Doonesbury hits 40

The first ever Doonesbury, published 26th October 1970 American cartoonist Garry Trudeau has notched up 40 years of drawing his comic strip Doonesbury. The strip first appeared as ‘Bull Tales’ in his student newspaper at Yale University from where it was picked for syndication in the national press. As its popularity grew, rights for its publication […]

A Big Draw first-timer writes

Cartoonist Ben Jennings made his debut in the Big Draw over the weekend and he told Bloghorn about what happened to him there: Since I was lucky enough to have my cartoons appear in The Guardian, I have been overwhelmed with the company I’ve been keeping. I’ve met cartoonists who I had admired the work […]

Scenes from a mall: Big Draw 2010

A burst of British Weather meant that Saturday’s Big Draw events on the South Bank in London had to be swiftly moved, from the open-air space of The Scoop, next to City Hall, to the nearby Hay’s Galleria. The cartoonists’ spirits were not dampened by this turn of events, however, even though the move meant […]

The Big Draw 2010

The 2010 London launch event of the Big Draw starts today and runs into this weekend – the 22nd and 23rd of October. Many members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation will be working there and we’d be delighted to see you. You will find us running free workshops on the craft and skill of cartooning […]

The Dandy relaunches (again)

The Dandy, Britain’s longest running comic, published by DC Thomson, is due to relaunch next week with a new look. Not much has been made public about the makeover, but the current unpopular fortnightly magazine-style incarnation,  Dandy Xtreme, is expected to be ditched in favour of a return to a weekly comic almost entirely composed of […]

Les Gibbard, cartoonist – 1945 to 2010

Some sad news that Leslie Gibbard, long-time cartoonist for The Guardian, the BBC and many more has died. You can read about Les, his life and work at The University of Kent’s cartoon archive, at wikipedia or, in this anthology of his work. Updated: Bear Alley blog has added a tribute here following The Guardian’s obituary.

Grandma returns and Oor Wullie goes

Grandma has returned to Ipswich. The statue of the legendary Giles character was removed earlier this year to make way for a redevelopment of the area, but is now positioned looking up at the window where cartoonist Carl Giles worked as the centrepiece of the newly renamed Giles Circus (as previously reported in Bloghorn). Meanwhile, north […]

Banksy the cartoonist

Bloghorn was pleased to see the artist still known as Banksy has finally admitted he is also a cartoonist, by storyboarding the opening titles for a new episode of the Simpsons. Well done to Matt Groening and The Simpsons production team for bringing him into the light.