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Professional cartoonists of yesteryear

November 12, 2009 in Comment

Bloghorn would like to highlight this unmissable piece of visual nostalgia from British Pathé. We are fascinated because Bloghorn and Foghorn are made by the current UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation. We do have a slightly more gender balanced membership nowadays.

Apple get the pip over iPhone caricatures

November 11, 2009 in Comment

Screenshot-2009.10.26-11.22.57MAD Magazine caricaturist Tom Richmond reports on his blog how technology firm Apple has refused to allow an iPhone application featuring caricatures of the US Congress to be sold through its iTunes store.

Richmond’s application or App, which is called called Bobble Rep, allows users to find the names and contact details for any of the 540 US congressmen and women currently in office. It was rejected on the grounds that it “contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.”

All iPhone applications have to be approved by Apple before they can be sold and installed on individual iPhones or iPod Touch. This decision may set a precedent for other cartoonists keen on moving into the lucrative iPhone app market.

Since posting about this on Monday, Richmond’s story has been picked up by columnists for CNN, the New York Times and MacWorld. US cartoon agency has also revealed it has a product in development with Apple.

The power of the cartoon

November 10, 2009 in Comment

A lecture on the Power of the Cartoon given at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London in autumn 2009. The talk is delivered and performed by PCOer Martin Rowson. Editor’s word – this lecture does contain some strong language.

by Royston

Major illustration show opening

November 9, 2009 in General

The Chris Beetles Gallery’s annual illustrators show opens in London this weekend (November 14 and 15).

More than 1,000 original pieces of original artwork, from 1800 to present day, will be on display in The Illustrators 2009. Many of the artists included in the selling exhibition are household names, from Arthur Rackham to John Tenniel to E.H. Shepard to Quentin Blake.

The exhibition includes many cartoonists, such as John Jensen, (Old Flame, 1954, from Lilliput magazine, above) Matt Pritchett, Peter Brookes, H.M. Bateman, Rowland Emett, Giles and Gerard Hoffnung.

A major addition to the roster this year is the work of caricaturist Robert Sherriffs whose stylish line work, seen in the above cartoon of Clark Gable, was commissioned by Punch to bring the excitement of Hollywood film to readers during the 1950s. The exhibition also includes a new selection from the estate of Norman Thelwell.

The gallery is hoping for a big success with the exhibition in the run-up to Christmas, pointing out that this is an accessible and affordable sector of the art market, as more than 80 per cent of the pictures on sale cost less than £2,000.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue with 200 pages of essays and notes, and more than 400 full-colour images. It will be available from the gallery for £15 plus £3 postage.

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. The gallery’s website can be found at

Cartoon Pick of the Week

November 6, 2009 in General

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 6th November 2009.

One: Robert Thompson in The Spectator, ‘Look, next door’s dog is doing its business in our garden!’

Two: Bernie in Prospect on infidelity.

Three: Steve Bell in The Guardian on the war.

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Artist of the Month – Tim Harries

November 6, 2009 in Events

The Bloghorn Artist of the Month for November is Tim Harries.

Tim is a freelance cartoonist whose clients Readers Digest UK and USA, Punch, New Statesman, Oink, The Sun, The Star, Future Publishing, Grant Thornton, Nelson Thornes, Kodak and many others.


Bloghorn asked Tim what made him decide to become a cartoonist.

Despite obsessing over cartoons at an early age, avidly reading from The Beano, Dandy, Nutty, etc, and drawing cartoons constantly, I didn’t consider it as a possible career ’til my mid-twenties, having spent my school leaving years in a variety of boring office jobs. My interest in cartoons was still there, and my reading matter was now Squib, the shortlived ‘The Cartoonist’ broadsheet, and the occasional copy of Punch and Private Eye.

The call of the cartoon was too great and I started submitting speculative gags to the usual suspects. I managed to get one accepted in my very first batch (to The Sun), and subsequently didn’t sell another for 3 months. Things got better though! The work increased (gags, comic strips, illustrations) and I took the leap from part-time to full-time cartooning in 1998.

There will be more from Tim here at the Bloghorn next week. Remember, you can enjoy our Bloghorn Artist of the Month archives at any time.

Comic festivals return

November 5, 2009 in General

comica_logoThe three-week London-centred comic festival Comica opens today, featuring the usual mix of talks, workshops and exhibitions including the Cartoon Museum‘s 30 Years of Viz celebration (previously on Bloghorn) and a collection of original artwork from American underground comic legend Robert Crumb (previously). Also happening is the small press and self-publisher’s fair, Comiket, this coming Sunday at the ICA. There’s a full program of everything that’s going on here (or in PDF form here). Comica continues until the 26 November at various locations across the city.


Coming later in the month is the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, happening between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 November, and features more workshops, talks and exhibitions and incorporates the Thought Bubble one-day comic convention on the Saturday at Saviles Hall, opposite the Royal Armories.

Bloghorn Ten Second Cartoon

November 3, 2009 in Comment

Cartoon courtesy of PCOer Gary Barker.

by Royston

Don't get it? New Yorker explains itself

November 2, 2009 in News

“Marsha!”, a New Yorker cartoon by Julia Suits

Ever been totally baffled by a cartoon in The New Yorker? Or do you like to feel smug in the knowledge that you understand some of the more mind boggling gags? Either way you may find the Cartoon I.Q. Test on their website useful.

Could the answer to this one be that the plug is shocked to see someone using a Type A socket with no ground slot, thus increasing the chances of an electrical fire? Or is it simply funny because it’s a talking plug? Either way, it’s definitely an “only in the New Yorker” type of cartoon.

Spotted at Media Monkey