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Shrewsbury cartoon: On the road

July 16, 2012 in General, News

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Regular readers will know we have a longtime relationship with the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, the UK’s sole event devoted to the arts of the cartoonist, so we were pleased to see the show going on the road as a part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee.

A team of Noel Ford, Roger Penwill, Steve Bright, John Roberts and Jonathan Cusick, pictured, entertained at an event at RAF Cosford last week.

Jonathan told us:

It wouldn’t surprise me if our stall was genuinely one of the most popular in the hangar, though a drawing was certainly one of the more personal souvenirs available.  Once HM had left, the afternoon became progressively crazier. It was a busy but brilliant event.

Regrettably, no one was able to get close enough for a speedy drawing of the monarch because the queues for cartoons and caricatures were too busy. But when you’ve go pre-existing portraits like the one from Trog (Wally Fawkes), below, who is to worry?

Her Majesty by TROG - Wally Fawkes @procartoonists.org

© TROG - Wally Fawkes @procartoonists.org

And that’s time!

 

Diamond Jubilation

June 1, 2012 in Comment, General

Procartoonists.org_Imagining_the_Diamond_Jubilee © Bill Stott @ procartoonists.org

© Bill Stott @ Procartoonists.org

How one’s Diamond Jubilee might get imagineered.
“ OK. Ideas. Royal Progress. Any? Toby. Yes?”
“Well, erm, they’re both well, erm, getting on a bit, yeah?”
“We know that Toby – ergo the Diamond bit in Jubilee. ”
“Yes, well, erm, I thought that, well, and I mean, well, perish the thought … ”
“That’s four wells Toby.”
“Gosh, sorry, yes, erm, I thought we could get ‘em on a sort of barge thing on the river.”
“Hmmm. Barge, river, yes, good, good. Didn’t the other Elizabeth do this? We’re listening Tobes”
“Erm, well, sorry, but if anything sort of untoward happens, like the, erm, you know, the dying thing, well, they’d be too far away from the bank for anybody to notice. Need strapping in, of course. Maybe a bit of string to keep the old hand waving.”
“Toby, that is mega, and I mean mega! Jocasta! Miles! Make it so! Barge on the river! Brilliant! And if the worst happens, we could have a burial at sea! How bloody royal is THAT? Head of THE maritime nation! Slumbering in the deep! God, this knocks the Falklands into a cocked hat! Get Dave on the blower and tell him he’s safe for another term!”
Imagineering by Bill Stott. You might also enjoy a timely look back at our coverage of the Cartoon Museum’s excellent Her Maj show from earlier this year.
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by Royston

The unofficial jubilee

January 17, 2012 in Events, News

An exhibition called Her Maj: 60 Years of Unofficial Portraits of the Queen will be staged at the Cartoon Museum in London next month.

The museum promises that it will be “teasing, afffectionate and at times downright unflattering — unlike any other Diamond Jubilee exhibition”.

It opens on February 1 and runs until April 8. We’ll have more nearer the time.

Cartoon by Wally Fawkes aka Trog