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Personal Bests: The Olympic Flame

July 31, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests cartoon © Rosie Brooks @

"They called him the Olympic Flame because he never, ever went out" © Rosie Brooks @

You can enjoy more of the Personal Bests exhibition from the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival here on the blog for the duration of the Games – or explore more terrific work inside our membership portfolios (the best for the season at anytime).

Personal Bests: Crazy Horse

July 30, 2012 in General, News

Crazy Horse Personal Bests cartoonLondon 2012 Gymnastics and three day eventing © Matthew Buck hack Cartoons @

© Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons @

After qualifying for the final for the first time in almost 100 years, the moment has arrived for Lewis Smith and the British gymnasts – it coincides with the Cross-country bit of the Three Day Eventing currently on in Greenwich Park.

Personal Bests: On the road

July 30, 2012 in General, News

Cycling cartoon by Royston Robertson

© Royston Robertson @

Speed cameras are probably less of a problem for cycling road races in Britain than the rain, but that didn’t hold back the British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead. This cartoon, by Royston Robertson, is part of the Personal Bests exhibition, originally seen at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, which we’ll be showcasing throughout the 2012 Olympics. Browse the portfolios for more great work by these cartoonists.

The Round-up

July 27, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Tom Humberstone

As the 2012 Olympics get under way here in the UK, a piece of comics journalism by the cartoonist Tom Humberstone considers the negative impact that an event of this size can have on the host nation. Read the strip here.

New Olympics-themed works by Banksy have presented the London authorities with a dilemma. Meanwhile, The New Yorker offers a slideshow of its best Olympics gags.

Sticking with The New Yorker, a three-part blog entry by the cartoon editor Bob Mankoff takes a look back at a classic episode of Seinfeld – in which the characters struggle to “get” the magazine’s cartoons – to consider what’s funny and why. Read part one, part two and part three.

Terry Gilliam‘s daughter Holly is archiving her father’s work online, and has already unearthed some visual gems. Take a look here, and revisit for more treats as they are added.

As ever, please post any comments below.

© John Roberts @

Personal Bests: Olympics 2012

July 27, 2012 in General, News

In the spirit of breaking the rules where possible we’ll start with something that isn’t from the exhibition at all. Our thanks to the cartoonist George Licurici, from Romania, for a charming view about the start of the events from well beyond these shores.

London 2012 cartoon © George Licurici for

© George Licurici for

And, delayed only briefly, we are pleased to start a virtual exhibition: Personal Bests. Enjoy this first post below by Clive Goddard and look out for regular updates throughout the sixteen days of the Games.

Olympics Cartoon Personal Bests @

© Clive Goddard @

Today’s Personal Bests cartoon was originally shown at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. Browse the portfolios for more great work by the exhibition cartoonists.

Personal Bests: Olympics in cartoons

July 25, 2012 in General, News

The London Olympics are here and throughout the event we will be giving you the cartoons from Personal Bests, the main exhibition from the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival of 2011, which had the sporting theme. Olympics 2012 Personal Bests Cartoons. All artwork is © of the named artist

Shown at UK Professional Cartoonists' Organisation:

The selling exhibition was a popular hit and the cartoons have been in a travelling exhibition since. We’ll be posting regular sporting laughs here during the course of the games,  starting this Friday.

And of course, you can see more great work by the cartoonists who showed at  the exhibition in our portfolios.

If you are Oldie enough …

July 24, 2012 in Events, General, News

© Martin Honeysett @

UK logoMartin Honeysett writes with news of a London social occasion:

The Oldie magazine 20th anniversary party at Simpsons on the Strand was the ideal moment to present to editor Richard Ingrams a PCO award commemorating his services to cartooning for the past fifty years.

The award was gratefully received by the editor who then duly sang the praises of cartoonists and their work in his following speech (pictured).

Sadly, only a smattering of cartoonists had been invited. Setting up camp in a corner by the bar they included Sally Artz, Nick Baker, Bob Wilson, Arthur Robins and PCO members Nick Newman and Huw Aaron. The latter aroused much interest amongst the female element of the surrounding throng by being at least half the age of everyone else there.

Huw had also been instrumental in organising the award itself, tastefully designed, inscribed and eerily looking like a maquette of the recently opened London Shard.

Our thanks to the PR agency, AM&T – All Mouth & Trousers – recently appointed by the PCO at great expense and represented by Mr Honeysett.

Exhibition is animal magic

July 22, 2012 in Events, News

Animal crackers cartoon by Royston

Animal Crackers cartoon by Royston Robertson @

The exhibition Animal Crackers: A Cartoon and Comic Bestiary is at the Cartoon Museum in London from this Wednesday (July 25).

It looks at how animals have inspired all kinds of cartoonists across the ages, whether they are working in comics, political cartooning, magazine gag cartoons, newspaper strips or animation.

The show promises something for everyone with more than 140 cartoons, caricatures, comics and graphic novel pages by more than 60 artists. From political images, such as the Russian bear and the City fat cat, to Wallace and Gromit and The Bunny Suicides, all anthropomorphic animal life is here.

Some cartoons suggest how much animals are just like us, such as King Louie of The Jungle Book, or Fred Basset. Others, such as Simon Tofield’s Simon’s Cat and Norman Thelwell’s lovable ponies, highlight our pets’ irritating or endearing habits.

Animal Crackers cartoon by Nick Newman

Animal Crackers cartoon by Nick Newman

Animal Crackers includes works by major names from past and present, including Leo Baxendale, Simon Bond, Peter Brookes, Dave Brown, David Low, Mac, Matt, Chris Riddell, Ronald Searle, John Tenniel, Trog, Dudley D. Watkins and Gahan Wilson.

There’s a healthy showing of members, with Nathan Ariss, Ian Baker, Steve Bell, Andrew Birch, Andy Davey, Hunt Emerson, Jacky Fleming, Martin Honeysett, John Jensen, Nick Newman, right, Ken Pyne, Royston Robertson, above, Martin Rowson, Ralph Steadman, the Surreal McCoy, Colin Whittock, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams.

The exhibition runs until October 21. The Cartoon Museum is in Little Russell Street, near the British Museum. For further details, visit

Foghorn makes things safe

July 19, 2012 in Comment, General

In which our anthropomorphic friend shows G4S how security should be delivered. Please discuss in the comments.

Foghorn_July 21 © Andy Davey @

© Andy Davey @

The cartoonist and the twits

July 17, 2012 in Comment, General

Our man Bill Stott reports:

Well, I tried. Caved in to peer pressure and signed up to Twitter. Did the same with Facebook years ago. Finally managed to un-Facebook myself a while back. At least, I think I did. You can never tell with these things. Joining’s easy. Leaving’s a lot more complicated. A bit like marriage.

So I’m not about to find out how to LEAVE Twitter. I’m just not going to tweet and watch it wither on the vine. Better still, I’m not even going to watch it. Yes, yes, I know that this might be dangerous and that when the revolution explodes I’ll be the only one in our street wondering whose tanks are rolling across next door’s lawn and why my hair is on fire.

Cartoon Twitter © Bill Stott @Procartoonists.orgNo Facebook? No Twitter? How can this be? Am I a monk of austere order? Am I a berk with nothing to say? No, and most of the latter appear to be on Facebook or Twitter anyway. And austere monks? I have no idea what they do with their thumbs.

Let me explain: I have a mobile phone, a humble little grey thing – almost a collector’s item now. Only three people know my number. Why have I got it? It’s in case my car breaks down or some other emergency. What it’s NOT for is “chat”. I do not check it every five minutes to see if anybody’s tried to tell me something underwhelming. I do not feel the need to blunder through shopping malls, head down, thumbs blurring, texting somebody about being in a shopping mall.

And so it was with Twitter. I did actually tweet three or four times. Admittedly, the first one was to say that I thought Twitter was crap and what a pain it was going to be – checking to see if anybody had tweeted back. They didn’t. People like me are beyond the social-network pale. We (I really hope there are others out there) hate the idea of being instantly accessible. We are irritated by tweeters who call themselves “Red Necco” or “Juli”. Its JulIE, OK? Not Judi, or Nikki, or Debbi. And its “gossip”, not “goss”, right?

Come the day my PC can accurately classify incoming tweets as Important, Moderately Important, Mildly Interesting or Vapid, I might take part again (the world will be relieved to know). Until then I shall remain mildly interested in the extreme level of banality achieved in 140 characters.

I like emails. They’re like writing letters. Remember them? When you had to actually WRITE? When you used at least three digits to hold the pen, and a whole handful more to keep the paper from sliding about? OK, my emailing’s of the one finger variety, but I’m not limited to the silly 140-character tweet rule. I can rant on and on, despite knowing full well that the recipient will immediately identify the sender, think, “Oh, its him!” and press “DELETE”

Tea and sympathy or well-meaning advice can be offered to Bill here. You can follow the rest of us, should you be so minded, here.