A Plague Be Upon Us

  Glenn Marshall writes: Martin Rowson, the South London sonnetist who also does a bit of drawing, has just released his poetic lockdown diary ‘Plague Songs’ . Full of customary Rowson bile and twisted humour these ‘rhymes of our times’ address the accursed last year under the dark shadow of Covid. Tomorrow night sees an online […]

Draw The Coronavirus – The eBook!

The ‘Great’ Glenn Marshall (WINNER of Draw The Coronavirus competition) writes: Many cartoonists, illustrators, artists and fly-by-nights have been taking refuge from the cruel world by joining in Martin Rowson’s regular cartoon challenges. He sets a subject and we all vent spleen (most of us were in lock down and online twiddling our thumbs-up emojis anyway so […]

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival – The Exhibitions!

Exhibition poster cartoon by festival organiser © Roger Penwill. Lovely to see a REAL cartoon exhibition on REAL walls! Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival may have been cancelled earlier in the year but the accompanying ’20-20 Vision’ show lives on at the wonderful Bear Steps Gallery in Shrewsbury. It opened this week and features 70 cartoons by 43 […]

Oh We Did Like To Be Beside The Seaside!

In the ‘old normal’ this weekend would have seen cartoonists flocking like seagulls to the wonderful Herne Bay Cartoon Festival. With this year’s event c19ncelled here’s a trip down memory lane with the fabulous posters from previous years and links to the festival holiday snaps. 2013 Poster by © Hunt Emerson The Herne Bay event started […]

Not the 2020 Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival

Cancelled poster by © Roger Penwill Glenn Marshall writes: This weekend would have seen the main events of the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival  but sadly, like so much else, it has had to be cancelled. One of the organisers, Roger Penwill, commented a few weeks ago when the postponement was announced “We felt that we had no […]

Offensive Weapon?

Glenn Marshall writes: Procartoonists recently hosted a panel discussion labelled ‘OFFENSIVE WEAPON?’ at the North London Story Festival. The talk centred around the issue of cartoons causing offence and where to draw the line. I was joined by Carol Isaacs AKA The Surreal McCoy and The Guardian’s Martin Rowson. I opened with a brief look at […]

The Wolf of Baghdad released

I’ve just wolfed down in one sitting the wonderful, recently published ‘The Wolf of Baghdad’ by PCO’s Carol Isaacs, AKA The Surreal McCoy, published by Myriad Edition. It follows the story of Carol’s family roots and the everyday life of the Jewish community in Baghdad, where a quarter of the city’s population were Jewish up until […]

Political Cartoon Awards 2019 – The Results

The winners! Peter Schrank standing in for Peter Brookes, Photo © Kasia Kowalska
 Clive Goddard writes: Another year of backslapping and mingling with strangers has been and gone at the glitzy Poltical Cartoon Awards. This time the whole event was forced to decamp from its usual palatial venue due to ‘the impending election’ causing everyone to cram […]

Send in the Clowns?

Cartoon by © Rupert Besley Rupert Besley writes: [a personal viewpoint, not purporting in any way to represent the opinions of the PCO] For the first time in my life I’m seriously wondering if humour might not be doing more harm than good. That’s a worrying thought and no conclusion I would ever wish to […]