is a video of the Big Boards that the Shropshire Star created:

And here are more photos of the event, taken by Kasia Kowalska, that show the breadth of activities that took place at this year’s festival.

Andrew Birch and Kate Charlesworth at work on their Big Boards, the most high-profile element of the festival. They're hard to miss.

Andrew Birch and Kate Charlesworth at work on their Big Boards. The most high-profile element of the cartoon festival, the boards are impossible to miss.

Rich Skipworth, who has taken over as festival chairman from Roger Penwill, adds colour to his board

Rich Skipworth, who is tasked with organising next year’s event having taken over as festival chairman from Roger Penwill , adds some colour to his board

For the music-themed festival Rosie Brooks set herself the task of illustrating the story of Wagner's Ring Cycle in a few hours

For the music-themed festival, Rosie Brooks set herself the task of illustrating the story of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in just a few hours

Daniel Kawczynski, Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury, is caricatured by Jonathan Cusick

Daniel Kawczynski, the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury, is caricatured by Jonathan Cusick

Alex Hughes, steampunk caricaturist outfit was enough to, er, draw a crowd

Alex Hughes’s steampunk caricaturist outfit was enough to, er, draw a crowd

Harry Venning, creator of Clare in the Community did a talk that was part cartooning part stand-up comedy

Harry Venning, creator of Clare in the Community, as seen in The Guardian and heard on BBC Radio 4,  did a talk that was part cartooning part stand-up comedy

Wilbur Dawbarn hosted cartooning workshops for all ages, as did Cathy Simpson

Wilbur Dawbarn hosted cartooning workshops for all ages, as did Cathy Simpson and Tim Harries

The participating cartoonists were: Rupert Besley, Steve Best, Andrew Birch, Rosie Brooks, Dave Brown, Kate Charlesworth, Jonathan Cusick, Wilbur Dawbarn, Noel Ford, Alex Hughes, Tim Harries, Tim Leatherbarrow, Chichi Parish, Roger Penwill, Helen Pointer, John Roberts, Royston Robertson, Chris Ryder, Cathy Simpson, Rich Skipworth, Bill Stott, The Surreal McCoy, Harry Venning and Gerard Whyman.

Instant cartoons in the Square, handed out to the public for donations to the festival, were a feature this year. John Roberts draws Dizzy Gillespie

John Roberts draws Dizzy Gillespie. Instant cartoons drawn in the Square and handed out to the public for donations to the festival were a feature this year

Royston Robertson and Matt Buck add to the instant cartoons gallery

Royston Robertson and Matt Buck add to the instant cartoons gallery

Finally the Melodrawma is a great illustration of what makes the festival unique. A live comic-strip drawn to the accompaniment of narration, music and sound effects. The Melodrawma team this year was Andrew Birch, Noel Ford, Roger Penwill, Royston Robertson, Bill Stott and The Surreal McCoy.

Finally the Melodrawma is a great illustration of what makes the festival unique. It is a live comic-strip drawn to the accompaniment of narration, music, sound effects … and audience participation. The team this year was Andrew Birch, Noel Ford, Roger Penwill, Royston Robertson, Bill Stott and The Surreal McCoy.

Festival details released

March 6, 2014 in Events, General, News

Barry the Shrew, the festival mascot, tunes up © Roger Penwill

Barry the Shrew, the festival mascot, tunes up © Roger Penwill

The Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival takes place next month and more details of the events have been released. 

These include the title of the music-themed exhibition: With a Song in My Art – we are featuring cartoons submitted for the exhibition – and details on the live drawing events and workshops on creating strips,  mini-comics and, er, farting musical instruments. There’s also a talk by the Clare in the Community creator Harry Venning.

Head over to events page of the official festival website for more.

There’s even a fringe exhibition. Artists in Shropshire are invited to take part in a cartoon competition organised by the VAN Gallery to coincide with the festival.

The participating cartoonists are: Rupert Besley, Steve Best, Andrew Birch, Rosie Brooks, Dave Brown, Kate Charlesworth, Jonathan Cusick, Wilbur Dawbarn, Noel Ford, Alex Hughes, Tim Harries, Tim Leatherbarrow, Chichi Parish, Roger Penwill, Helen Pointer, John Roberts, Royston Robertson, Chris Ryder, Cathy Simpson, Rich Skipworth, Bill Stott, The Surreal McCoy, Harry Venning and Gerard Whyman.

Happy members of the public at Shrewsbury Cartoon festival

Happy members of the public at Shrewsbury Cartoon festival @ Procartoonists.org

The writer and broadcaster Libby Purves, a patron of the festival as well as of Procartoonists.org, will also be attending.

The Round-up

October 7, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

Some Funny Faces © Phillip Warner @Procartoonists.org

Phillip Warner, the cartoonist, animator and PCO member, has an exhibition of caricatures on show at the Gallery Maison Bertaux in London’s Soho. Some Funny Faces consists of a series of etchings of comedy icons, from Woody Allen and Groucho Marx to Spike Milligan and Peter Cook. This writer attended the packed private view on Thursday – so packed, in fact, that it was a challenge to make it round the entire room. Phillip is selling prints of the caricatures, and the show runs until 13 October. Find more details here.

Peter Brookes, cartoonist for The Times, appeared on The Daily Politics this week and talked about the ‘agony’ of his idea-generating process. Head over to the BBC site to watch the interview. Meanwhile, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is holding a sale of more than 100 of Brookes’ recent Times cartoons, and there is a new book collection out, titled Sign of the Times.

For those who missed it, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman‘s recent talk at the National Theatre can now be watched in full online.

PCOer Tim Harries talks to The South Wales Argus – for which he produces the Never Say Dai comic strip – about his life and career.

“Cartoons can have a profound impact on awareness,” says psychologist Lawrence Shapiro, adding: “they are a great way to get a message across that might otherwise be overlooked.” We agree, and note that Shapiro’s US company, Talk to an Expert, Inc., has introduced a weekly cartoon series to open up topics for discussion. Read more here.

Note: Our members would be only to happy to discuss producing cartoons for your business. Take a look at our portfolios.

The Round-up

June 21, 2013 in General, Links, News

 

Tim Harries (right) signs one of his cartoon collections @Procartoonists.org

Tim Harries, a member of Procartoonists.org and creator of the long-running comic strip Never Say Dai, was special guest at a cartooning and comic book fair in Newport last Saturday. Read more about the event here.

Two recently posted video clips see New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee discussing the element of design in gag cartoons, and the need to overcome rejection and generate ideas. Shortly after his presentation, Diffee also sat down for an interview with Forbes.

Head over to BBC iPlayer to learn more about the history and longevity of that notorious subversive, Mr Punch, in a half-hour programme from Radio 4 Extra.

A one-minute anti-war animation one-minute has been rediscovered, in which (an unauthorised) Mickey Mouse meets his fate in Vietnam. Watch the cartoon and read more at Cartoon Brew.

Finally, a pair of broadcast experts – veterans of Aardman Animations and the BBC – are looking to invest in new creative ideas. Read more here.

That’s the way to do it - Ed.

The Round-up

June 14, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

The Addams Family © Charles Addams @Procartoonists.org

Boing Boing draws our attention to a 12-minute documentary about Charles Addams and the inspiration for his ghoulish Family. Watch it here.

Procartoonists.org member Tim Harries will be taking part in a comic fair in Newport this Saturday (15 June). Find an interview with Tim, along with more details of the event, here.

Peter Brookes, the political cartoonist for The Times, has unveiled his decorated Gromit statue, which was produced for charity and features Brookes’ depictions of Ed ‘Wallace’ Miliband and Ed Balls. Read more at the Times site.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall both appear as guest stars in this week’s edition of the Beano. Meanwhile, Beano cartoonist Kev F. Sutherland has been passing on tips to the next generation.

Superman turns 75 this year, and with a new movie interpretation out in cinemas this week, DC Comics has plans for new series featuring its flagship hero. Deseret News, the Mormon news site, looks back at the inspiration for Superman and the character’s virtuous traits in this article. And a copy of Supes’ first appearance has sold for $175,000 – having previously been used as insulation.

Copyright with laughs

November 7, 2012 in Comment, General, Links

This was spotted by Procartoonists.org member Tim Harries. It features on the Paper Wings Podcast, which says:

This video is a real world, straight-shootin’ explanation of copyright law given at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year. Josh Wattles is the adviser-in-chief to deviantART and is a funny lawyer (imagine that) who describes the nature of fandom candidly – both its benefits to the copyright holder and the problems.

A look at the notoriously tricky subject of copyright law with laughs? Sounds good to us. Read more on this here.

The Sun shines on cartoonists

August 8, 2012 in General, News

Tim Harries strip cartoon

© Tim Harries for The Sun @ Procartoonists.org

Tim Harries has started drawing a new strip for children in The Sun, one of many Procartoonists.org members providing cartoons for the UK’s best-selling paper. Tim told the blog:

“I got a call asking for a strip to run in a kids’ pull-out section of their TV guide during the school holidays. The deadline was tight but I had a family strip in development that I thought was suitable, they liked it and went with it, asking me to make the teenage son the main character. They came up with the title “Adam’s Adventures” – seems as good a title as any! The initial plan was to run for four weeks, but that’s been extended.”

Clive Goddard's Sunday Smile

© Clive Goddard for The Sun @ Procartoonists.org

Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard has been drawing ”Sunday Smile”, a cartoon panel with a historical theme, above, for the Sun on Sunday since it launched earlier this year, above.

Editorial cartoons in the paper are regularly provided by Steve Bright, Andy Davey and Gary Barker. Click here for an archive of their cartoons. So if you see a cartoon in The Sun, the chances are it was the Procartoonists wot done it.