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by Jonesy

Political Cartoon Gallery Opens

October 30, 2015 in General


Representatives of the PCO attended the opening of the Political Cartoon Gallery and cafe in London last week.

Tim Benson has found a new and permanent home for the gallery south of the river and this event was also used to launch the book “Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2015”.


In attendance were John Major, Paddy Ashdown, Giles Brandreth and Diane Abbot amongst others…well, sort of. (They arrived via the former Spitting Image vocal cartoonist Alistair McGowan who opened the event.)

The building itself has pedigree: James Gilray Jr, son of James Gilray, was born there.


by Jonesy

The Film of The Book (Launch)

October 30, 2015 in General


PCO member Chris Cairn’s new book “Welcome to Cairnstoon” (mentioned in an earlier Blog article) was launched in Glasgow at the Leiper Art Gallery.

The event was filmed for posterity and this excellent video is the result.



by Jonesy

Comic Strips Used in Fight Against Sexual Harassment on Cairo Metro

October 30, 2015 in General


Poster campaign draws attention to worsening treatment of women

According to the UN, 99.3% of women in Egypt are victims of sexual harassment, with 91% saying they feel insecure in the streets as a result. As it stands Egyptian law doesn’t help; the crime isn’t clearly defined, making prosecuting difficult and often resulting in women being blamed for the harassment they’ve suffered.

The posters, created by artist Ahmed Nady to highlight this problem, depict the challenges women face on a daily basis. Abdel Fattah al-Sharkawy, co-founder of Imprint, the non-profit making organisation behind the campaign, decided to work with comic strips because “they’re catchy and colourful, drawing people of all ages in to explore the stories they tell.”

The work can be seen in this Guardian article.

Cartoon festival organisers: “Can you spare a tenner?”

October 21, 2015 in General

The organisers of the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival are turning to the internet to help pay for next summer’s event, using a unique form of crowdfunding where the government matches every tenner donated.

A collaborative effort on a big board at Herne Bay. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

A collaborative effort on a big board at Herne Bay. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Bayguide, which has staged three successful cartoon events in the Kent seaside town, has set up a page on the Local Giving website and that is part of Grow Your Tenner 2015.

Sue Austen of Bayguide  told us: “We’ve booked the galleries and hope to add more new workshops and events in 2016.  But to deliver the festival and other great events and activities in Herne Bay we need to raise some cash.”

She said that Bayguide is asking the simple question “Can you spare a tenner?”

“If so, not only will we be really grateful, but the lovely people in the Cabinet Office will match it with another £10. It’s a simple and really effective way for you to help.

Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay) © David Cross

Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay), a watercolour © David Cross. Click image to enlarge

“For one month only – or until the cash runs out – all £10 donations made to Bayguide and other good causes through the Local Giving site will be doubled.  And if you are a UK taxpayer and tick the gift aid box, there’s a bit more added.  So your £10 becomes £20 or £21.67 with gift aid added.

“You can donate as much as you like but only £10 will be added — so if you want to help us more it’s better to get a friend to give another £10 than give us £20 yourself. If you are inclined to donate please do it now before the money runs out.”

All those donating must do so through Bayguide’s Local Giving page. The direct link is:

by Jonesy

Rare Tintin Drawing Fetches $1.2m in Hong Kong Auction

October 20, 2015 in General


An illustration of the comic book character has sold for 9.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($1.2m)

The drawing (which is not the one featured above) is from the Belgian cartoonist Herge’s book The Blue Lotus.

The work was the only original from the book still in private hands, and had been bought by an Asian collector.

The illustration can be seen in this BBC article.

by Jonesy

PCO Profile: Tony Fernandes

October 18, 2015 in General


Self taught artist Tony Fernandes began drawing and painting at an early age. The works of the C20th’s greatest cartoonist Picasso, along with Gillray, Rowlandson, Giles, Cruikshank, Andre Francois and Goya captured and fuelled his imagination.

His first published work appeared on television at the age of 10 when he sent in jokes and cartoons to the Saturday morning children’s shows and his work has been generally used in advertising and even by the Medical Research Council.


Tony has established himself as a unique cartoonist influenced by the great satirical draughtsmen of the C18th and C19th – his cartoons are filled with such joy, great humour, insight and wit but there is always a sense of compassion about the characters in their silliness and in the ridiculous absurdity of everyday life.


More of Tony Fernandes’ work can be viewed here.

by Jonesy

Memories Are Made of This: Robert Crumb Interview

October 18, 2015 in General


The American cartoonist Robert Crumb

Leaving his wife and a job in Cleveland, Robert Crumb headed for the heart of 60s hippy culture, Haight-Ashbury, and a new life of sex and drugs and cartooning.

Currently living in self imposed exile in the South of France, the notorious cartoonist gives a frank account of his work and life; topics covered in this “lurid” interview include sex, America, misogyny and art.

Observer interview ‘Robert Crumb Hates You’ can be read here.

by Jonesy

David Killen, “The Cartoonist’s Cartoon Editor”

October 15, 2015 in General


David Killen at the PCO presentation

The recently retired Prospect Magazine Cartoon Editor was presented with an award by the PCO Chairman Bill Stott at a small but perfectly formed ceremony in London. The inscribed glass memento was proffered on behalf of the PCO membership, reflecting their thanks for David’s outstanding contribution to cartooning.

In his eight years as Cartoon Editor at Prospect David proved to be a champion of quality cartooning, all the while managing to be unfailingly polite and always providing prompt acknowledgement of receipt of submissions. David was equally swift in informing contributors whether their work had been accepted or rejected, traits that are greatly appreciated by cartoonists.


The PCO Chairman Bill Stott (above right) presents David with his award

David’s has earned the respect of cartoonists everywhere and the PCO were delighted to recognise his efforts with this presentation.

We wish David a long and happy retirement in Italy, his newly adopted homeland.


The aptly inscribed memento


by Jonesy

Ralph Steadman Interview

October 13, 2015 in General


Science Book a Day’s quick fire session with the renowned cartoonist focuses on his new, joint venture “Nextinction”.

The interview touches on how the book came about and the thinking and work processes that brought it to fruition.

Readers will be delighted to note he has a new book in the pipeline too.

Read the interview here.

by Jonesy

Further Indignities Inflicted upon Artena Farghadani

October 12, 2015 in General


According to Amnesty International the imprisoned Iranian cartoonist has been subjected to a forced virginity test.

“It is shocking that on top of imposing a ludicrous charge on Atena Farghadani for the ‘crime’ of shaking hands with her lawyer, the Iranian authorities have forced her to undergo a ‘virginity and pregnancy test’,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

“In doing so, the Iranian judicial authorities have truly reached an outrageous low, seeking to exploit the stigma attached to sexual and gender-based violence in order to intimidate, punish or harass her.”

More on these disturbing developments can be found in this Amnesty International press release.