Leo Baxendale, the master of anarchic comic book fun, dies aged 86

The adjective ‘legendary’, bestowed too cheaply upon too many, finds a truly worthy recipient in the man who brought utter joy to generations of British children with his brilliant creations, Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids. Leo Baxendale’s wonderfully inventive comic strips drew the reader into a world where anything was possible and […]

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival review served up.

  Photo ©Jac Lee Report by Bill Stott: Sadly, I could only attend for the Saturday session because I had to get back for my venerable dog, but it was a cracking day’s cartooning and caricaturing nonetheless. Amazingly, the A49/41 were almost lorry – free and the only real hold-up was courtesy of a nitwit […]

Update on Eaten Fish: CRNI statement

© Eaten Fish The CRNI statement in full: The Manus Regional Processing Centre, Papua New Guinea has been making headlines again in recent weeks: firstly on Good Friday when prolonged gun fire on the camp’s perimeter aimed at detainees’ accommodation was the apparent result of a disagreement with locals over a football match; secondly for […]

“In my country I was threatened because of my works”

  © Syed Meysam Agha Syed Hosseini The Surreal McCoy writes: Syed Meysam Agha Syed Hosseini, Iranian author and caricaturist left his country two years ago. He left because of daily threats and pressures from the Revolutionary Guards and some of Iranian security forces. The reason? Publication of some of his cartoons in well-known journals […]

Tasty fare on offer at this year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival

© Wilbur Dawbarn The 14th Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival theme is ‘Food and Drink’, and cartoonists will be descending upon the picturesque market town to spread fun and laughter wherever they go. On Saturday 22nd April, for example, The Square will be populated by the finest talents these islands can offer. The caricaturists line-up boasts an […]

Meet Clare Pattinson, our new associate member

© Clare Pattinson Clare is a cartoonist, illustrator, automata maker, animator, ceramicist, plumber, harmonica player, and social worker… Drawing cartoons for 40 years, she has scribbled on the insides of hundreds of empty cereal packets, disused crumpled envelopes, concrete pavements and in the condensation of large glass windows. As yet, she hasn’t had volumes of […]

Cartoonists roast Turkey over media crackdown

© Steve Bell Glenn Marshall writes: PCO members join worldwide campaign #FreeTurkeyMedia I always feel my work is being suppressed when I get another bunch of rejections – yet again my strong views on wheelie bins and selfie-sticks are being denied a public forum. But when a cartoonist over here complains about their plight it […]

Cartoon praise always appreciated

As regular readers here will know, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation is always banging on about the benefits of publishers and other businesses using cartoons, it’s our raison d’être. So it’s nice when someone else, unbidden, decides to do the same. The journalist Sophy Buckley interviewed me, as well as the cartoonist Nick Schon, for an article on a […]

PCO and CRNI lead protest for Eaten Fish

L to R: Terry Anderson, Simon Ellinas, Sharky McSharkface, The Surreal McCoy and Glenn Marshall – Photo © The Surreal McCoy The Surreal McCoy reports: Last Thursday was the warmest day of the year which bode well for our protest outside the Australian High Commission in London. Members of the PCO and CRNI, along with […]