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by Jonesy

Awards Success for PCO Members

November 26, 2015 in General

Seven PCO members are in the running for the Political Cartoon of the Year Awards 2015

Andy Davey, Martin Rowson, Matthew Buck, Mike Turner, Steve Bell, Steve Bright and Steve Jones (Jonesy) are all in the hat for this prestigious award. Sponsored by Ellwood Atfield, this annual event is a celebration of UK national paper cartoons.

All of the shortlisted cartoons can be voted for here.

International Salon of Anti War Cartoons “Kragujevac 2015″

The Serbian city of Kragujevac commemorates its suffering in times of war by holding an international cartoon awards festival that promotes peace.

292 artists from 55 countries submitted 793 cartoons for this year’s event and PCO member Steve Jones (Jonesy) was one of five cartoonists to be awarded a Diploma of Salon.

Jonesy’s cartoon, “boy soldiers”, was chosen by a jury comprising three previous winners and Metin Peker, president of the prestigious cartoon association.

More of the winners (and Steve’s cartoon) can be seen here.

by Jonesy

PCO Appeal to Algerian Ambassador for Release of Cartoonist Tahar Djehiche

November 24, 2015 in General


The following letter was sent this morning to the Algerian Ambassador:

Your Excellency,

I would like to take the opportunity to call your attention to the case of Mr. Tahar Djehiche, an Algerian citizen and cartoonist, who is detained in your country. He is the subject of concern for myself and my colleagues at the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation as he has been convicted on appeal by a court in Lemghir, El-Oued and sentenced to six months imprisonment with a fine of 500,000 dinars. He had already been acquitted earlier this year in May on the charges of insulting President Bouteflika and inciting a riot through the drawing of a cartoon showing the President at the bottom of an hourglass, buried in the sand. We at the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation feel that he was simply attempting to show the environmental challenges linked to shale gas production and therefore respectfully ask that Algeria’s highest court show leniency towards Djehiche and release him immediately.

I, and those UK cartoonists who share my concern, would be gratified by a reply from you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Stott,

PCO Chairman

More information about Tahar Djehiche’s plight can be found here on the CRNI site.

by Jonesy

PCO Profile: Kate Taylor

November 22, 2015 in General


Kate is a cartoonist and illustrator who creates strip and single panel cartoons and illustrations for a wide variety of clients across the media.


Her work has featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, books, on calendars, greetings cards and has been animated for television.

Kate often works to tight deadlines and enjoys jobs which have a rapid turnaround rate.


More of Kate Taylor’s work can be viewed here.

by Jonesy

First They Came for The Cartoonists…

November 18, 2015 in General


An opinion piece in The Guardian argues that the latest terrorist atrocity in Paris shows how wrong were those who suggested the cartoonists might have ‘provoked’ their own murder.

You can read the article here on The Guardian website.

Thanks to Matthew Buck.


by Jonesy

French Cartoonist Jean Jullien on Creation of “Symbol of Peace for Paris”

November 15, 2015 in General


“In all this horror there’s something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace.”

Via @CRNetInt and Time website

Jean Jullien had just begun his vacation when he heard on the radio about the terrorist attacks in his native France. “I express myself visually, so my first reaction was to draw a symbol of peace for Paris,” he said.

The result has quickly become a unifying symbol for people in France and beyond.

“I can’t say I’m happy because it’s such a tragedy and such a horrible event,” he says. “I can just say that in all this horror there’s something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace.”

Read more here in this Time article.

by Jonesy

New Yorker Cartoons Documentary is only Very Semi-Serious

November 15, 2015 in General

“Very Semi-Serious” goes behind the scenes of the New Yorker

The documentary introduces the past, present and future generations of cartoonists who create the gag cartoons that have inspired, baffled and occasionally irritated readers for decades. (Seinfeld famously devoted an entire episode to the divisive effect of the more ‘obscure’ strain of New Yorker cartoon.)

“Very Semi-Serious was launched at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be on general release in the United States from 20.11.15 11.20.15 or, if you prefer, 11.20.15…

You can read more about it here on the maker’s website and view a trailer here on the same site.




by Jonesy

Anti Cyberbullying Cartoon Strip Competition

November 15, 2015 in General



In another example of cartooning’s ability to attract and involve the public in helping worthwhile causes, Internet Matters are inviting children to create a comic strip and beat cyberbullying.

This competition gives parents and teachers the chance to encourage children to get creative and think about what steps they would take to stand up to cyberbullying. They could also be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes for their school.

The ‘Create a comic strip to beat cyberbullying’ competition is open to all young people living in the UK in primary and secondary schools.

The winners will be selected by a judging panel and a public vote from 14th to 28th December 2015.

The winners will be announced 19 January 2016.

More details are available here on the Internet Matters website.

With thanks to Terry Anderson.


by Jonesy

New Creative Space for Comic Artists Launched in Dundee

November 8, 2015 in General


The admirable aim of this scheme is to provide educational workshops and creative opportunities for various age groups and to encourage creative learning through comics.

To find out more visit the website here.

by Jonesy

Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Mounts Constitutional Challenge to Sedition Act

November 8, 2015 in General


Following his “Cartoon-O-Phobia London Tour” (organised by SUARAM International, Global Net, Amnesty UK, Southeast Asian Arts Festival and Index on Censorship), Zunar has returned to Malaysia to face charges of sedition.

The cartoonist hoped the tour would create awareness on the real state of affairs and the serious limitations that exist in Malaysia where freedom of expression, freedom of the media and human rights are concerned.

Now, in a surprise turn, the Malaysian cartoonist and his lawyers have applied to the country’s high court to consider whether the Sedition Act is constitutional.

You can find more information on Zunar’s case on the X index site.


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University of Cambridge Exhibition Looks at British Artists’ Use of Humour

November 8, 2015 in General


‘Cradled in caricature: visual humour in satirical prints and drawings’

The exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum examines the methods used by British artists from James Gillray to Glen Baxter to amuse and entertain. Works in the show are drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s collection with key loans from Andrew Edmunds and Benjamin Lemer.

Open to view since October, the exhibition will run until the end of January, 2016.

More details are available here on the University website.