Government minister’s whitewash on childrens asylum centre.

Cartoon from The i by © Ben Jennings PCO Chair Clive Goddard writes: Earlier this month the Immigration minister Robert Jenrick ordered the overpainting of cartoon murals in two reception centres for the children of asylum seekers. This mean-spirited, pettiness rightly earned him a huge amount of public criticism from across the political spectrum. It […]

Bring Back The Birch

Drawing © Andrew Birch.  @marshallcartoon writes: Our esteemed membership secretary Andrew Birch has been exiled from Twitter after complaints from Tory Chair Greg Hands. Hands had posted a photo opportunity of himself eating a fish and chip supper. Andrew had replied that he ”hoped his supper didn’t go down well (or words to that effect, […]

Bill Tidy (1933-2023) – A Tribute

Drawing of ‘The Cloggies’  from Bill’s long running Private Eye strip. Rupert Besley writes: It’s funny what sticks in the memory. First kiss, first day at new school, first pint, first dive into a pool… To which I’d add, first sight of a Bill Tidy cartoon.  1965. We’d just moved house and my brother came […]

The PCO Cartoon Review of the Year 2022

Another year, another cartoon review featuring work from PCO members. As the world moves on from one disaster to another what more can you ask for than an emergency cartoon service attempting to defibrillate you at the start of the new year! Cartoon © Dean Patterson deAn set the tone for the year with this […]

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, […]