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Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2011

April 12, 2011 in Events

Here is another selection of cartoon previews from the Personal Bests exhibition, one of the headline events at this year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival which starts on Thursday (April 14).

Personal Bests exhibition cartoon at Bloghorn © Steve Bright

Personal Bests exhibition cartoon at Bloghorn © Steve Bright


Personal Bests exhibition cartoon at Bloghorn © Gerard Whyman

Personal Bests exhibition cartoon at Bloghorn © Gerard Whyman


Personal Bests exhibition cartoon at Bloghorn © Cathy Simpson

Personal Bests exhibition cartoon at Bloghorn © Cathy Simpson


Come back to Bloghorn for coverage of the festival as it happens, or follow the hashtag #shrews11 on Twitter.

Gallery takes cartoon show north

April 11, 2011 in News

Cartoon by Thelwell
The Chris Beetles Gallery of St James’s, London, is taking its collection of cartoons up the A1 to Nunnington Hall, near York, for a selling exhibition entitled Three Centuries of Cartoon Art which opens tomorrow (April 12).

Cartoon art spanning the ages will be on view, starting with Thomas Rowlandson from the 18th century, through 19th century greats such as Tenniel and on to the 20th century, with such big names as Searle, Thelwell, above, and Larry.

Contemporary newspaper cartoonists will also feature, including Peter Brookes, Matt, Christian Adams, Martin Rowson and Mac.
Tony Husband cartoon

Members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, which runs the Bloghorn, feature in the show, including Andy Davey, Martin Honeysett, Tony Husband, above, Ed McLachlan, Royston Robertson, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams.

Tony Husband will open the event, talking about his life in cartooning while illustrating this with spontaneous cartoons. For more details, and to see the full exhibition online, visit the Chris Beetles website

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2011

April 7, 2011 in Events, News

Cartoon previews from the Personal Bests exhibition, one of the headline events at this year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival which opens next week.

Bloghorn_Shrewsbury_Olympics_Cartoon © Nathan Ariss Cartoon

Personal Bests Exhibition at Bloghorn © Nathan Ariss Cartoon


Bloghorn_Shrewsbury_Olympics_Cartoon 2011 © Bill Stott Cartoon

Personal Bests Exhibition at Bloghorn © Bill Stott Cartoon

Personal Bests Exhibition at Bloghorn © The Surreal McCoy

An exhibition of Carl Giles cartoons has also opened at the town museum.

Carl Giles cartoon exhibition at Shrewsbury 2011

Carl Giles cartoon exhibition at Shrewsbury 2011 © Estate of Carl Giles

Cartooning looks to the future

April 6, 2011 in Comment

Matt Bors comic strip excerpt
There’s no doubt that the news media is undergoing something of a traumatic transitional phase, as the move towards digital continues.

But the people who make the cartoons that go with the news appear to have it even worse, particularly in America. As The Economist has noted, those at the forefront of news and comment on the internet, such as The Huffington Post, and Rupert Murdoch’s new venture The Daily, do not appear to believe that cartoons are part of the package.

The magazine has spoken to the cartoonist Matt Bors – see his excerpt from a graphic travelogue covering a trip to Afghanistan, above – to discuss different ways that editorial cartoons can evolve, in an article on the future of cartooning.

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2011

April 4, 2011 in News

We will be publishing artwork submitted for exhibition at this year’s cartoon festival in the run up to the main weekend on April 16th and 17th.

Bloghorn Shrewsbury 2011 Olympics cartoon © Chris Madden cartoon

Bloghorn Shrewsbury 2011 Olympics cartoon © Chris Madden

This year’s events have an Olympian theme and the show Personal Bests will be highlighting some of the cartoonists responses to this challenge.

Bloghorn Shrewsbury 2011 Olympics cartoon © Andy Davey cartoon

Bloghorn Shrewsbury 2011 Olympics cartoon © Andy Davey cartoon

For those local to the town, the show is opening 11th April at the Bear Steps Gallery.

Bloghorn Shrewsbury Olympic cartoon 2011 - Just endorsed it © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Bloghorn Shrewsbury Olympic cartoon 2011 © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons