Glory be! The PCO is delighted to announce that Marc Riley is to join our esteemed list of sainted patrons (Sandi Toksvig, Terry Gilliam, Libby Purves, Andrew Marr, Martin Wainwright)
Marc is a Radio DJ, music critic and musician. For 14 years he worked (AKA as Lard) with Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 1. He now has his own evening show on BBC 6 music.
The Fall, 1979. Photo © Paul Slattery,
Like most people in Manchester Marc was also a member of The Fall. He has said “Joining The Fall was the second best thing that ever happened to me in my working life. The best thing was getting kicked out”
Hand drawn T-shirts by © Steve Bright for ‘Who’s On My T-Shirt Tonight’
Marc has been a big champion of cartoons, most recently using cartoonists to draw T-Shirts of popsters for his Radio 6 ‘What’s On My T-Shirt Tonight’ competition, instigated with his good friend and cartoon maestro Tony Husband.
Strip by © Marc Riley for OINK!
He has even delved into the cartoon world himself, drawing strips for OINK! magazine.
“I see this invitation to be a patron of the Professional Cartoonist Organisation as not only an honour but also as a chance to beg for mercy for the many cartoon crimes I committed in the name of OINK! I’m talking ‘Dr Mooney – He’s Completely Looney’ …I’m talking ‘When Dinosaurs Rules The Earth’.…I’m talking ‘Harry The Head’. Lest we forget, Harry was simply that. A head. With no body. A character I engineered simply because I couldn’t draw bodies properly. It all unravelled somewhat when I realised that I couldn’t draw heads properly either. But still I continued. Shameless. I feel I owe you all a drink…though of course I’m not going to buy you one. Thank you for this kind invitation and I hope to be in a position to face your combined indignation over a glass in the near future. Though I’m definitely still not buying…”
Marc Riley. Failed Cartoonist. December 2021.
Welcome Marc….I believe you’ll even get a badge!