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Cutting cartoons – the campaign

April 23, 2010 in General

The PCO, the cartoonists organisation who run Bloghorn, are launching the ‘Cutting Cartoons’ campaign at this weekend’s Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival. Many of the of the UK’s best cartoonists will be drawing their own ‘cutting cartoon’ for their campaign T-shirt over the next three days.

Cutting cartoons at the Bloghorn for the UK Professional Cartoonists Organisation. Artwork ©Pete Dredge

As well as future stunts challenging the loss of the cartooning from the UK print media, the campaign will develop long-term strategies to help creators of visual jokes assert their rights and also, encourage the growing digital media to use our trade and its skills.

The PCO have recently joined the Creators Rights Alliance and are also in discussion with the Association of Illustrators about collaboration in these areas.

If you or your organisation would like to be associated with us and our work, you can contact the PCO media team here.

by Royston

Shrewsbury 2010 #4

April 23, 2010 in General

Cartoon by Royston Robertson
The Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival is now officially up and running. Your Bloghorn team will be out and about in the town today, Friday April 23, checking out the drawing, caricaturing, workshops and exhibitions. Watch this space, there’s plenty to come.

by Royston

Shrewsbury 2010 #3

April 22, 2010 in General

Cartoon by The Surreal McCoy

Shrewsbury Cartoon – The Beer

April 21, 2010 in General

The last-minute endorsements are flowing in for this weekend’s activities with the latest being Happy Barry [adopts advertising tone-of-voice] – the official beer of the cartoon festival [stops it]. Barry the Shrew does sterling work as one of the public faces of the festival and deserves a drink as a result.

Thirsty visitors and cartoonists will be able to enjoy a pint at pubs across town in between the events. The festival organisers would like to thank the Salopian Brewery for making it.

Cartoon Beer for Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival © and All Rights reserved for Salopian Brewery and Roger Penwill
Bloghorn is looking forward to whetting his metaphorical foghorn when he gets there. The first person to say ‘‘This tastes funny … geddit?’’ has to get the next round in.

by Royston

Shrewsbury 2010 #2

April 20, 2010 in General

Magic, Myths and Mystery cartoon by Bill Stott

by Royston

Shrewsbury 2010 #1

April 19, 2010 in General

Cartoon by Wilbur DawbarnThe Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival starts this Thursday, April 22, and runs until Sunday, April 25. We’ll be showcasing cartoons submitted for exhibition at Shrewsbury this week, and throughout the festival weekend. All cartoons are on the theme of Magic, Myth and Mystery.

Foghorn cartoon magazine – Issue 44

April 15, 2010 in Comment

Foghorn cartoon magazine. Made by cartoonists. Cover art ©Alex Hughes for the Professional Cartoonists' Organisation
A new Foghorn magazine is published. Click the picture to subscribe to a beautiful print copy of your very own if you don’t already pay £30 for six issues a year. You can explore some free digital back copies here. This issue the cover artwork is by Alex Hughes.

What’s inside?

Spitting Image – Royston Robertson finds a cartoon namesake down under, and unearths some suprises.
Cool for Cats
– Chichi Parish surfs the internet, stopping off to interview a cat-loving, Harley Davidson-riding nudist.
Yes, you read that correctly
King of the Roundabout
– Gerard Whyman gets behind the wheel for the first time in 21 years, and lives to tell us the tale.
Such Larks!
– Foghorn’s resident Critic Pete Dredge takes on Lark Rise to Candleford.

A four page preview of Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival featuring more cartoons than you can shake a stick at.
The Surreal McCoy – a full-page spread of artwork!
With Buildings in the Fog, The Foghorn Guide To, The Potting Shed and many more random acts of humour.

So, buy yourself a print subscription here

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival map 2010

April 15, 2010 in General

The Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival is just around the corner, so to help you find your way around the numerous exhibitions, workshops, talks and events, Bloghorn has put together a handy interactive map of what’s going on this year.

Just click on the map markers to get a run-down of what’s happening, or use the link below to view a larger version of the map. If you would like a print guide to the Festival follow that last link to a PDF download.

New to the event this year is the addition of the S-MILE trail (the blue line on the map below), a cartoon-infested walk around Shrewsbury’s medieval streets. Specific details of the trail, and the guided Ghost Tour on the evening of 20th April can be found here (again in a downloadable PDF). And if that’s not enough, we’ve also put together a Google Calendar of what’s on when.

View map full-screen

You can catch up with our event previews here (just scroll down the page) and Bloghorn looks forward to seeing you at this year’s event.

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist announced

April 14, 2010 in General

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning has been awarded to Mark Fiore of, the San Francisco Chronicle Web site. This marks the first time the prize has been won by a cartoonist who only produces animated web-based cartoons. The Pulitzers, set up to honour excellence in American journalism have been awarded since 1917. The Washington Post have an interview with Fiore here.

In other US cartoon-related award news, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees have been revealed. Thanks to Alan Gardner at the Daily Cartoonist for the tips.

by Royston

Taking a trip to Grubbe street

April 13, 2010 in General

The Opinions of Tobias Grubbe
BLOGHORN scrivener Mr Matthew BUCK is far too retiring to promote his new endeavour via this organ, lest he appear like Mr Jonathan WOSS endlessly plugging his good lady wife’s new MOTION PICTURE.

Hence, ’tis left to another to tell you about The Opinions of Tobias GRUBBE, by Mr Buck and one Mr Michael CROSS, which you can find on-the-line, as ’twere, at The Guardian news sheet.

‘Tis amusing and not a little TOPICKAL.