This Sunday (September 30) at 2pm, seven teams of Britain’s best cartoonists will gather in The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum in The Battle of The Cartoonists.
Half an hour before the start of play, the teams – The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun, Private Eye (Hoorah!), Big Girls Drawers, Reader’s Digest and Procartoonists.org – will each be allotted one of Raphael’s seven massive cartoons hanging on the walls to inspire them, and will draw something connected with it (or maybe not) on a great big banner.
Two and a half hours later, the completed (or maybe not) banners will be shown to the assembled throng, and the winner will be the one that gets the most applause.
Light-hearted stuff, you say? Think again! Previous years have seen skullduggery, blatant cheating, tantrums, verbal and physical assaults, kidnapping and arson as passions run high and the ink runs like blood.
Members of the Royal family, top politicians, celebrities and foreign dignitaries are all people who might well be there – so make sure you arrive early!
Editor adds: Our thanks to Andrew for writing the above.
Event site: The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum – The Battle of The Cartoonists.
Organisers and friends of Procartoonists.org: The Campaign for Drawing
Reading: What WAS a cartoon