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January 18, 2013 in General, Links, News

© Bill Stott

Following on from our last post about what is and isn’t funny, we link to a recent BBC article about the history and humour of the pun – a weapon in the cartoonist’s arsenal that is loved by some and disparaged by others. (We at are happy to sit on the fence and say that while some puns deserve nothing but a weary groan, others – such as in the cartoon above, by Bill Stott – are inspired.) Read the article here.

There were equestrian puns aplenty bouncing around on Twitter this week, following the horsemeat burger scandal (log in and search for #horsemeat and you’ll find some good examples). Even Tesco itself decided to crack a joke on the subject.

The horsemeat story provided fodder for cartoonists, too, and The Telegraph’s Matt Pritchett was particularly inspired – producing no less than five gags on the subject in just two days. Click here to scroll through them.

BBC Radio 4 broadcast two programmes of interest to cartoonists and illustrators this week. First, there was a half-hour show celebrating the art and characters of The Beano (click here to listen). Then Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen chose to celebrate the Great Life of Aubrey Beardsley (here).

And finally, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is holding a sale, beginning this weekend. Click here to see the artworks available.


The Round-up

September 28, 2012 in General, Links, News


© Tony Husband @

Tony Husband, cartoonist for Private Eye, The Spectator and many others – and a member of – has produced two new book collections. I Nearly Died Laughing was released last month and showcases some of Tony’s darker cartoons, while It’s Only A Game features a selection of sporting gags and will be released on October 15.

Tony will be signing copies of both books on October 5 at 2022NQ in Manchester. Fifty of his cartoons will be on display and he will also be drawing cartoons by request, with proceeds going to Moodswings.

Steven Appleby also has a new book out, collecting his Guardian comic strip about everyday life and family relationships, Loomus. A launch party and exhibition are being held on the evening of October 12 at Gosh! Comics in Soho. Read more here.

Also in London, the Chris Beetles Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of work by that quintessentially English cartoonist, Norman Thelwell. The show runs until October 13 and you can find more information – and plenty of pictures – on the website.

Finally, with this year’s Big Draw about to get underway on Sunday, Design Week has a run-down of some of the events taking place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – including the Battle of the Cartoonists. Read the article here. (Thanks to Chichi Parish for spotting it.)

The Round-up

March 1, 2012 in General, Links

Bloghorn: Chris Beetles show. The Illustrators at Bloghorn

© Quentin Blake – on display at Chris Beetles Gallery in St James London

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is running an exhibition of work by William Heath Robinson and others, opening on 6th March and hosted at West House in Pinner. ‘William Heath Robinson and the Best of Contemporary Illustration’ also features work by Quentin Blake, Oliver Jeffers, Emma Chichester Clark and Michael Foreman, among others. See the Chris Beetles website for more details.

In an interesting blog post, Illustration Art looks at some of the well-known cartoonists that have managed to carve out a successful career after struggling academically. Read it here.

Gerald Scarfe was the subject of two feature interviews in national newspapers last week, with The Sun delving into his work with Pink Floyd and The Daily Mail taking a look at some of the items in his studio.

1980s documentary ‘Masters of Comic Book Art’, which features interviews with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Will Eisner among others, has been made available again via YouTube. You can watch the whole film, and read some choice quotes, over at Comics Alliance.

The Round-up

January 20, 2012 in Links

The Chris Beetles Gallery in London is offering work by a wide range of well-known cartoonists in its 13th annual sale. The show features original pieces by cartoonists including Ronald Searle, Norman Thelwell, Matt, Larry, William Heath Robinson, Tony Husband, Michael Heath, Frank Dickens, Mac, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams, among others. There is also plenty of artwork by painters and illustrators working in other fields. See the gallery’s website for details.

Sarah McIntyre spent a day in December with Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer and fellow children’s books illustrator. Sarah visited his studio and leafed through his extremely detailed sketchbooks, posting plenty of photos here.

The Delaware County Daily Times looks at the life and work of William Steig, the prolific New Yorker cartoonist and creator of Shrek, in this insightful article.

And finally, DC Comics — the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman — has unveiled its new logo, which features a “peeled back” design intended to “symbolize the duality of the iconic characters”. Take a look here.

The gifts of the cartoonist

December 1, 2010 in General, News

Telegraph cartoonist Matt Pritchett appears at a Question Time event this evening.

© Matt the cartoonist and Matt Pritchett and Telegraph Media Group

© Matt Pritchett and Telegraph Media Group

The long-time pocket cartoonist at the Telegraph will be appearing at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s in London from 6pm-8pm to promote a new book.

The gallery tell us a large selection of Matt’s original artwork will be displayed and he will be available to dedicate pictures for  friends and loved ones for a memorable gift.

Bloghorn says you can reach many cartoonists from UK and international publications using the contact details at our membership portfolios

Beetles and Cats

August 4, 2010 in General, News

"You'd better release their ball. They've kidnapped the cat" by Norman Thelwell

The Chris Beetles Gallery in London has an exhibition of cat cartoons, illustrations and paintings opening later this month, titled Louis Wain and the Summer Cat Show 2010.

This show marks the 30th annual exhibition of British cat art at Chris Beetles. Alongside work by the eccentric Edwardian cat artist, Louis Wain, the exhibition features cartoons and sketches by William Heath Robinson, Norman Thelwell and Ronald Searle, although some of the paintings on show do remind Bloghorn of the infamous Viz commemorative plate The Life of Christ in Cats.

Louis Wain and the Summer Cat Show will be showing at the Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder St, St James’s, London, from August 14 to September 4, opening hours 10am – 5.30pm, Monday – Saturday. For more details go to

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Major illustration show opening

November 9, 2009 in General

The Chris Beetles Gallery’s annual illustrators show opens in London this weekend (November 14 and 15).

More than 1,000 original pieces of original artwork, from 1800 to present day, will be on display in The Illustrators 2009. Many of the artists included in the selling exhibition are household names, from Arthur Rackham to John Tenniel to E.H. Shepard to Quentin Blake.

The exhibition includes many cartoonists, such as John Jensen, (Old Flame, 1954, from Lilliput magazine, above) Matt Pritchett, Peter Brookes, H.M. Bateman, Rowland Emett, Giles and Gerard Hoffnung.

A major addition to the roster this year is the work of caricaturist Robert Sherriffs whose stylish line work, seen in the above cartoon of Clark Gable, was commissioned by Punch to bring the excitement of Hollywood film to readers during the 1950s. The exhibition also includes a new selection from the estate of Norman Thelwell.

The gallery is hoping for a big success with the exhibition in the run-up to Christmas, pointing out that this is an accessible and affordable sector of the art market, as more than 80 per cent of the pictures on sale cost less than £2,000.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue with 200 pages of essays and notes, and more than 400 full-colour images. It will be available from the gallery for £15 plus £3 postage.

The Chris Beetles Gallery, at 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London (nearest Tube Green Park or Piccadilly Circus) is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm. The gallery’s website can be found at