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We Shouldn’t Be Doing This, You Know

May 24, 2018 in General

  © Rupert Besley Rupert Besley writes: Every so often someone comes up with the idea of a cartoon competition. Trouble is, for most cartoonists, every day is competition. Getting any cartoon into print was never a doddle. It took New Yorker regular David Sipress 25 years of submissions to get his first acceptance there.…

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An American cartoonist in Shrewsbury

May 6, 2018 in General

The author pictured before starting work on her big board… …and standing behind the finished artwork Maria Scrivan writes: I am thrilled and honored to have been part of the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival this year.  It was an incredible group of artists from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Australia and the US. The exhibition, spread…

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Marx and sparks from Martin Rowson

May 1, 2018 in General

© Martin Rowson/SelfMadeHero SelfMadeHero is to mark the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth with a graphic novel adaptation of The Communist Manifesto created by Guardian cartoonist and PCO stalwart Martin Rowson. The publisher says “Martin Rowson employs his trademark draughtsmanship and wit in this lively adaptation, which is both an incisive introduction to the…

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Cartoonists in Conversation

April 30, 2018 in Events, General

Jonathan Cusick writes: A Friday evening talk has traditionally opened the public programme of the Shrewsbury cartoon festival. This year ‘Cartoonists in Conversation’ aimed to give the public an insight into the lives of cartoonists, whose work they would probably be familiar with but know little about the people behind them. The number of cartoonists…

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Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival in the rear-view mirror.

April 25, 2018 in Events, General

Jonathan Cusick, Pete Dredge, John Roberts and Helen Pointer ‘drawing the crowds’. Rupert Besley writes: The sun shone on the righteous – and on the cartoonists in Shrewsbury. It was a bumper gathering in the town this last weekend, with visitors and participants drawn from far and wide. Few more so than festival regular Dean…

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Could witchcraft be a winner at the World Illustration Awards 2018?

April 25, 2018 in General

© Rebecca Hendin/BuzzFeed One of the PCO’s newest members, Rebecca Hendin, has been shortlisted for the prestigious award The series of editorial illustrations, created to accompany a BuzzFeed article on historical witch animals, has already cast a spell in getting her nominated – no mean achievement as the World Illustration Awards 2018 received a record…

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