The Round-up

Kasia Kowalska writes: It’s clearly not an impossible task to pick your all-time favourite cartoons but Bob Mankoff of The New Yorker has had a go at the advanced level of difficulty. You can see some of our members tried it once too with Ten Great Cartoonists. Elsewhere, the admirable Joe Gordon takes on the might of […]

The Round-up

  A new documentary is being planned about anarchic TV icon Frank Sidebottom (aka Chris Sievey). In the guise of Frank, Sievey contributed strips to Oink! in the late 1980s. Director Steve Sullivan says the film “will cover Chris and Frank’s whole career, including focusing on his work as a comic creator and illustrator.” Sullivan […]

How to protect your work in public

Following on from our recent post about copyright, here‘s some straightforward advice from Silvia Baumgart, Programme Manager at Own-it, about how a cartoonist (or any other kind of artist) can protect their work online and elsewhere: Sadly, it is practically impossible to ensure that work appearing on the internet is not being downloaded, copied or amended […]

Ten things you might not know <p>about copyright</p>

Our man Rob Murray attended a recent talk by Silvia Baumgart of Own-it, based at the University of the Arts London (UAL). Own-it advises creative practitioners and small businesses on intellectual property matters. Over to Rob: The session focused in particular on copyright and the increasing need for artists and illustrators to protect their work […]

Copyright with laughs

This was spotted by Procartoonists.org member Tim Harries. It features on the Paper Wings Podcast, which says: This video is a real world, straight-shootin’ explanation of copyright law given at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year. Josh Wattles is the adviser-in-chief to deviantART and is a funny lawyer (imagine that) who describes the nature of […]

From Gin Lane to the Information Superhighway…

Cartooning and copyright have a long history together. The very first visual copyright law – The Engravers’ Copyright Act of 1734 – was prompted by artist and engraver William Hogarth and his battles with unscrupulous printmakers who made unlicensed copies of his work. Of course, the surplus of supply made his originals, or any licensed prints of them less […]

Does my cartoon look big in this?

If a cartoon is visual communication, legibility is key to every image that needs to use words. But technology can be disruptive, of course. And so, to The Guardian website for some proof: Reader reaction: I need a bigger cartoon for legibility In a similar vein: What’s the point in employing a great cartoonist … […]

Free copyright seminar

Our friends at the Creators’ Rights Alliance and Consumer Focus are holding a joint seminar on copyright for artists and illustrators to which Bloghorn would like to bring to your attention. It is being held at The Free Word Centre in central London on Tuesday 21st February from 10-5.30pm. You can download the full PDF details […]