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by Jonesy

Mad Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond interviewed for TV

January 30, 2016 in General

Tom Richmond

In this short but engaging film Tom Richmond demonstrates his skills as a master craftsman whilst reflecting upon the early influences and events that shaped his career, including a scrape with a teacher which was turned to his advantage.

Caricaturing is the main focus here (Tom has written a book about it) as he discusses and demonstrates his working methods which, typically, lead to wonderful results like the James Bond gallery shown below.


The film can be viewed on the The Daily Cartoonist website.

You can also see more of the American humorous illustrator, cartoonist and caricaturist’s work on his own website

by Jonesy

Farghadani and Zunar updates

January 29, 2016 in General


Atena Farghadani’s lawyer says that the charges of “indecent conduct” and “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery” — which were brought against her after she shook hands with her lawyer during a prison consultation — have been dropped.

There is now a 20 day window during which the Iranian prosecutors could petition another appeal court to reject the judgment.

Terry Anderson told the Blog: “CRNI want to make a further push regarding Atena Farghadani’s case while Iran’s leaders are still in the spotlight. Her lawyer and father have been in touch recently with ideas on what they think will have the most positive effect.”

Find out more about the Atena Farghadani case on the CRNI website.

Meanwhile Zunar’s trial on his nine-sedition charges has again been postponed to March 9 by the Sessions Court.
The postponement was due to the pending decision by the High Court on the constitutionality of the Sedition Act by lawyer N. Surendran who filed an application on October 15, 2014.

More information can be found here on Zunar’s website.

Thanks to Terry Anderson.





by Jonesy

Like bees to Honeysett

January 25, 2016 in General

Words and pictures by Kasia Kowalska
The first anniversary of Martin Honeysett’s untimely death on 21 January 2015 was marked at The Cartoon Museum in Little Russell Street with the opening of a retrospective exhibition of his cartoons and illustrations.
It opened to a full house, attended by the family, friends and admirers of the great artist and over 30 fellow cartoonists, including PCO members John Jensen, Martin Rowson, Cathy Simpson, Simon Ellinas, Dave Brown, Jeremy Banx, Rupert Besley, Andy Davey, Royston Robertson and Glenn Marshall.
The exhibition, “A Taste Of Honeysett”, presents the much-missed man as the cartoonist’s cartoonist. People in the cartooning community often refer to him as a giant of British cartooning. He is fondly remembered for his unique, spidery line and dark, acerbic wit which has entertained many for over forty years.
Martin Honeysett contributed to a great many publications during his long career including Punch, The New Statesman, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Radio Times and, of course, Private Eye and The Oldie.
And so it was that the exhibition was opened by the co-founder of Private Eye and former editor of The Oldie, Richard Ingrams, who delivered a deeply touching speech about the cartoonist. He recalled an often-quoted anecdote that when asked why he drew his characters in such an unflattering way, Honeysett replied: “But that’s exactly the way they look!”
The exhibition was also attended by Michael Palin for whom Martin Honeysett illustrated Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls
and Dr. Fegg’s Encyclopaedia of All World Knowledge. He recalled how Terry Jones came across the cartoonist at a Punch party and
was very excited about getting him involved in the project. The only thing was, Honeysett never met the Python at the party. In fact, Terry Jones met a complely different cartoonist whose name remains a mystery…
The exhibition runs from 20th January to 16th April 2016. There is an accompanying catalogue (with contributions by Ian Hislop and Richard Ingrams) available from The Cartoon Museum Shop.

by Jonesy

‘Ronald Searle’s America’ – new book out now

January 18, 2016 in General

Lovers of the great man’s work (and there are many) will be delighted to learn that a new book containing Searle’s observations on all things Stateside has just been published by Fantagraphics.
Lavishly produced, this tome does not come cheap. However it does contain illustrations in Searle’s “trademark satirical and matchlessly virtuosic style” – and many of them have been virtually unseen since the 1960s. Edited by the passionate Searle scholar Matt Jones, whose Perpetua: Ronald Searle Tribute website has become the foremost resource for Searle fans, the book also features a running commentary by Searle himself (as well as his wife Kaye Webb).
Thanks to Glenn Marshall.

by Jonesy

Andrew Birch – as seen on TV

January 18, 2016 in General


Not content with seeing his brilliant cartoons appear in magazines and newspapers, Andrew has his sights set on producing comedy gold for a different medium: TV channel Gold, to be precise.

The PCO member’s wonderful Oldie cartoon strip, The Rebel, is now being turned into a TV series. The sitcom follows the adventures of an anarchic pensioner, Henry Palmer, played by Simon Callow.

The actor says: “The Rebel is a wildly funny, edgy and sometimes rather searing new sitcom which could hardly be more now. Henry is very, very angry, and he has much to be angry about: essentially everything in the world around him. He sees himself as a fearless exposer of cant and folly.”

The three-part series will be filmed and broadcast later this year.

You can read more about it on the British Comedy Guide website.

by Jonesy

Satire returns to Myanmar

January 12, 2016 in General


Last November’s elections in Myanmar saw authoritarian military rule brought to an end by a landmark victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party.

What was recently unthinkable is now evidently doable as freedom of speech returns in the the land also known as Burma. Satire is enjoying a renaissance, with cartoonists like Maung Maung Aung (pictured above) once again happily doing what they do best: skewering politicians.

You can read more about this happy state of affairs on the Bangkok Post website and Mizzima, a Myanmar news website.

Thanks to The Surreal McCoy for picking up this story.



by Jonesy

Any Questions? Jeremy Banx has the answers…

January 10, 2016 in General

Jeremy Banx at work. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Jeremy Banx at work. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Financial Times cartoonist and PCO member Jeremy Banx joined host Jonathan Dimbleby on BBC Radio 4 political programme ‘Any Questions?’ last Friday night.

Recorded in St. Mary’s Church in Caterham, Surrey, but focussing on secular topics such as flooding and the new alcohol consumption guidelines, Jeremy more than holds his own in the company of politicians Heidi Alexander MP and Penny Mordaunt MP, along with the editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson.

Readers who have missed the broadcast and wish to tune in to the debate can do so here.


by Jonesy

Charlie Hebdo anniversary debate in Scottish Parliament

January 8, 2016 in General

The Scottish Parliament has marked the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in Paris.

French-born MSP Christian Allard proposed the motion that the parliament “reflect on the events that took place in Paris on 7 January 2015 at the Charlie Hebdo offices; remember the journalists, the police officer and others who fell victim to the attack; recognise the tragedy as an attack on the right of free speech” and further suggested that henceforth the date be designated a Cartoonists Day, an occasion when rather than dwelling upon the violent act of terrorists we remember the importance of humour, satire and tolerance of dissenting opinion as hallmarks of a healthy democratic society. Representatives from the SNP, Labour and Conservative parties spoke as well as Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe & External Affairs who responded on behalf of the Scottish Government. The debate was live streamed and the video can be found here.
The official transcript can be read here.

ScotParl Jan 7 2016

Pictured: Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe & External Affairs, Terry Anderson and Christian Allard MSP

Immediately afterward the Cross-Party Group on France met and PCO member Terry Anderson led a discussion on the wider trend of persecution of cartoonists around the world in 2015.

The Cabinet Secretary was again in attendance. This was an excellent opportunity to highlight the plight of colleagues harassed, prosecuted or imprisoned around the world, most especially Atena Farghadani, the recipient of CRNI’s Courage in Cartooning Award and whose release is the organisation’s top priority.  Minutes from the meeting will be made available in due course via the CPG’s page on the Scottish Parliament website:

Later in the day, Terry spoke to BBC radio’s Newsdrive about the event (from 01:19:40) and you can listen here.
And Christian Allard appeared on BBC television’s Scotland 2016 (from 11:00): view here.


by Jonesy

Men Only?

January 7, 2016 in General


When the Angoulême International Comics Festival announced 30 nominees for The Grand Prix, its lifetime achievement award, not one woman appeared on the list.

After the announcement of the nominees, European advocacy group BD Égalité called for a boycott of the 2016 event and twelve of the men nominated for the award have subsequently withdrawn their names in support of the boycott.

In response, the Grand Prix has added two women to its lineup: Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds. However their change of heart has been soured by a rather petty statement pointing out that these two women “received very few votes and came in last.”

You can read more about this embarrassing affair on The Mary Sue website and Jabberworks, Sarah McIntyre’s Live Journal.


by Jonesy

Tim Harries is the talk of the town

January 5, 2016 in General

On Tuesday 12 January the lucky people of Newport will be entertained by the PCO’s very own Tim Harries.

An evening of fun and laughter is guaranteed and there will also be the opportunity to chat with Tim and see some of his original artwork.

Tim enjoys a successful cartooning career in which he has drawn for an international clientele, national newspapers, Punch, New Statesman, Reader’s Digest, Saga Magazine and many others.

During eighteen years of drawing ‘Never Say Dai’ Tim has given the people of Newport a humorous reflection of local news and culture. Here’s a chance to hear about the strip from the man behind the drawing board and learn about his life and work as a cartoonist.
Organised by the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery.
Location: Newport Museum & Art Gallery
Dates & Times: Tuesday 12 January 2016, Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.
Price: Admission free to members, £2 for non-members.