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Bloghorn’s TV teasers

May 20, 2009 in Comment, News

Word reaches us that caricaturist Gerald Scarfe will be featuring in television’s The Apprentice this week. Bloghorn hopes he gets to do Alan Sugar good and proper.

We are sad to see the opinion of Margaret Mountford from show (copied below) about what the contestants know of Scarfe, but, ahem, that’s partly why Bloghorn is here.

As usual, the victorious team is given a treat. This week it involves the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe – although, judging by their blank expressions, I’m not sure that any of the winning candidates had even heard of him.

While we are in the world of the live action moving picture, we should also say that a team of our finest pencil points are nearly ready for public broadcast after their appearance on the Eggheads quiz show. We now know their outing will be broadcast over the summer, so watch this virtual space for more details.

by Royston

Must-see cartoon exhibitions

May 18, 2009 in Comment

There are many fine exhibitions to see in London at the moment, all have been covered in detail here on the Bloghorn. Here’s a round-up in “last chance to see” order.


Barry Fantoni – Public Eye, Private Eye, above, cartoons and paintings, at the Thomas Williams Fine Art Gallery, Old Bond Street. Open 10am – 6pm, Monday to Friday. Until May 22

Posy Simmonds’ original artwork from the 1970s to the 1990s at the new offices of Guardian News and Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way. Open daily from 10am – 6 pm, admission free. Until June 4

The Definitive Thelwell at the Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St James’s. Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm. Until June 6


Yankee Doodles! Barack Obama in Cartoons, above (cartoon by Christian Adams), at the Political Cartoon Gallery, 32 Store Street. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and on Saturdays between 11.30am – 5.30pm. Until June 13

Maggie! Maggie! Maggie! – Margaret Thatcher, Mother of the Nation or Monster from the Blue Lagoon at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays 12pm to 5.30pm. Until July 26

Cartoon Pick of the Week

May 15, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 15th May 2009.

One: Morten Mørland in The Times on following orders

Two: Len Hawkins in Prospect on getting your kids into the right school

Three: and Paul Noth in The New Yorker in a dark alley…

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Artist of the Month – Ken Pyne

May 15, 2009 in Events


Our Artist of the Month, Ken Pyne, lives and works in North London. Ken has won a string of awards for his work including Cartoonist of the Year in 1981, Strip Cartoonist of the Year in 2001 and Caricaturist of the Year in 2006.

He has exhibited work at the Cartoonists’ Gallery, London, the Barbican Centre and Burgh house in Hampstead. His work is also held in the permanent collections at the V&A Museum, the Cartoon Art Trust and Salon du Presse et d’Humour, Switzerland.

When asked, he offered Bloghorn some trade secrets;

How do I make my cartoons? Apart from out of glue, scissors and old plastic cartons? I wait to be asked, think up jokes and draw them.

The business of visual communication

May 13, 2009 in Comment

It can be easy to forget that people who make the popular art form we know as cartoons also have to make a living from their skill at selling their product. Artist Jack Vettriano, interviewed here by the BBC’s Working Lunch, talks about the business side of selling the skills of visual communication. Bloghorn thinks quality communication skills which gather attention, interest and eyeballs are best manufactured by professionals and you can find many of them here.

by Royston

Thelwell show rides into town

May 11, 2009 in General

The Chris Beetles Gallery in London is hosting The Definitive Thelwell from this Wednesday (May 13) until June 6, the first selling show of work by Norman Thelwell in 20 years.

Thelwell is best remembered for his fat ponies and their long-suffering young riders, but he was a wide-ranging artist, who tackled many subjects for many papers and magazines, including Punch, with which he developed a close relationship over 25 years.

He had a strong understanding of the British character, and may be considered the post-war heir to Pont of Punch. From estate agents to battery farmers, hunt protesters to harassed motorists, Thelwell chronicled the minutiae of our lives.

An accomplished landscape painter, Thelwell produced detailed, naturalistic settings for lively, comic figures that represent what he called, “the endearing lunacy of human behaviour”. The Definitive Thelwell provides a comprehensive cross-section of this work, with more than 150 drawings and watercolours. The show includes landscapes and seascapes as well as cartoons.

The Chris Beetles Gallery, at 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London (nearest Tube Green Park or Piccadilly Circus) is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm.

For more details visit the website:

by Royston

Cartoon Pick of the Week

May 8, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 8th May 2009.

One: Matt in the Daily Telegraph: Atishoo!

Two: Ros Asquith in The Guardian on loyal service

Three: Alex Matthews in Prospect on projecting the right image

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by Royston

Bristol hosts major comics event

May 8, 2009 in General

The Bristol International Comic Expo takes place this weekend (May 9 and 10) at the city’s Ramada Plaza Hotel.

The event features talks, panels and interviews with many top creators in the world of comics, and lots of opportunities to forget the recession and spend big on comics, merchandise and artwork. For more information, visit the website. There is also a sister event, the Small Press Expo, where the focus is on independent comics creators, on the Saturday only at Bristol’s Mercure Holland House Hotel.

Artist of the Month – Ken Pyne

May 8, 2009 in Events


The Bloghorn Artist of the Month for May 2009 is Ken Pyne, a prolific gag, strip cartoonist and caricaturist.

Bloghorn asked Ken how he started as a cartoonist:

I became a cartoonist as I never wanted to do anything else as far back as I can remember. Drawing all over school exercise books seemed better than written homework, which helped me get my first cartoon published in Punch when I was 16. After that, I never looked forward.

Since then he has contributed to: Private Eye, The Times, Punch, Spectator, Observer, Guardian, Evening Standard, TES, Daily Mirror, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, People, Manchester Evening News, Ham & High, Sunday Times, The Oldie, Reader’s Digest, Which?, Stern, Today, Sunday Express, Marketing Week, New Statesman, Listener, Radio Times, Esquire, House Beautiful, Federation of Small Businesses, Money Marketing, FM World and more.

There will be more from the interview with Ken next Friday.

by Royston

Exhibition is breath of fresh air

May 7, 2009 in General


An exhibition called Penwill’s Countryside Cartoons opens tomorrow (May 8th) at the Assembly Rooms in Ludlow, Shropshire.

It features 50 cartoons by PCOer Roger Penwill, mostly from the collection The Countryside Cartoon Joke Book published last year by Merlin Unwin. Many of the cartoons are from The Countryman magazine which has featured Penwill cartoons regularly since 2002.

The venue is The Gallery, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow. The exhibition runs until June 14th. Opening times are 10am-8pm every day. Admission is free.

To tie in with the exhibition, Roger Penwill will be holding a cartoon workshop for age 12+ on Tuesday 26th May at 2.30pm. Entry for the workshop is £3.50.