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Young Cartoonist of 2011

November 29, 2011 in Comment

The winner in the under-30s category in the Young Cartoonist of the Year contest, organised by the British Cartoonists’ Association, is Joe Mounsey, 25.

Joe Mounsey cartoon

The BCA chairman Martin Rowson, also a PCO member, told the Bloghorn that Joe so little expected to win that he arranged to go to Berlin for work on the night of the awards ceremony. His award will be picked up by a friend.

The awards will be handed out at the Cartoon Art Trust Awards at the Mall Galleries in London this Thursday (December 1). Jasper Ashton-Nelson, 13, has already been named as winner in the under-18s group.

The Cartoon Art Trust is the organisation that runs the Cartoon Museum, and its annual fundraising awards ceremony (the museum does not receive public funding) is now in its 17th year. Awards will also be given to cartoonists working in newspapers and magazines.

And the winner is…

January 31, 2011 in News

Congratulations to the winner of our January competition.

Mark_Bryant_WW2_in_cartoons @ http://www.thebloghorn.org for the UK Professional Cartoonists Organisation

Mark Bryant WW2 in cartoons

We hope Stuart Cooper will enjoy his copy of Mark Bryant’s excellent book – World War 2 in cartoons. Stuart correctly answered questions one, two and three and in strictly sequential order those answers were:

Question 1. Careless Talk (profile)

Question 2. Bruce Bairnsfather (profile)

Question 3. Ronald Searle (profile)

The book is now winging its way to our victorious reader in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Thanks to everyone who entered and we are sorry there could only be one victor this time.

January Monday Prize Competition No3

January 24, 2011 in Comment

It is time for the last question in our January Monday quiz.

Mark_Bryant_WW2_in_cartoons @ http://www.thebloghorn.org for the UK Professional Cartoonists Organisation

Mark Bryant WW2 in cartoons

You can win a copy of Mark Bryant’s excellent book – World War 2 in cartoons.

Answer questions one, two and three before Friday 28th January. Email the editor the correct answers and you’ll go into a prize draw for the illustrated book. The winner will be announced next Monday.

The draw will be conducted in an old paint pot at one of Bloghorn’s many residences and the editor’s decision will be final. Bloghorn regrets entrants are restricted to UK based applicants. There will be a winner by the end of the month.

And at last, here is question three

“Which renowned British cartoonist was incarcerated in Japanese prisoner of war camps in Singapore and Burma?

Email your answers to all three questions to the editor by Friday 28th January to enter. Good luck!

Free expression for winning cartoonist

March 31, 2010 in General

PCO member Alex Matthews has been declared the first winner of the Free Expression Cartoon Contest by the Council for Secular Humanism.

The theme for the competition was Religion, and Alex’s prize-winning entry (above) netted him $2500 (£1650). Pulitzer-prize winning judge Steve Benson said of the cartoon:

Wickedly humorous, brutally direct, effectively and simply rendered. A stinging indictment of the Catholic Church’s pedophilic priest scandal that allows absolutely no room for the predictable apologetic defense. Left me laughing and wincing at the same time!

Alex, who originally sold the cartoon to Private Eye, where it provoked a couple of angry letters, told the Bloghorn:

I thought it was a pretty strong and controversial cartoon but this was a massive surprise for me, particularly as I had forgotten I entered this competition!

Religion, seen from my atheist perspective, is a favourite of subject of mine, so it is great to get some kind of recognition for a cartoon I am genuinely proud of.

Our congratulations to Alex on his win.

Ken Sprague International Cartoon Competition 2010

February 3, 2010 in General

The 2008 winning entry from Mikhail Zlatkovsky

Entries are being sought for the 2010 International Political Cartoon Competition. The biennial competition is run by the Ken Sprague Fund, which was set up to commemorate the life and work of Ken Sprague, who died in 2004.

John Green, organiser of the competition told Bloghorn:

This year’s biennial Ken Sprague International Political Cartoon Competition is titled, ironically, Money Makes the World go Round. We are asking cartoonists to respond to this assertion in the way cartoonists can do best: mock it, take it apart, undermine it, sabotage it, question it and deflate it with their pens and brushes. We had such an enormous response to the last competition on Climate change and global warming, revealing an astounding quality of ideas and cartooning panache. We hope this year will see a similar high standard on a subject that affects us all. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by the North Devon Appledore Arts Festival and a selection of the best cartoons will be exhibited there.

Prizes wll be awarded for first, second and third, along with a special ’emerging artist’ award for 16-22 year olds. The deadline for submissions is the 1st May 2010.

Amazon announces Comic Strip Superstar contest

August 19, 2009 in Comment

Internet book retailer amazon.com and US comic publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing have launched a new contest to search for a new Comic Strip Superstar. Following two elimination rounds a panel of comic strip luminaries including Doonesbury‘s Gary Trudeau will select 10 finalists, and the winner will be picked by a vote by amazon.com customers. The winner will receive a publishing contract, a $5000 (approx £3000) advance and a monthly stipend to develop 20 further strips.

For more details see here and you can read the official rules here. The deadline for all submissions is Saturday 12th September. Although the contest is being hosted by the US version of amazon.com, it is open to customers from a further 23 countries, including the UK.

V&A Comic illustrator selected

February 11, 2009 in News

Karen Rubins has been selected for the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s first comic illustrator residency, as mentioned previously in Bloghorn. Karen, who draws in a manga style was also placed as a runner-up in last years Japanese Embassy’s Manga Jiman 150 Competition.

(via Forbidden Planet).

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