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, […]

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival Exhibitions 2022

Roger Penwill reports from Shropshire’s medieval county town: For its 19th year the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival is represented by a collection of three exhibitions. At the Bear Steps Gallery, the festival’s spiritual home since the inaugural festival in 2004, are the Festival themed exhibition “Look and Learn” and an exhibition of work by the popular cartoonist Noel […]

The New PCO Website Launched

The sharp-eyed of you (or even the very blurry eyed) will have noticed our shiny new PCO website. The team have been working on the project for over a year. Steve ‘Jonesy’ Jones oversaw the rebrand, aided by Clive ‘The Chair’ Goddard. We are also very fortunate to have Andrew Fraser as a member: Andrew’s […]

The PCO Cartoon Review of the Year 2021

Cartoon by © Brian Adcock To quote the great Benny Andersson ‘Mamma mia, here we go again’ with another PCO members ‘Cartoon Review of The Year’.  For the most part it’s been another %¢º€@$ one (Google Translate it) but once more cartoonists injected some humour into it….apart from the odd cartoonist injecting humour refusenik. The […]

Tune into PCO TV

Just a reminder to tune in, subscribe and spread the word about our PCO TV Channel over on that Youtube. There are a couple of fresh videos on there: Firstly the launch of a series cartoonist Q&A videos that have been stitched together for public display by PCO Chair Personage Clive Goddard starring PCO members Jeremy Banx, […]

Patron saint

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 […]

New Yorker, New Yorker, it’s a wonderful ‘toon

‘I can explain the meaning of life, but not the meaning of New Yorker cartoons.’ Cartoon © Nick Newman Why do cartoonists struggle to break America? by Nick Newman and courtesy of The Spectator.  Cartoons are like gossamer and one doesn’t dissect gossamer.’ So says Mr Elinoff, the fictional cartoon editor of the New Yorkerin […]

Quarantoons: Cartoons From the New Normal

PCO member James Mellor introduces his new book: The coronavirus pandemic has caused the biggest changes to our society in my lifetime.  The changes have been extreme and have affected all aspects of how we live and work.  Importantly, the new way of living has also proved to be very funny, on occasion.  Has anyone […]