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Tuning up for cartoon festival

January 23, 2014 in Events, General, News

Music cartoon by Wilbur Dawbarn

Music cartoon for Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival exhibition by member © Wilbur Dawbarn

Planning is under way for the 2014 Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, the eleventh time the event has taken place in the Shropshire market town.

The main cartooning day of the festival, known as Cartoonists Live, will be Saturday 26 April. The festival exhibition of original artwork and prints, all for sale, on this year’s theme of “Music”, will run from 21 April to 17 May.

Inevitably, in these days of cutbacks, the festival is somewhat reduced in size this year as the major funding from Shropshire Council, which has been in place since the festival began in 2004, is no more.

The organisers are keen to point out that the festival has not been singled out by the council as the move is part of a much larger programme of reductions. The authority has had to make £80 million of cuts.

The festival has, however, had some financial support from this organisation, the PCO, and with some new sponsorship, existing funds, and a grant, the show goes on and the organisers say it will be as entertaining as ever.

The live event is one day rather than two, on the 26th, but it has been extended from 10am to 5pm. Most of the activity, such as the Big Boards and caricaturing, will take place in The Square, with workshops in other central venues.

As the festival website says, the event “offers unique opportunities to see artists at work, creating giant cartoons in The Square, drawing caricatures and running cartoon workshops for all ages”.

We’ll have more on the festival in due course. You can also see updates via @procartoonists, our Twitter feed, and follow the hashtag #shrews14

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2013: dates announced

September 3, 2012 in General, News

The tenth Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival will run during April and May next year.

The central weekend of festival cartoon activities – Cartoonists Live – will be Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April, with a full day of activity on the Sunday. This is a change to previous years where activities have finished by the early afternoon.

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival @

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival @

The festival exhibitions will be displayed at venues throughout the town during April and May and will then tour museums in the area. The theme will be Time which follows, appropriately enough, Flying, from last year.

You can look back at coverage of last year’s festival here.

Cartoon Awards 2011

December 1, 2011 in Events, News

New in from our friends at The UK Cartoon Museum are the results of their annual cartoon awards.

  • Strip Cartoon Award to Charles Peattie and Mark Warren for Celeb – a  long running feature of Private Eye magazine
  • Pocket Award to Neil Bennett – of The Times
  • Joke Award to Neil Kerber – of The Daily Mirror’s Can’t kick, won’t Kick
  • Caricature to Martin Rowson – of The Daily Mirror and The Guardian
  • Political Award to Dave Brown – of The Independent
  • Pont Award To Martin Honeysett – of Private Eye
  • Heneage Cup Life Achievement Award to Ed McLachlan

Bloghorn offers congratulations to one and all. 

Occupied cartoonists

November 22, 2011 in Comment

Cartoonists are visual journalists. Please discuss, with reference to Portraits of the Occupation, US investigative cartoonist Sharon Rosenzweig and this fine round up of art from the ongoing global protests at Cartoon Movement.

©Sharon Rosenzweig Cartoonist as Graphic Journalist

Drawing ©Sharon Rosenzweig

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Round-up: What the Bloghorn saw

November 17, 2011 in Links

Bloghorn from the UK Professional Cartonists' OrganisationPublisher Jonathan Cape is celebrating five years of its Graphic Short Story Prize by releasing an e-book compilation of the winners and some of the best also-rans. Forbidden Planet has a sneak peak, and plenty of related links, here.

After the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed over the publication of a front-cover cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad, journalist and academic Victor S Navasky asks why cartoons have the ability to make people so angry. See The New York Times for his conclusions.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame has included 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast on its list of nominees for possible induction in 2012. Voting is ongoing, but the anti-Irish and anti-Catholic imagery in some of Nast’s drawings has led to a call for his exclusion.

Elsewhere in the US, The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna considers the difficulties faced by cartoonists when responding to tragic events. Read his thoughts here.

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November 13, 2011 in Comment, Events, News

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Video: Matt’s favourite cartoonists

October 31, 2011 in Comment, News

A treat to start the week. Matt Pritchett, pocket cartoonist at The Telegraph Media Group talks about his favourite cartoonists in this short video.

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Round-up: What the Bloghorn saw

October 29, 2011 in Comment, News

Rob Murray writes:

Following an MP-generated controversy earlier in the year, when the University of Dundee launched the first mainstream postgraduate course in comic studies, student Laura Sneddon has helpfully begun blogging about the MLitt on a weekly basis for Comicbook resources.

Pulitzer-Prize winning US cartoonist Clay Bennett gave a talk this week in which he discussed the ‘best’ piece of hate mail he has ever received, and why “it’s hard to draw good cartoons where people are progressive”. Read more here.

As Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture Tintin film is released in cinemas, asks how it will be received in Hergé’s Brussels.

Finally, a piece of original artwork by legendary Batman illustrator Jerry Robinson – the cover to Detective Comics #67 from 1942 – is expected to sell for over $300,000 when it comes to auction next month. Click here and get your chequebook ready.

Cartoonist talent search continues

October 25, 2011 in News

Congratulations to Steve Bright, one of our members, who has also made the final of Cartoonist Idol at the i newspaper. Steve provides the delightful shark drawing we use in our masthead here from time-to-time. He will be competing against Ben Jennings, Mark Thatcher, John Kennedy, and Chris Shipton for a job with the paper.

There is also a new set of jokes from the pocket cartoonists we named in yesterday’s post. You can still see the cartoons online, whereas today’s batch can be seen hereThe Bloghorn sends congratulations to all those featuring in the finals and encourages you to get to know the best cartoonist folios here.

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What the Bloghorn Saw

September 30, 2011 in News

Asterix artist and co-creator Albert Uderzo has decided to retire after 52 years of drawing the famous Gaul – and is handing the reins to an as-yet unknown younger artist. The BBC has more on the story here. Over at the Guardian, Samira Ahmed argues that Uderzo’s departure means Asterix should retire as well.

In India, a caricature depicting the Gujarati chief minister, Narendra Modi, has led to the arrest of the newspaper cartoonist who drew it. Meanwhile, a Turkish cartoonist is to be put on trial for renouncing God via one of his drawings.

An interesting-sounding panel discussion has taken place at the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Taipei this week, under the title ‘Innovations in Political Cartooning’. The session touched on censorship and free speech, as well as the continuing need for cartoonists to reinvent themselves and stay current. The IPI has a detailed write-up here.

The Bloghorn is made on behalf of the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation