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The Round-up

August 31, 2012 in General, Links, News

Edward Lear

Edward Lear is best known for his humorous illustrations and nonsense verse, but his highly-detailed zoological illustrations are the focus for a new exhibition at The Royal Society. Read more here.

With the Paralympic Games now underway, The Beano features Oscar Pistorius as a sporting special guest.

Mark Anderson outlines some of the major markets for a freelance cartoonist and shares some of his own experiences in this blog post. And at a time when protecting copyright seems more important than ever, Japanese artist Shuho Sato is allowing others to use and adapt his manga work without paying royalties.

And finally: a new book, Naked Cartoonists, sees cartoonists such as Sergio Aragonés, Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner, Charles Schulz,  and Scott Adams depicting themselves in the buff. Click here for a preview.

Foghorn and the silly season

August 30, 2012 in Comment, General

Our anthropomorphic chum considers the so-called silly season.

Foghorn and the the silly season_August 18 © Andy Davey @

© Andy Davey @

From Gin Lane to the Information Superhighway…

August 28, 2012 in Comment, General

Cartooning and copyright have a long history together.

Cartoons and copyright © Chris Madden

© Chris Madden

The very first visual copyright law – The Engravers’ Copyright Act of 1734 – was prompted by artist and engraver William Hogarth and his battles with unscrupulous printmakers who made unlicensed copies of his work. Of course, the surplus of supply made his originals, or any licensed prints of them less valuable to him in the marketplace. Cartoonists, singular creatures by nature, are of course also business folk

John Wilkes by William Hogarth @procartoonists

John Wilkes by William Hogarth @procartoonists

Today, while the commercial relationship between copyright and cartooning remains the same, the issues around it seem ever more complicated. Principally because the internet has made it easy to copy and distribute images instantly.

Contemporary cartoonists have tended to protect their work by publishing only small, low resolution versions of  images that would be unsuitable for subsequent printing.

But as the demand for print reproduction itself declines and technology moves on, cartoons will instead be viewed on larger, higher-resolution devices, monitors and retina displays.

These may come to render small images unreadable and blurry perhaps forcing those using digital distribution to load artwork at higher quality resolutions.

Taken in combination with the larger file sizes allowed by broadband download speeds it may soon be hard to protect the use of what used to be known as ‘print resolution artwork’.

There is some evidence to this assertion in a story we noted recently. Read – Does my cartoon look big in this?

So, what should a cartoonist do? Watch this space in the coming weeks.


An invitation from

August 27, 2012 in Comment, General, News

UK Professional Cartoonists'

© Nathan Ariss @

Following the learned article in the New Statesman magazine pondering the future of cartooning, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation would like to invite the title to follow a suggestion from its companion in current affairs, The Spectator.

We note that inside the edition the New Statesman is asking its readers whether this is something they would like, and we would encourage all to vote yes. Doing so both early and often.

Then we can all look forward to many more happy years of work together, whether our sales are made for pixels, for print or both. Our thanks to Nathan Ariss for the invitation cartoon above. You can find him in our portfolios alongside many others.

The Round-up

August 24, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Martin Rowson for The New Statesman @ procartoonists

After The New Statesman published this cover story in its current edition, The Spectator has responded by calling on the NS to publish more cartoons. Not a bad idea, if we say so ourselves…

Comics expert Paul Gravett interviews illustrator and picture-book author Shaun Tan over on his blog. As prevously mentioned, Tan will be in conversation with Quentin Blake at a Comica event this Monday, for which tickets have sold out.

Following the announcement that The Dandy is to cease printing in December, Charlie Brooker argues that the move to online-only is only natural – and also writes about his own early experiences as a cartoonist. Read the piece here. Elsewhere, Dandy regular Jamie Smart calls on other artists and comic fans to work together for the benefit of the medium. Read his views on the direction comics should take here.

Forbidden Planet has a sneak peak of Hunt Emerson‘s new adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, due out in October.

And finally, just to disprove all those people who think that capturing a likeness is easy…

Foggy gets syndicated

August 23, 2012 in Comment, General

Foghorn_August 11© Andy Davey @

© Andy Davey @

Our anthropomorphic friend pleads on behalf of the UK’s manufacturers of off and on colour jokes.

Foghorn gets hip to the jive

August 23, 2012 in Comment, General

Foghorn_August 04 © Andy Davey

Foghorn_August 04 © Andy Davey

Foghorn acts as the anthropomorphic agent to the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation and we, er, endorse this message.

by Royston

Cartoonists on the road

August 22, 2012 in General, Links, News

Martin Rowson at the Edinburgh Book Festival

Martin Rowson at the Edinburgh Book Festival @

Sometimes cartoonists have to get out of their squalid garrets and get out on the road.

So Martin Rowson, political cartoonist and member, has been telling the world about his work, most notably new graphic novel take on Gulliver’s Travels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Forbidden Planet has a report.

Meanwhile, the US cartoonist Rob Rogers is proposing a new way to make sure he can cover the Republican and Democrat National conventions on the ground, rather than being stuck at his drawing board.

T-shirt design by Rob Rogers

T-shirt design by Rob Rogers @

To see how he plans to do this, watch his Cartoon Delegate video.

The Round-up

August 19, 2012 in General, Links, News

© DC Thomson

The Dandy has received a huge amount of media interest since our post earlier this week about the comic’s struggle for survival, and sadly it has now been announced the last print edition will be published in December.

Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has paid tribute to the comic, and the Dandy cartoonists Jamie Smart, Lew Stringer and member Alexander Matthews have all said their piece in support of the comic, which will continue online. In a report for the BBC, Anita O’Brien, curator at The Cartoon Museum in London, points out that this does not signal the demise of comics as a format.

In happier Dandy-related news, publisher DC Thomson has teamed up with the University of Dundee to launch a competition asking cartoonists to revamp one of the comic’s old characters. Read more here.

Cartoonist Joe Sacco talks about the inevitable impact of subjectivity and morality on his war reportage, while a thought-provoking article considers the importance of truth and honesty in autobiographical comics.

Finally, Matt Pritchett, the celebrated pocket cartoonist for The Telegraph, tells the paper about how his experience of the housing market has inspired some of his pithiest cartoons.

Foggy and the n-Dimensional manifold

August 16, 2012 in Comment, General

Our anthropomorphic Foghorn has returned from his holiday and he’s got issues with the mutability of time.

Foghorn for July 28 2012 © Andy Davey @

© Andy Davey @