Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016

The fourth Herne Bay Cartoon Festival takes place next month. The festival’s flagship live event will be held, as usual, in the Bandstand on the seafront, on Sunday 31 July. More than 20 cartoonists from all over the country will be there to draw big-board cartoons, cartoon murals, caricatures and to host workshops. There will […]

Glenn Marshall takes his seat on the PCO committee

Glenn swots up for his first committee meeting Seeing as cabinet shuffles are all the rage, the PCO has undertaken one of its own. We’re happy to report, however, that our manoeuvres were not politically motivated – and no knives were plunged into backs – as Simon Elinas stepped down voluntarily, his tour of duty […]

New Yorker cartoonist Michael Crawford, 1941-2016

© Michael Crawford So close to the passing of Frank Dickens, the PCO is sad to report the loss of another member of the cartooning family: Michael Crawford. Fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Peter Steiner, commented: “When Michael Crawford died, we lost an interesting and gifted artist”. Another, Joe Dator, said: “Mr. Crawford had an absurd […]

Superheroes to the rescue for News Corporation Australia?

News Corporation’s Australian Headquarters Newspapers cut comics. Newspapers lose readers. Newspapers offer a free comic to win back readers. As champions of the cartooning, illustration and comic book arts, the PCO have, in the past, drawn attention to the false economies perpetrated upon our industry by faceless bean counters in articles such as this. Now […]

Frank Dickens RIP

Frank Dickens © Martin Reidl The PCO is sad to report that Frank Dickens, the creator of the much loved comic strip “Bristow”, has died aged 84. “Bristow” was initially rejected by every national newspaper and first appeared in the regionals. The Evening Standard decided to take it in 1962 and it went on to be […]

On the fringes at Herne Bay

Like any good festival, the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival has a fringe. And his name is Glenn Marshall. He writes: The cartoonists who get exhibitions are the successful, good ones. This exhibition sets to redress the balance. Full of ideas that don’t quite work, drawings that don’t quite look right and text that is completely […]

PCO members on Brexit

Like the rest of the country PCO members were divided on the issue of whether to stay or leave. These cartoons reflect that schism. © Matt Buck © Steve Bright (Brighty) © Terry Anderson © Noel Ford © Pete Dredge © Royston Robertson

Canadian editorial cartoonists’ round table televised debate

Zoomer TV broadcast on political cartooning Via Bado’s Blog A veritable who’s who of Canadian editorial cartoonists gathered to debate the state of political cartooning in their native country. Lending an American perspective to the proceedings were The Economist’s Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) and Ann Telnaes of The Washington Post. Conrad Black – a target of […]

The Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes on political cartooning in the digital age

Ann Telnaes The renowned editorial cartoonist opens her Columbia Journalism Review article with a selection of the brutally visceral responses she received, via social media, following the publication of one cartoon in particular. (Please see below.)   The cartoon that triggered the abuse © Ann Telnaes The vitriolic tsunami suffered by Ann Telnaes post Cruz […]