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A song and dance about cartooning

September 21, 2009 in General

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Cartoonists in the UK have much in common with our colleagues throughout the world, and we keep in touch via international competitions and festivals, but what we in the UK are sadly missing, unlike our friends in France, is … a song!

Yes, Feco France have written their own song in praise of the noble art of cartooning. (Feco is the Federation of Cartoonists’ Organisations, of which the PCO, the people behind The Bloghorn, is a member.) The song is très French, but is rather wistful and pleasant. You can listen to it online, complete with animated pencils, here. And you can read about it and check out the lyrics, in French, here.

Sadly, this writer dropped French at O-level and has not a clue what is being sung, other than that the word liberté occurs rather a lot. An online translation does not help, there appears to be a lot of stuff about “mines”. Something has surely got lost in translation.

Anyway, it seems our gallic chums have set us a challenge. How do we UK cartoonists come up with our own song? If anyone out there has any good ideas for lyrics, themes, and the kind of tune we need (no blues songs, please) then add your comments below …

Thanks to PCOer Roger Penwill for the spot.

Cartoonists out and about in Europe

June 23, 2009 in General

PCOer Tayo Fatunla was an invitee to the recent Nostrum Cartoon Festival in Mallorca and also recently seen abroad was Graham Fowell at Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands.

This festival which is held in the Markienzenhof national museum also houses a permanent exhibition of satirical art. Graham reports:

Attending cartoonists and their companions spent the evening(s) doing what socialising international cartoonists do – i.e. trying to speak bits of each other’s language whilst waving about and drawing increasingly blurred caricatures of each other.

“Plus ça change”, thinks one of Bloghorn’s continental cousins. Full event details of Bergen are here in translation.