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 […]

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, […]

The New PCO Website Launched

The sharp-eyed of you (or even the very blurry eyed) will have noticed our shiny new PCO website. The team have been working on the project for over a year. Steve ‘Jonesy’ Jones oversaw the rebrand, aided by Clive ‘The Chair’ Goddard. We are also very fortunate to have Andrew Fraser as a member: Andrew’s […]

The PCO Cartoon Review of the Year 2021

Cartoon by © Brian Adcock To quote the great Benny Andersson ‘Mamma mia, here we go again’ with another PCO members ‘Cartoon Review of The Year’.  For the most part it’s been another %¢º€@$ one (Google Translate it) but once more cartoonists injected some humour into it….apart from the odd cartoonist injecting humour refusenik. The […]

New Yorker, New Yorker, it’s a wonderful ‘toon

‘I can explain the meaning of life, but not the meaning of New Yorker cartoons.’ Cartoon © Nick Newman Why do cartoonists struggle to break America? by Nick Newman and courtesy of The Spectator.  Cartoons are like gossamer and one doesn’t dissect gossamer.’ So says Mr Elinoff, the fictional cartoon editor of the New Yorkerin […]

Can cartoons be both funny – and diverse?

Cartoon © Nick Newman By Nick Newman and courtesy of The Spectator.  Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand […]