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Strip that dared to imagine the future

June 29, 2009 in General

Planetfall, original Dan Dare artwork by Frank Hampson

Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-Tech Britain, is running at the Science Museum in London.

The exhibition looks at how the Eagle comic strip imagined a brave new technological future, some parts of which came true, while others remained science fiction.

The show has been running since last year, and you have until October 25 to catch it.

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

June 26, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 26th June 2009.

One: Christian Adams in the Daily Telegraph: on the Iraq inquiry

Two: Kipper Williams in The Guardian on bankers

Three: Glen LeLievre in Prospect in Narnia

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Artist of the Month – Kate Scurfield

June 26, 2009 in Events


In our final talk with artist of the month Kate Scurfield, we asked what she thought about the future of cartooning in the digital age.

E-mail has revolutionised delivery of images, although some editors (young ones) have used it to shorten deadlines. I believe as broadband speeds improve, the system will permit more elaborate websites for cartoonists including animation which is our greatest marketing tool.

My concern lies with plagiarism and electronic copying of our work. We can only reasonably protect our work in the UK and an increasing amount of my work goes overseas. I feel we are always playing catch up with the computer nerds and one day someone will sell a clever tool to remove watermarks at the flick of a switch. I have personally suffered from copyists both here and overseas and it is potentially a big threat. Artists have to think of a better way of protecting their work from being copied.

I dream of owning a Mac and a graphics pad and dig pen, but I will never give up drawing on watercolor paper and using a paintbrush.

Our thanks to Kate and look out for a new Artist of the Month for July next Friday.

Art Spiegelman and the Refugee Ship Blues

June 25, 2009 in Comment

artspeigelmanclipThe potential for the power of the visual image is demonstrated by this recent editorial comic strip in the Washington Post by Maus cartoonist Art Spiegelman. The strip focuses on American editorial cartoonists’ response to the arrival (and subsequent denial of entry) of a shipload of 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939 (the notorious Voyage of the Damned), but it also manages to encompass commentary on the current crisis for US immigrants and the decline of the modern American editorial cartoonist. This decline in numbers of full time employed artists in the United States tends to mirror the fall in readers of print media.

Image Clipping © Art Spiegelman for The Washington Post

Donald Duck hits 75

June 24, 2009 in Comment

Disney cartoon character Donald Duck recently celebrated his 75th birthday. He made his first appearance in the 1934 short The Wise Little Hen, and has gone on to appear in more than 128 films (more than Mickey Mouse) including a series of WWII propaganda films. In 2005 he finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Cartoonists out and about in Europe

June 23, 2009 in General

PCOer Tayo Fatunla was an invitee to the recent Nostrum Cartoon Festival in Mallorca and also recently seen abroad was Graham Fowell at Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands.

This festival which is held in the Markienzenhof national museum also houses a permanent exhibition of satirical art. Graham reports:

Attending cartoonists and their companions spent the evening(s) doing what socialising international cartoonists do – i.e. trying to speak bits of each other’s language whilst waving about and drawing increasingly blurred caricatures of each other.

“Plus ça change”, thinks one of Bloghorn’s continental cousins. Full event details of Bergen are here in translation.

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Dave Brown on new cartoon exhibition

June 22, 2009 in General

Prudence and Stability, by Dave Brown, after Dignity and Impudence by Edwin Landseer (1839)

The Independent today features a new article by cartoonist Dave Brown, about his exhibition Rogues’ Gallery: More Misused Masterpieces which is currently at the Political Cartoon Gallery in London.

Cartoon Pick of the Week: Redacted

June 19, 2009 in Links, News

foghorn_for_posting_redacted MPs are back in the news again with the release of their heavily blacked-out expense reports, so Bloghorn has a special round-up of the best of the redacted, censored and otherwise obscured cartoons for the week ending the 19th June 2009.

One: Matt in the Daily Telegraph gives us a historical perspective on the story.

Two: Mac in the Daily Mail shows us a sneak preview of the upcoming Iraq enquiry testimony from Gordon Brown.

Three: There’s a brandspanking new ceremonial role in the Houses of Parliament in Peter Brookes cartoon for The Times

Four:whilst Dave Brown lets it all hang out in the open for the Independent

Five: Steve Bell in The Guardian goes with Tony Blair’s knowledge of torture in interrogations.

Six: It’s all done in the best possible taste for Andy Davey in the Sun

Seven and Eight:and finally, Paul Thomas in the Daily Express and Tim Sanders in the Independent just can’t find the words

Note: in the spirit of openness, and unlike the Goverment, Bloghorn believes that you should know all about this. Simply highlight the text above to reveal the redacted sections.

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Artist of the Month – Kate Scurfield

June 19, 2009 in Events


Bloghorn asked our Artist of the Month, Kate Scurfield, which other cartoonist’s work she admired. We were not surprised by the answer.

Norman Thelwell…I adored his books from age six and met him ten years later ! I even trained in technical drawing like Thelwell as part of my studies, which probably accounts for the tightness of my cartoons. I admire Matt for his ‘loose’ style but was told by a very experienced editor to stick with my style…so I have, and remain unchallenged by the taxman to this day.

Does Kate have any tips for wannabe cartoonists ?


See some more from Kate next Friday – and you can also look back at a report on Norman Thelwell here.

Matt Lucas to play Gerard Hoffnung

June 17, 2009 in Comment

Actor and comedian Matt Lucas (probably best known for Little Britain) is set to play cartoonist Gerard Hoffnung in a Radio 4 play. The play, titled Hoffnung – Drawn to Music is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the cartoonist and is due to be broadcast in September. Hoffnung, famous for his cartoons of musicians and orchestras also played the tuba and was responsible for organising a number of music festivals at the Royal Festival Hall.