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Phill Jupitus discusses "joke theft"

February 19, 2009 in News

foghorn_for_posting2All cartoonists have at some point seen a cartoon and thought, Hey, that’s my joke! But how often is it theft and how often simple coincidence? Comedian and occasional cartoonist Phill Jupitus discusses the business of stealing laughs at the Guardian website.

A fake Searle and a Posy Simmonds movie?

February 18, 2009 in Comment

According to Perpetua, a Ronald Searle blog, there may be an original Ronald Searle St. Trinians illustration for sale on eBay. Admittedly, there is a lack of provenance, and the buyer freely admits it may be merely ‘attributed to Ronald Searle’ or even just ‘after Ronald Searle’. Even with a lack of proof that it’s not a fake, it’s already reached over £300 on the auction website.

In other news, according to the Hollywood Reporter website, there appear to be plans afoot to make an animated feature of Posy SimmondsTamara Drewe graphic novel, originally serialised in the Guardian newspaper. Details are sketchy at this stage, but it looks like the BBC have commissioned Ruby Films to produce the feature supported by the UK Film Council. There will be more details on Bloghorn as soon as we hear about it.

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The fine art of comic-book lettering

February 16, 2009 in General


If you thought comic-book lettering was simply a case of putting words in a balloon, and maybe adding a BIFF! here and a POW! there, then think again. An article by Nate Piekos, entitled Comics grammar and tradition explains all.

Cartoon Pick of the Week

February 13, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 13th February 2009.

One: Martin Rowson sees something apocalyptic going on – from The Guardian.

Two: Clive Goddard gets the blues in Prospect and The Week.

Three: And Tim Sanders in The Independent offers a thought on the revelation that Prince Harry will be undertaking equality training

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Artist of the Month: Neil Dishington

February 13, 2009 in Events

bloghorn_dish_cartoon_no2 PCO Artist of the Month, Neil Dishington – “Dish” – explains to Bloghorn how he creates his loose graphic style:

As with most of my generation I used a dip pen to start with, but could never find the right nib or a free-flowing ink. Thank goodness for fibre tip pens which I use now plus really white paper. I also discovered Ecoline inks, they are brilliant, lovely vibrant colours and when overlayed create wonderful effects… see my , or, Mike Williams work for evidence. I do use Photoshop sometimes, drawing the image and flooding colour, but I still feel a novice with it. I try.

V&A Comic illustrator selected

February 11, 2009 in News

Karen Rubins has been selected for the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s first comic illustrator residency, as mentioned previously in Bloghorn. Karen, who draws in a manga style was also placed as a runner-up in last years Japanese Embassy’s Manga Jiman 150 Competition.

(via Forbidden Planet).

London's Political Cartoon Gallery is in rude health

February 11, 2009 in Events, News

Bloghorn can report London’s Political Cartoon Gallery is not going to be closing, contrary to reports in the capital’s Metro newspaper.

According to the Metro, the cartoon gallery, which is the only display space in the world dedicated to the art of the editorial cartoon, is facing closure because of soaring rents and collapsing demand.

But, talking to Bloghorn, gallery owner Tim Benson said the Metro story was confused about a simple renegotiation of the business lease on the premises.

The gallery opened five years ago, and is currently hosting the exhibition Browned Off, featuring cartoons on Gordon Brown’s first 18 months as Prime Minister.


Cartoon courtesy of The Political Cartoon Gallery and Copyright of Peter Brookes of The Times.

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Expert's angle on Angoulême

February 10, 2009 in News


The journalist Paul Gravett, a leading expert on comics and graphic novels, has a report on the Angoulême International Comics Festival, which is now in its 36th year, in the Books section of The Guardian.

Angoulême, a city in the Charente region of southwest France, is synonymous with comics, says Gravett, like Glyndebourne for opera or Hay-on-Wye for books.

You need to scroll down the page to read the Guardian piece, or you can read a longer, illustrated version, at Paul Gravett’s website.

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Cartoon exhibition: A Peep into Clubland

February 9, 2009 in General


“Very well meant” by H. M. Bateman

A Peep into Clubland: Cartoons from Private London Clubs is the title of an exhibition which runs from February 18 to May 3 at the Cartoon Museum in London.

It is billed as a rare chance to see more than a hundred works from the Athenaeum, Annabel’s, the Garrick, the MCC, Harry’s Bar, the Reform Club, the Sketch Club, Chelsea Arts Club and others.

London’s Private Clubs hold many cartoons, caricatures and prints on a wide range of subjects. They may delight and amuse their members, but they are inaccessible to everyone else, so this show offers the wider public a rare chance to enjoy them.

The show features cartoons by H. M. Bateman (above), Peter Arno, Heath Robinson, Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Pont and many more.

The Cartoon Museum, at 35 Little Russel Street, near the British Museum, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm and Sunday 12pm-5.30pm. Ticket prices: adults £4, concessions £3, students and under-18s free.

Link: The Cartoon Museum website

Cartoon Pick of the Week

February 6, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work, this week ending the 6th February 2009.

One: Roger Kettle and Andrew Christine offer up Horace in a romantic mood at The Mirror.

Two: Leo Cullum in the New Yorker sums up global activity, without words.

Three: Mac in the Daily Mail offers a note of sympathy to the afflicted in the UK: “I keep worrying how poor Carol Thatcher is getting on.”

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