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Cartoonists talk to Artists and Illustrators magazine

August 12, 2009 in Comment

The August 2009 issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine features an interview with six prominent British cartoonists. Nick Newman, Peter Brookes, Posy Simmonds, and PCOers Morten Morland, Kipper Williams,and John Jensen talk about how they got started in the ‘business of satire’.

by Royston

John Jensen talks Rowland Emett

August 10, 2009 in General

PCOer John Jensen is to give an illustrated talk on the early work of cartoonist Rowland Emett, entitled The Eccentric Whimsicality of Mr. Emett, Inventor at the Cartoon Museum in London.

The talk is a tie-in with the exhibition Engines of Enchantment: The Machines and Cartoons of Rowland Emett which is at the museum until November 1.

John Jensen’s talk takes place on on September 16, from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Entrance is £5, Concessions £4 and Friends of the Museum £3.

The Cartoon Museum, at 35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays 12pm to 5.30pm.

Cartoon Pick of the Week

August 7, 2009 in Comment

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 7th August 2009.

One: Tony Husband in Private Eye: “Assisted suicides very cheap”

Two: Kal (Kevin Kallaugher) in The Economist: On the return of Iranian president Ahmedinejad

Three: Dave Brown in The Independent: on Bill Clinton’s mission to North Korea

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Artist of the Month – Steve Bright

August 7, 2009 in Events


The Bloghorn Artist of the month for August is Steve Bright. We asked him how he became a cartoonist.

If there is a conventional route to becoming a cartoonist, it certainly wasn’t mine. From the age of seven I have drawn cartoon pictures which impressed my family and made my friends laugh. I concentrated on my strengths and my ability has grown with me.

At school, having established that I could draw quite well in the early years, my themes later revolved around the typical teenage angst subjects like euthanasia, crucifixion and war. Even if no-one else was laughing at my art back then, I privately derived great mirth from the reactions it invoked. This act of self-pleasure eventually evolved, as I gradually realised that the power to make others laugh at my artwork was a great stimulant, and was in itself highly addictive.

Perhaps it was that inability to take myself or my art seriously which led to my application rejection by Edinburgh Art College (or maybe it was my portfolio of death and debauchery), but that and my arrogance at the time were the two single most important factors that led to my subsequent career as a cartoonist. Rather than head to Dundee to attend my second choice art college, I went there to take up my first full-time job as a journalist, for an advertised career in one of the local papers. If I couldn’t be a successful artist, I was going to be a successful writer, after serving my apprenticeship on the Dundee Courier or Sunday Post.

It wasn’t until the day I started at the Dundee HQ of D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. that I found out I was to be the office junior on ‘The Beano‘. Within a fortnight I had captured the regular weekly script-writing chores for Billy Whizz, Biffo the Bear, The Nibblers and Pup Parade, all to myself. Six years later, and with a wealth of experience picked up by handling artwork drawn by many of the greats of the British comic industry, I quit, and jumped the fence to become a freelance cartoonist. The rest, as they say, has been lunacy…

There will be more from our interview with Steve at Bloghorn next Friday.

It’s not always what you draw…

August 5, 2009 in Comment

…sometimes it can be how you do it.

by Royston

Travelling Moleskine: naughty but nice

August 3, 2009 in General

Members of the Professional Cartoonists Organisation are taking part in a Travelling Moleskine project, as part of this year’s Big Draw event.

The idea is that a cartoonist makes his or her mark in the Moleskine notebook then passes it on, via Her Majesty’s post, to the next volunteer. The theme for the PCO’s Moleskine is “Naughtiness”. Ooer!

So far Matt Buck and Royston Robertson have drawn a couple of pages each, and the book has been passed on to fellow Bloghorner Alex Hughes. Other PCO members who have volunteered so far are: Chichi Parish, Bill Stott, Noel Ford, Nathan Ariss, Steve Bright, Jonathan Cusick, Cathy Simpson and Tim Harries.

Around 30 Moleskines have been sent out by the Culture Vulture, the organisation acting on behalf of the Campaign for Drawing, which stages the Big Draw every autumn.

More details on the Moleskines can be found at