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The Round-up

October 12, 2012 in General, Links, News

Ralph Steadman – the acclaimed cartoonist, Hunter S. Thompson collaborator and member of Procartoonists.org – is the subject of a new documentary film, which premieres at the BFI London Film Festival this evening. Watch the trailer of For No Good Reason, above, and read more about the film courtesy of Empire magazine.

Sticking with cinema, Charles Schulz‘s Peanuts characters are set to celebrate their 65th anniversary in 2015 by appearing in a new feature film.

Christian Adams of The Telegraph writes about the challenges that can arise for a topical cartoonist tackling daily newspaper deadlines, and reveals a cartoon that didn’t make it into print this week. Read the blog post here.

And finally, some entertaining pieces by New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. In one, he looks at the importance of writing to the gag cartooning process, and Peter Steiner pitches in with his thoughts on making the transition from cartoonist to novelist. In another post, Mankoff offers some statistical advice to help you win the magazine’s caption contest.

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July 14, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Cathy Simpson @ procartoonists.org

We bring news of an exhibition of work by the Procartoonists.org member Cathy Simpson who helpfully writes about Twitterings and Catcreeps here. Another member, Wilbur Dawbarn, talks about his latest cartoon for Private Eye, which may well be the first in a series.

Christian Adams, The Telegraph’s editorial news cartoonist, writes about the need to plan ahead to be able to cover all bases. Perhaps this will help you win the Graphic Short Story Prize 2012 which has been launched by Jonathan Cape, Comica and The Observer.

Further from home, South Africa’s governing ANC party has reacted with disgust at a cartoon by Zapiro that depicts President Jacob Zuma as a penis. You can view the offending item here.

Cartoonists who draw digitally may be interested in the following products. Wacom have released a new version of the Cintiq, their longstanding digital drawing board, while Leap Motion is a 3D tool that promises to revolutionise the way we interact with computers. (All together now: Oh, yeah!)

© Mike Williams Broken dreams cartoon @ procartoonists.org

© Mike Williams @ procartoonists.org

The Round-up

May 18, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Christian Adams

The Telegraph’s political cartoonist, Christian Adams, dissects his depictions of Cameron, Clegg and Osborne as he looks at what makes an effective caricature. In a subsequent blog post, he identifies which politicians are the best to draw in terms of the most cartoonable body parts (watch out for the photo of Merkel, which is close to being NSFW).

In a worrying development, a group of MPs in India has pressured the government into banning cartoons that lampoon politicians from school textbooks, despite saying that they have no objection to similar examples of visual satire appearing in newspapers. You can read more on the story here. Unsurprisingly, the move has already drawn criticism from academics and other professionals.

The second BD & Comics Passion festival takes place at the Institut français in London from May 24 to 27. The four-day event features a diverse selection of talks from comic creators including Kevin O’Neill, Pat Mills, Tom Gauld and Jonathan Ross, and will see a healthy contingent of French and Belgian cartoonists in attendance. See the website for more details.

For the aficionado of the modern media there is a final chance to hear Greed All About It, a drama upon the mid-career activities of Mr Rupert Murdoch at Wapping. Procartoonists.org member Nick Newman shares the writing credit with Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop. But, HURRY! There are only 12 hours left to do it!

The Round-up

January 27, 2012 in Links

Christian Adams, political cartoonist for The Telegraph, has begun blogging on a daily basis, providing a fascinating insight into the process behind his latest cartoons and offering up preliminary sketches and captions that didn’t quite make it. The blog can be found here, and is sure to be worthy of repeat viewings.

Sticking with the Telegraph, Matt Pritchett – long-time pocket cartoonist for the paper – has been interviewed by The Oxford Student.

Cartoon Movement has news of two cartooning exhibitions. Justice and Security: There is More Than One Truth opened at the London School of Economics on 23rd January, while Movement member Zunar has a solo exhibition – titled To Fight Through Cartoons – at London’s Free Word Centre from 15th February. More details can be found here.

Beano icon Dennis The Menace is to appear on the London stage in his very own musical, which runs at the Southbank Centre for three days next month.

In case this round-up seems too upbeat, fear not – a report by The Herb Block Foundation has claimed that the golden age of editorial cartooning is dead. The Daily Cartoonist highlights a few quotes and also provides a link to the full report, which features essays by 11 leading cartoonists.

Young Cartoonists of the Year to be announced

November 18, 2009 in General

Foghorn for Cartoon of the WeekVoting has now taken place for the 2009 UK Young Cartoonist of the Year awards. The awards will be presented at the annual Cartoon Art Trust event in central London this evening. The awards are made in two categories, for artists under 18 and 30s years old, and were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The judges panel was headed by Guardian cartoonist and PCO member Martin Rowson. Fellow judge Christian Adams of The Daily Telegraph has written about the process here. Bloghorn will have full coverage tomorrow.

Cartoon Pick of the Week

July 10, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 10th July 2009.

One: Christian Adams in The Telegraph on the chase for the pink vote

Two: Hector Breeze in The Spectator: “It is suggested that one reign for a bit without pay.”

Three: And finally, Peter Brookes in The Times on trouble at No. 11

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

June 26, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 26th June 2009.

One: Christian Adams in the Daily Telegraph: on the Iraq inquiry

Two: Kipper Williams in The Guardian on bankers

Three: Glen LeLievre in Prospect in Narnia

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

March 20, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 20th March 2009.

One: Christian Adams in The Daily Telegraph on banking on the polar ice-caps

Two: William Haefeli in The New Yorker on pop-cultural references

Three: Tim Bales in Prospect on Alcoholics Eponymous

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Making fat jokes about politicians

January 27, 2009 in General


Christian Adams at the Telegraph writes on the challenges of drawing the prime minister and the newspaper’s leader column offers another thought in response. Other papers picked up Christian’s story with Dave Brown of The Independent chipping in here and Martin Rowson popping up on BBC Breakfast.

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Cartoon exhibition: Browned Off!

January 19, 2009 in General

Gordon Brown cartoon by Morten Morland

Gordon Brown cartoon by Morten Morland

The Political Cartoon Gallery’s Tory Blues exhibition has now closed so, in the interests of balance, attention is turned to the Labour Party.
Browned Off! A cartoon exhibition on the first 18 months of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, opens at the gallery on Wednesday (January 21) and runs until March 14.

The show will feature Britain’s top political cartoonists, such as Peter Brookes, Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Nicholas Garland and Christian Adams, and include PCOers Martin Rowson, Morten Morland, Andy Davey and Matt Buck.

Gordon Brown cartoon by Andy Davey

Gordon Brown cartoon by Andy Davey

The Political Cartoon Gallery, at 32 Store Street, London, is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and on Saturdays between 11.30am – 5.30pm.

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