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Young Cartoonists of the Year 2012

December 6, 2012 in Events, General, News

The results of the competition are in and Procartoonists sends congratulations to Saffie Patel and Lawrence Lamborn for their awards in the two categories run by The Cartoon Museum and our sister organsation the British Cartoonists’ Association. You can enjoy their winning work below. A cheerful selection of cartoons by the runners-up is now also available at the museum’s own website. This selection includes a particularly splendid  Mule Log, if you enjoy puns.

Saffie_Patel_Young_cartoonist_winner_2012 @ procartoonists.org

© Saffie Patel Young Cartoonist Winner 2012 - Under 18 years category @ procartoonists.org

You can also read the background to the event and get a dash of the controversy surrounding the criteria for entry here.

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© Lawrence Lamborn Young Cartoonist winner 2012 - Under 30 years category

Dandy looks back, and forward

October 24, 2012 in Events, News

Dandy exhibition

Dandy characters celebrate 75 years © DC Thomson and Co. Ltd

The Dandy: 75 Years of Biffs, Bangs and Banana Skins opens at the Cartoon Museum in London today.

The exhibition runs until 24 December, effectively out-living the comic itself, as the final print issue comes out on 4 December – 75 years to the day since its launch.

The comic will be moving online though, and the Cartoon Museum says that the exhibition will look forward “as Dandy prepares to embark on a new digital adventure“. It will include some exclusive material from the new Dandy which is currently in development,

Lots of favourite characters from the past feature in the show, such as Desperate Dan, Korky the Cat, Corporal Clot, Winker Watson, Brassneck and Bananaman. Younger readers will be able to see Harry Hill, PreSkool Prime Minister and other recent strips. Visit the Cartoon Museum website for more details.

Young Cartoonists of the Year 2012

October 17, 2012 in Events, General, News

Our colleagues at the British Cartoonists’ Association have launched their annual Young Cartoonists of the Year competition. Details as below and applications to the UK’s Cartoon Museum by 7 November. Hop to it!

UK_ Young_Cartoonist_of_the_Year_2012 @ procartoonists.org

Young Cartoonist of the Year competition for 2012 @ Procartoonists.org

And have a look back at one of last year’s winners.

by Royston

Music in sync with ink

October 9, 2012 in Events, News

The Cartoon Museum in London becomes a music venue for the first time tomorrow (October 10) as it hosts Musical Ink! a performance by Barbara de Biasi of music inspired by the cartoons on its walls.

HM Bateman Time Flies

Time Flies by H.M. Bateman, from The Sketch, 1909

She was moved to write the music – to be perfomed on flute, viola, harp and tuba – by the recent H.M. Bateman exhibition and by Martin Rowson’s Gulliver Travels artwork:

“Musical Ink began with me visiting the Cartoon Museum and diving into H.M. Bateman’s wonderful exhibition. As soon as I saw Rinking Types [a cartoon from 1910 on the rollerskating craze] and Time Flies [above] I heard music playing in my head.

“I then went upstairs and found Martin Rowson’s beautiful Gulliver, all tied up by these hundreds of little people, witty and satirical in its intent, and also immensely creative and beautiful to experience.

“Cartooning in general, and Bateman’s and Rowson’s in particular, is a very musical art in my opinion. The characters, so well defined in their rights and wrongs, are like musical shapes, waiting to be put on a stave and explored in timbre and dynamics.”

And as if this is not already a unique enough event, the audience will also have the opportunity to create their own cartoons in response to Barbara’s music.

Musical Ink! is free and runs from 7-8pm: Cartoon Museum website

The Round-up

August 11, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Ian Baker @Procartoonists.org

The writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley reviews the latest Cartoon Museum exhibition, Animal Crackers, and highlights cartoons by Procartoonists.org members Ian Baker, above, Royston Robertson and Ralph Steadman as being among the best exhibits. Read Brian’s write-up here. The exhibition runs until October 21.

Sticking with animals, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is running an exhibition devoted to  “Cat Art”. The selling show is inspired by the work of Victorian illustrator Louis Wain, and features his work alongside that of four other artists. See the featured paintings and illustrations here.

Quentin Blake and Shaun Tan are to appear at the next Comica Conversation event in London, taking place on August 27 (thanks to downthetubes.net for the tip-off).

Comics and cartoons are big internationally, and their creators are compared to rock stars on occasion – even a leading fashion designer harboured dreams of being a cartoonist. All of which raises an often-asked question …

Updated: August 12, 2012:

We are indebted to regular reader and cartoonist Mike Lynch for improving our knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the piece in the Village Voice that we linked to above.

Exhibition is animal magic

July 22, 2012 in Events, News

Animal crackers cartoon by Royston

Animal Crackers cartoon by Royston Robertson @ Procartoonists.org

The exhibition Animal Crackers: A Cartoon and Comic Bestiary is at the Cartoon Museum in London from this Wednesday (July 25).

It looks at how animals have inspired all kinds of cartoonists across the ages, whether they are working in comics, political cartooning, magazine gag cartoons, newspaper strips or animation.

The show promises something for everyone with more than 140 cartoons, caricatures, comics and graphic novel pages by more than 60 artists. From political images, such as the Russian bear and the City fat cat, to Wallace and Gromit and The Bunny Suicides, all anthropomorphic animal life is here.

Some cartoons suggest how much animals are just like us, such as King Louie of The Jungle Book, or Fred Basset. Others, such as Simon Tofield’s Simon’s Cat and Norman Thelwell’s lovable ponies, highlight our pets’ irritating or endearing habits.

Animal Crackers cartoon by Nick Newman

Animal Crackers cartoon by Nick Newman @Procartoonists.org

Animal Crackers includes works by major names from past and present, including Leo Baxendale, Simon Bond, Peter Brookes, Dave Brown, David Low, Mac, Matt, Chris Riddell, Ronald Searle, John Tenniel, Trog, Dudley D. Watkins and Gahan Wilson.

There’s a healthy showing of Procartoonists.org members, with Nathan Ariss, Ian Baker, Steve Bell, Andrew Birch, Andy Davey, Hunt Emerson, Jacky Fleming, Martin Honeysett, John Jensen, Nick Newman, right, Ken Pyne, Royston Robertson, above, Martin Rowson, Ralph Steadman, the Surreal McCoy, Colin Whittock, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams.

The exhibition runs until October 21. The Cartoon Museum is in Little Russell Street, near the British Museum. For further details, visit cartoonmuseum.org

by Royston

Talking about Bateman

June 20, 2012 in Events, News

Bateman by Bateman

H.M. Bateman by H.M. Bateman

The cartoonist and Procartoonists.org member John Jensen is to host a talk on H.M Bateman at the Cartoon Museum in London next week.

The Early Bateman is held in conjuction with the museum’s exhibition The Man Who Went Mad on Paper. In the talk, on Wednesday 27 June at 6.30pm, John will explore the beauty and subtlety of the artist’s early work.

On Wednesday 11 July, Anita O’Brien, the museum curator, hosts An Unlikely Revolutionary, a talk looking at the impact Bateman had on 20th century cartoons in Britain and overseas.

The Man Who Went Mad on Paper runs until July 22 and is a must-see for anyone interested in cartooning. After that the museum hosts its summer exhibition, Animal Crackers, featuring cartoons and strips with a zoological angle. That opens on July 25. It is followed in the autumn by a show celebrating 75 years of The Dandy. We’ll have more on these exhibitions nearer the time.

For more details on exhibitions, talks and other events, visit Cartoonmuseum.org

Diamond Jubilation

June 1, 2012 in Comment, General

Procartoonists.org_Imagining_the_Diamond_Jubilee © Bill Stott @ procartoonists.org

© Bill Stott @ Procartoonists.org

How one’s Diamond Jubilee might get imagineered.
“ OK. Ideas. Royal Progress. Any? Toby. Yes?”
“Well, erm, they’re both well, erm, getting on a bit, yeah?”
“We know that Toby – ergo the Diamond bit in Jubilee. ”
“Yes, well, erm, I thought that, well, and I mean, well, perish the thought … ”
“That’s four wells Toby.”
“Gosh, sorry, yes, erm, I thought we could get ‘em on a sort of barge thing on the river.”
“Hmmm. Barge, river, yes, good, good. Didn’t the other Elizabeth do this? We’re listening Tobes”
“Erm, well, sorry, but if anything sort of untoward happens, like the, erm, you know, the dying thing, well, they’d be too far away from the bank for anybody to notice. Need strapping in, of course. Maybe a bit of string to keep the old hand waving.”
“Toby, that is mega, and I mean mega! Jocasta! Miles! Make it so! Barge on the river! Brilliant! And if the worst happens, we could have a burial at sea! How bloody royal is THAT? Head of THE maritime nation! Slumbering in the deep! God, this knocks the Falklands into a cocked hat! Get Dave on the blower and tell him he’s safe for another term!”
Imagineering by Bill Stott. You might also enjoy a timely look back at our coverage of the Cartoon Museum’s excellent Her Maj show from earlier this year.

by Royston

Mad about Bateman

April 11, 2012 in General, News

HM Bateman self portrait
H.M. Bateman: The Man Who Went Mad on Paper opens at the Cartoon Museum in London next Wednesday (April 11).

The exhibition covers all aspects of Bateman’s career, from his early theatrical subjects to his famous The Man Who cartoons. It also includes examples of wordless strips, sketchbooks and other private works that are exhibited here for the first time.

Visit the Cartoon Museum website for opening times and admission details. The show runs until July 22.

Her Maj show opens

February 2, 2012 in Comment

Bloghorn can recommend a visit to the Cartoon Museum on behalf of Her Maj. Opening night was packed and once the TV cameras had been dodged it was possible to see some fantastic work on the walls. We’ve featured a little below, from, ahem, our members and we thank the good folk at the museum for their help.

Queen cartoon by Colin Whittock

The Queen in Ireland, Private Eye, 2011 by Colin Whittock

We should also point to yesterday’s episode of Radio 4’s Midweek in which Museum patron Lord Baker discussed the show with Libby Purves, a patron of the PCO. You can listen to it on iPlayer here.

Up the Mall by Steadman

Up The Mall: An Everyday Tale of Royal Folk. Private Eye, 1968, by Ralph Steadman

And with that, Bloghorn defers and retreats to draw the new Royal dog.