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Animated film triumphs at Golden Globes

January 12, 2009 in Comment

The animated film Waltz With Bashir was one of the winners at the Golden Globes, significantly triumphing not in an animation category but as Best Foreign Language Film.

The film, tipped by the Bloghorn as one to watch back in May, sees Israeli writer and director Ari Folman using animation to depict his memories of fighting in the Israeli Army during the 1982 invasion of Beirut.

It beat such acclaimed live action films as The Baader Meinhof Complex and Gomorrah. Less surprisingly, Pixar’s Wall-E was Best Animated Film. Here’s a ful list of results.

Welcome to the Bloghorn's new home

January 11, 2009 in News

In a bid to kick start the UK housing market, the Bloghorn has moved to these new premises. Please enjoy poking around, our apologies if you find anything is working in other than tip-top fashion, but you know how it is with moving.

The chairleg for the Bloghorn’s eminence grise, The Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, said:

Finding Bloghorn a new home is an essential step on our path to world domi … sorry, I mean the new Bloghorn platform will allow us more flexibility in doing what we want to do; making sure that a little more of the world is aware of our popular art form by presenting the work of very best of UK cartoonists, together with news items and cartoon-related features, all amazingly with only minimal recourse to tits, bums and Celebrity-Boffing-on-Ice.

Welcome to the Bloghorn’s new home

January 11, 2009 in General

In a bid to kick start the UK housing market, the Bloghorn has moved to these new premises. Please enjoy poking around, our apologies if you find anything is working in other than tip-top fashion, but you know how it is with moving.

The chairleg for the Bloghorn’s eminence grise, The Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, said:

Finding Bloghorn a new home is an essential step on our path to world domi … sorry, I mean the new Bloghorn platform will allow us more flexibility in doing what we want to do; making sure that a little more of the world is aware of our popular art form by presenting the work of very best of UK cartoonists, together with news items and cartoon-related features, all amazingly with only minimal recourse to tits, bums and Celebrity-Boffing-on-Ice.

Lego cartoons

January 8, 2009 in Comment

It’s the start of the first working week of the New Year, so here’s something very silly, and great fun, to cheer you up: Lego cartoons. That’s not cartoons about Lego, you understand, but cartoons made of Lego.

US magazine cartoonist Mark Anderson re-created one of his own gag cartoons in Lego form, purely for fun last year. And he’s just added another to his plastic-brick portfolio.

Whatever next? Steve Bell re-creating his entire oeuvre in Stickle Bricks?

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The cartoonist in 2009

January 6, 2009 in General

Preparations for the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2009 are well under way.

This year’s festival theme is The Science of Nature to coincide with the town’s year-long celebration of Shropshire lad Charles Darwin’s birth. This year also coincides with the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book On the Origin of Species.

The Guardian’s Steve Bell will be exhibiting his unique take on “Anthropomorphism”; expect monkeys, Dubya, penguins, Blair, Brown and more.

There will be an exhibition of historical science cartoons from the nineteenth century that Darwin himself is likely to have have seen. These have been borrowed from collections at the University of Kent at Canterbury, the British Museum print room and the National Cartoon Museum. Curation is by Adrian Plant at the Shrewsbury Museum and is underway now.

And there will be a visiting exhibition from internationally regarded Czech cartoonist Miroslav Bartak who draws jokes from the miracles of modern science.

A spokescartoonist for the organising committee offered Bloghorn this quote:

“The funding is, as ever, as tight as grandma on the absinthe, but the all-hands-to-the-wheel attitude of the stout yeomanry on the ground will bring a fat ray of sunshine into next April’s showers. The festival weekend is the 24th-26th April 2009 although the exhibitions will run through April.”

Bloghorn would like to urge any commercial enterprise interested in associating their name with the potent mixture of large crowds, extreme levity and high seriousness to contact the organisers from here.

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Cartoon reviews of 2008

January 6, 2009 in General

Tayo Fatunla for the BBC World Service (Also, including Zapiro from South Africa).
Kipper Williams at the Guardian. The paper also offers a wide selection of art for the new year including Martin Rowson and Steve Bell.
Political cartoonist of the Year Morten Morland at the Times.
Pat Blower draws for The Daily Telegraph.
Matt Buck Hack cartoons for Channel 4.
And, Christian Adams of the Telegraph revisits the classic old and new year image.

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2008 in cartoons – a look back at St Just

January 5, 2009 in Comment

PCOer Alex Noel-Watson reports on last year’s version of one of the drawing things we have to look forward to in 2009:

Deep in the heart of the French countryside of the Limousin, in the department of Haute Vienne where characteristic tan-coloured cattle roam the lush meadows, nestles the village of Saint-Just-Le-Martel, near Limoges.

Saint-Just-Le-Martel could be described as the unofficial world capital of cartoons, thanks to the vision and energy of its mayor, Gérard Vandenbroucke, who 26 years ago started the annual Salon International de la Caricature, du Dessin de Presse et d’Humour.

St Just cartoonists @ The BloghornThe Salon runs for ten days at the end of September and beginning of October, and approximately 200 cartoonists converge upon the village from all over the world, 100 for the first weekend and the remainder for the second. A small number of cartoonists stays for the whole ten days. All the cartoonists who attend the Salon are happily billeted with local families.

The Salon is the biggest exhibition of cartoons in Europe, probably the world. The vast main exhibition, displaying cartoons from every imaginable country, is supplemented throughout the Salon site and beyond (in Limoges) by numerous others.

This year these included the historic works of Daumier, a presentation revealing the astonishing versatility of the veteran French cartoonist, Roger Mofrey, exhibitions by Brito, Avoine, Tignons, Kerleroux, Cambon, Puig-Rosado and others; caricatures by Nalair, a large display of caricatures by Sterpone, Moine and others in the main area; the Cartooning for Peace exhibition, conceived by Plantu and already shown at the United Nations in New York and around the world, most recently in Jerusalem, Hollon, Bethlehem and Ramallah; cartoons from Québec, Cuba, Turkey, Portugal and Germany.

Saint-Just, however, is not resting on its laurels. For a long time Gérard Vandenbroucke has nursed the ambition to build a permanent world centre of cartoons. This dream is nearing fruition. Two years ago, the first symbolic bricks were laid, and Gérard told me that construction will begin at the end of this year.

“There will be 18 months of building works and the centre will be officially opened in 2010,” he said.

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Artist of the Month: Denis Dowland

January 5, 2009 in Events

Bloghorn and Denis Dowland cartoon
Reflecting on the future of cartooning in the digital age in our last entry for 2008, PCO Artist of the Month, Denis Dowland, writes:

Technological advances give with one hand and take with the other just like chancellors. I certainly do not miss the good old days of dragging heavy portfolios round studios, at or soon after lunch-time, to baffle brain-addled, red-braced juvenile yuppie editors, I’d better stop now, it’s all coming back to me. I simply couldn’t wait for the internet.

Now that video has virtually taken over the medium, however, the internet is swamped by infantile trash, taking us back to square one, if not further. This only requires an upgrading of our working methods, like the telephone once did. The threat I see as more insidious is the unstoppable drive toward the cretinisation of society as perhaps its only means of holding together, its naturally enthusiastic adoption by the mediocre and its resigned and guilty acceptance by those who do know better. Grumpy old git, moi? I love it.

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Happy Christmas from The Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation

January 5, 2009 in Comment

Bloghorn Christmas card 2008 from the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation
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