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Quentin Blake's Informal Panorama

September 30, 2009 in News

Watch a video of Quentin Blake’s recent work for the University of Cambridge (link from the BBC)

by Royston

Oldie cartoon book and exhibition

September 29, 2009 in General

oldie_cartoons“Many readers would not admit it but the first thing they do with a magazine like The Oldie is to flick through it to look at the cartoons. If that is true, as I think it is, then the cartoons assume enormous importance.”

Richard Ingrams, editor of The Oldie, and former editor of Private Eye, in an intro to The Oldie Book of Cartoons 1992-2009

Read the full piece here

The Oldie is hosting an exhibition at London’s Cartoon Museum from this Thursday, October 1, until December 24, 2009. A selection of cartoons from the new book will be on display.

You can also buy more than 100 original cartoons just around the corner at Abbott and Holder Ltd on Museum Street. See them online here

by Royston

Cartoonist to launch online magazine

September 28, 2009 in General

Cartoon by Paul Baker

Simon Ellinas, caricaturist and PCO member, is to launch a new website called Ha! The name stands for Humorous Arts and the site is based on the magazine of that name which Simon published in the mid-1990s.

The site will feature cartoons, caricatures, humorous articles and short stories. Simon tells us that the plan is that the contributors, including caricaturist Paul Baker, whose work is featured above, will add new content daily. Bloghorn cornered Simon to ask him about all matters Ha!

Tell us about the original print version
“Ha! seemed a good idea when Punch was non-existent [before the late-1990s version launched by Mohamed Al Fayed] as there was no cartoon satire magazine to fill the gap between Private Eye and Viz. Five issues were produced, print run 1000, and they were distributed around independent newsagents as well as through a growing subscription list. Two major publishers considered making it go national, but got cold feet because of advertising sales difficulties.”

Why are you relaunching it on the web? And who is your audience?
“I’m doing it because I want to. No manifesto other than to make people laugh, or at least smile inwardly. The audience is me. Best reason for any artistic pursuit.”

What do you hope you’ll be able to do with Ha! in its new form as a website?
“Firstly, to safely archive all the stuff from the rapidly deteriorating paper versions and secondly to be an outlet for our satirical impulses which aren’t getting an airing  elsewhere. It will primarily be a review of all humorous arts pinned together by satirical and humorous articles, cartoons and comic strips. There will be competitions with prizes donated by various companies – books, DVDs etc. If it manages to further the cause of cartooning, that’d be good, but that’s not the primary aim. “Humour” is the key word.”

Ha! is currently at but once it is ready, with current topical content coming in, it will be properly launched at the main domain:

by Royston

Cartoon Pick of the Week

September 25, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 25th September 2009.

One: Peter Brookes in The Times on the special relationship

Two: Nicholas Garland in The Daily Telegraph on
a very public crash

Three: Len Hawkins in The Spectator on paranoid parenting

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Back to school with Cartoon Classroom

September 23, 2009 in General


Comic artist David Lloyd (of V for Vendetta fame), cartoon historian Paul Gravett and teacher Steve Marchant (author of The Cartoonists’ Workshop) have created They plan to to centralize all information relating to the study of cartoon and comic strip creation in the UK.

The website launches officially in early October and the trio are currently looking for cartoonists who teach or who would be interested in sharing their skills to register interest at Alternatively, you can contact them direct here.

Steve Marchant

by Royston

A song and dance about cartooning

September 21, 2009 in General

Cartoonists in the UK have much in common with our colleagues throughout the world, and we keep in touch via international competitions and festivals, but what we in the UK are sadly missing, unlike our friends in France, is … a song!

Yes, Feco France have written their own song in praise of the noble art of cartooning. (Feco is the Federation of Cartoonists’ Organisations, of which the PCO, the people behind The Bloghorn, is a member.) The song is très French, but is rather wistful and pleasant. You can listen to it online, complete with animated pencils, here. And you can read about it and check out the lyrics, in French, here.

Sadly, this writer dropped French at O-level and has not a clue what is being sung, other than that the word liberté occurs rather a lot. An online translation does not help, there appears to be a lot of stuff about “mines”. Something has surely got lost in translation.

Anyway, it seems our gallic chums have set us a challenge. How do we UK cartoonists come up with our own song? If anyone out there has any good ideas for lyrics, themes, and the kind of tune we need (no blues songs, please) then add your comments below …

Thanks to PCOer Roger Penwill for the spot.

Rowland Emett – eccentrically whimsical inventor

September 17, 2009 in General

PCOer The Surreal McCoy reports on John Jensen’s illustrated talk on the workings of cartoonist Rowland Emett‘s imagination at the Cartoon Museum in London last night.

Admitting he was ‘genetically propelled to enjoy Emett’s work’ John showed what an accomplished technician Emett had been with drawings of trains and planes (he had worked as a draughtsman for the Air Ministry) as well as his elaborate filigree work for bizarre and outlandish machines which are also on show at the museum until November 1st.


A suitably surreal slideshow traced Emett’s career, including artists such as Saul Steinberg and Hokusai who influenced him. It also highlighted the many different mediums in which he drew, which ran from scraperboard to watercolour. During the Second World War Emett had provided cartoons for propaganda purposes including an acidly-drawn caricature of Hitler in uncharacteristically lurid colours and with a French tagline.


There will be another talk at the museum on Wednesday 23rd September when Emett’s daughter Claire will share anecdotes and memories of her father’s life. The talk is 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.

The Big Draw Cartoon Auction 2009

September 16, 2009 in General

Bloghorn encourages readers to browse the Now We Are Ten fund-raising cartoon auction for The UK’s Campaign for Drawing which takes place tomorrow at the Idea Generation Gallery in London. There is some terrific work for sale, including the drawing below by Tim Sanders, and you can bid at the event on the night or directly – online – here.

by Royston

Bloghorn victorious in Battle

September 14, 2009 in General

After several years as the plucky underdog, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation’s team, this year rebranded as Team Bloghorn, has finally emerged victorious from the annual Battle of the Cartoonists.

Our team came joint first with Private Eye in the Big Draw event in which four teams completed a large banner on the theme of “Now We Are Ten”, celebrating a decade of The Campaign for Drawing. They faced stiff competition from teams from The Sun and The Independent.

A banner year: The Bloghorn team was made up of, left to right, Andy Bunday, Clive Goddard, captain Pete Dredge, holding the cup, who oversaw proceedings, and Nathan Ariss

Work in progress: Clive and Pete get drawing. Click here, to see the full, completed banner

In a post-match interview, Pete told the Bloghorn: “Justice and victory at last for the PCO’s Battle of the Cartoonists’ team, albeit jointly with the Eye (Shurely shome mistake – Ed). What seemed like a clear-cut decision was mysteriously drawn out into a “cheer-off” head-to-head. And even then our clearly louder decibel reading was insufficient for us to be declared outright winners. A big draw indeed!”

Joint winners: The Private Eye team, left to right, Simon Pearsall, Richard Jolley and Ken Pyne, also a PCO member, with MC Andrew Marr, who is a patron of the PCO

But the event is not just about the glory of winning. PCO members Tim Harries, and Cathy Simpson were on hand to run drawing workshops for children and adults at the event, which took place at the Idea Generation gallery in Shoreditch, London.

Drawn to it: Cathy Simpson hosted a workshop for children

The workshoppers were ably assisted by The Surreal McCoy. All photographs here are by Gerard Whyman, who was on hand as the official PCO photographer.

by Royston

Cartoon Pick of the Week

September 11, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 11th September 2009.

One: Colin Whittock in the Birmingham Mail: Missing the old days

Two: Steve Bell in The Guardian: A sick joke

Three: Gordon Gurvan (GG) in The Spectator:
And what do you do?

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