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The Round-up

February 10, 2012 in Links


The big story in cartooning this week unfolded in the US, as a large number of editorial cartoonists took issue with The New York Times for soliciting cartoons on-spec (see No!Spec for useful background on this issue).

Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, has denied it is unhappy with comparisons between their hapless inventor character and Labour leader Ed Miliband in cartoons by Times cartoonist Peter Brookes. Responding to press reports that had claimed it was concerned about damage to its brand, Aardman said the cartoons are ‘great fun’. A piece in The Telegraph goes further, suggesting that Miliband should be flattered by the comparison.

When singer-songwriter Ryan Adams banned photography from his latest tour, the St. Louis Riverfront Times sent an illustrator along instead.

In Morocco, an 18-year-old has appeared in court after posting caricatures of King Mohammed VI on Facebook.

Royal Mail has unveiled a new set of Roald Dahl stamps, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

And there’s more on the Cartoon Museum‘s alternative Jubilee show, Her Maj, as curator Anita O’Brien guides Culture24 though the exhibition.

Not to their credit

February 8, 2012 in Comment

Bloghorn’s attention is drawn to an eye-opening story from the United States reported by our colleague cartoonist Mike Lynch.

In line with recent concerns about the business of cartooning it involves unlicensed use of an image in this case by the broadcaster MSNBC. The cartoonist Lian Amaris had one of her images used without permisson or licensing on the broadcaster’s Up with Chris Hayes show.

The broadcaster initially explained use of the image, in this video clip from the show (time stamp 39mins 40secs), as simply “shared on Facebook” and as a “grassroots thing”.

One of the features of the way the US cartoonists highlighted the error, led by Mike Lynch and Tom Tomorrow, was the use of real-time communication via Twitter. This involved direct contact with Chris Hayes the presenter of the show in question. We were pleased to help with this.

You can read Bloghorn on Twitter here.

by Royston

Cartoons for sale

February 7, 2012 in News

“Ask anyone you meet in the street what the most popular feature of The Spectator is, and they will reply in unison, ‘The cartoons, of course’,” says Michael Heath of the magazine.

Of course, he is a cartoonist and the magazine’s cartoon editor, so he would say that … but the Bloghorn agrees heartily!

Following a succesful exhibition at Browse & Darby in London, The Spectator is now selling cartoons online. Originals and prints, framed and mounted, are up for grabs, including work by gag cartoonists from the PCO.

Visit the online exhibition

Cartoon by Denise Dorrance

The Round-up

February 4, 2012 in Links

Martin Rowson and Steve Bell, political cartoonists and members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, will take part in The Guardian news organisation’s Open Weekend next month. Details of their respective events here and here.

Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker, considers the importance of accuracy in gag cartoons.

Staying woth The New Yorker, the US cartoonist Bob Staake, tells Wicked Local Eastham about the process for creating a cover image, his studio environment and embracing digital techniques. Read more here.

Rod Warren is also passing on his skills on to the next generation.

And finally, the Cartoon Museum in London is receiving plenty of good publicity for its new Jubilee exhibition, Her Maj, including this from Sky News. PCO member Simon Ellinas also reports on the private view here.

Her Maj show opens

February 2, 2012 in Comment

Bloghorn can recommend a visit to the Cartoon Museum on behalf of Her Maj. Opening night was packed and once the TV cameras had been dodged it was possible to see some fantastic work on the walls. We’ve featured a little below, from, ahem, our members and we thank the good folk at the museum for their help.

Queen cartoon by Colin Whittock

The Queen in Ireland, Private Eye, 2011 by Colin Whittock

We should also point to yesterday’s episode of Radio 4’s Midweek in which Museum patron Lord Baker discussed the show with Libby Purves, a patron of the PCO. You can listen to it on iPlayer here.

Up the Mall by Steadman

Up The Mall: An Everyday Tale of Royal Folk. Private Eye, 1968, by Ralph Steadman

And with that, Bloghorn defers and retreats to draw the new Royal dog.