The Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival comes to an end

Big Boards in the town square 2006. Photo © Roger Penwill. Roger Penwill writes: The old maxim that all good things come to an end has become true for the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival. The sad and untimely loss of two key organisers just prior to the pandemic, Covid putting it’s oar in to disrupt planning […]

Raise Three Fingers for Myanmar at St Just Cartoon Festival

Our ‘Raise Fingers for Myanmar’ exhibition was recently shown at Saint-Just-le-Martel cartoon festival in France. This was coordinated by PCO Overseas committee member The Surreal McCoy. Cartoonist Rights Network International (CRNI) Executive Director and PCO Member Terry Anderson kindly sent photos of the displays. The exhibition poster Procartoonists Chairperson Clive Goddard wrote the following on the […]

How did you get started in cartooning?

The latest ‘Cartoonist Q&A’ video by PCO Chair-human Clive Goddard is now up on PCO TV for your consumption but ‘just for a bit o fun’ before watching, how many of the above cartoonists can you identify from their archive photos? (ok it’s a bit easier with those youngsters) Clive’s excellent previous ‘Cartoonist Q&A’ interviews are […]

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2022 – Pier Review

Photo by © Kasia Kowalska Glenn Marshall writes: Welcome to the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2022 photo gallery. We’re indebted to photographer Kasia Kowalska for capturing the live drawing event on the pier and many thanks also for the added contributions from other snappers. Photo by © Kasia Kowalska Boris Johnson joined us from one […]

Sempé The Best

Rupert Besley writes: There’s a fine drawing on the cover of Le Petit Nicolas, Le Ballon which shows a small boy with an  admiring smile watching as a slightly battered balloon goes off into the ether above. That’s a bit how the world is left feeling on hearing this week of the death at 89 of […]

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2022 line up

Royston Robertson writes: The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is under way and is promising the usual fun in the sun with plenty of laughs for its ninth event. Some of the walls at the Beach creative exhibition. This year’s theme is “Crossing the Line” and an exhibition with that title is now on at Beach […]

Underground Publication

Glenn Marshall writes: PCO member Simon Ellinas has recently published a book charting his epic task of drawing a person of note to represent every station on the London Underground. This amounts to 272 caricatures! The project started after Simon was looking for a new challenge, having spent the previous year filling a 2019 desk […]

Cartoonists get stylish

Clive Goddard writes: If there’s one thing cartoonists know about it’s style. Famously dapper, well-dressed types-about-town, they constantly turn heads and the occasional stomach. This video, however, is all about their drawing styles. Whether that be simple, complex, colourful, sparse, messy, splattery or obsessionally neat and tidy we cover all bases. Some of us also […]

Giants from Lilliput

Lilliput cover (Dec 1949) by Ronald Searle   Rupert Besley writes: Some years back (50, to be precise) I spotted a small selection of Lilliput magazines from 1941-51 in a junkshop in Leeds. I bought all nine of them and have returned to them regularly since. This era was still the heyday of line illustration, […]