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by Royston

Tony and the tiger

November 15, 2010 in General, News

The cartoonist Tony Husband may be well known for his love of the tortoise, but he also has plenty of time for a much-loved and endangered animal: the tiger.

Tony has got together with a poet and a musician to organise a charity gig in aid of the wild tiger. Known as the Roar Collective, they have put together an evening of stand-up poetry, music and cartoons to be held on Monday 29 November at the Screen on the Green in Islington, London.

They have also created a promotional video, above, in the style of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, featuring Tony’s cartoons. Proceeds from the gig will go to the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) which campaigns against the illegal trade in wildlife and the destruction of the natural environment.

Tony told the Bloghorn: “Ive been involved with the EIA for many years and thought it would be a good idea to organise a Save the Tiger gig for them, as this beautiful creature is close to extinction.

“With poet Dan Cockrill and musician Sean Taylor we found a venue and asked our poet and musician friends to get involved. Dan and I worked on a poem with cartoons and Sean provided the music. We’ll be performing it on the night.”

Tony is no stranger to cartoons in a live setting, having toured extensively with the poet Ian McMillan.

The wild tiger is close to extinction. The population has fallen from more than 100,000 a hundred years ago, to little over 3,000 today. Debbie Banks from the EIA said: “Saving the wild tiger is not rocket science. Populations can recover if given protection from poachers. Ending the tiger trade is good for tigers and good for other Asian big cats.”

The gig will feature several acts, including the poet John Hegley and the Mercury Prize-nominated jazz group Polar Bear. Tickets cost £15 and can be bought via

by Royston

Local cartoons for local people

April 14, 2009 in General

Cartoon © Tony Husband

The BBC Magazine website has an interview with cartoonist Tony Husband, in which he talks about his drawings celebrating the humble village hall. The cartoons are the fruit of his ongoing tour with performance poet Ian McMillan, which we covered here on Bloghorn last September.

Cartoons and poetry meet on stage

September 9, 2008 in General

PCOer Clive Goddard on a unique cartooning event

It’s not every day you hear of a comedy double-act show featuring a poet and a cartoonist. I recently got a ticket for such an event at the Cornerstone Theatre, Didcot.

The cartoonist in question was Tony Husband, whose work I’ve admired for years, and the poet was TV and radio’s Ian McMillan, (“the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry”) best known for appearances on the likes of Have I Got News For You.

The pair have been touring their show around large chunks of the country for several years now. It was billed as “A Cartoon History of Here” which intrigued me as I imagined these two Lancashire blokes would know very little about Didcot, an Oxfordshire dormitory town with a railway station, a power station and not much else. As it turned out, they did know very little about Didcot – that’s where the audience came in.

Right from the off Ian McMillan was very funny. He did an excellent job of making everyone feel very relaxed, which was just as well considering the audience participation which was to follow. We had to wait a while for Tony’s contribution. For the first half hour or so he sat anonymously behind a desk at the back, like the Pet Shop Boys’ keyboard player.

The idea, it emerged, was for Ian to elicit ideas (preferably silly ones) about the town from the audience, which were turned into an improvised communal poem, acted out by lucky volunteers and illustrated by Tony’s cartoons.

Tony drew on sheets of acetate directly onto an overhead projector so we got to see how fast he drew – and thought (both of which were pretty damn fast). The style was relaxed, confident and instantly recognisable, which is what you’d expect of someone who has been Cartoonist of the Year several times.

At the end of the evening Tony gave away his drawings to an appreciative group of clamouring young fans, which meant I didn’t get one.

All in all, a great idea and great fun. As was the remainder of the evening in the pub where we fearlessly grilled the pair on their intimate lives and learned nothing. Well, nothing printable.

Thanks, Clive. Bloghorn says click G for Goddard.

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