How did you get started in cartooning?

The latest ‘Cartoonist Q&A’ video by PCO Chair-human Clive Goddard is now up on PCO TV for your consumption but ‘just for a bit o fun’ before watching, how many of the above cartoonists can you identify from their archive photos? (ok it’s a bit easier with those youngsters) Clive’s excellent previous ‘Cartoonist Q&A’ interviews are […]

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2022 – Pier Review

Photo by © Kasia Kowalska Glenn Marshall writes: Welcome to the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2022 photo gallery. We’re indebted to photographer Kasia Kowalska for capturing the live drawing event on the pier and many thanks also for the added contributions from other snappers. Photo by © Kasia Kowalska Boris Johnson joined us from one […]

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2022 line up

Royston Robertson writes: The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is under way and is promising the usual fun in the sun with plenty of laughs for its ninth event. Some of the walls at the Beach creative exhibition. This year’s theme is “Crossing the Line” and an exhibition with that title is now on at Beach […]

Cartoonists get stylish

Clive Goddard writes: If there’s one thing cartoonists know about it’s style. Famously dapper, well-dressed types-about-town, they constantly turn heads and the occasional stomach. This video, however, is all about their drawing styles. Whether that be simple, complex, colourful, sparse, messy, splattery or obsessionally neat and tidy we cover all bases. Some of us also […]

Can cartoons be both funny – and diverse?

Cartoon © Nick Newman By Nick Newman and courtesy of The Spectator.  Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand […]

A Peer at Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2021

A carousel of cartoonists. Photo by © Ray Covey Apologies for the late running of our usual photo gallery of the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival but pictures were delayed by the HGV lorry driver shortage…so blame Brexit/Covid. Join me now as we take a not-so virtual tour up the pier… Photo by © Jason Hollingsworth The […]

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival Sets Sail Again

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is back this year. We weren’t able to gather in 2020 for obvious reasons, and when we meet again this summer we will sadly be missing some friends including festival co-organiser Steve Coombes who passed away last December. His tireless enthusiasm and joi de vivre will be missed so much at the […]

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2019 launch countdown

This year’s poster was created for the festival by © Marf. Sue Austen (Festival Organiser) writes: The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival has landed for another year. This is the seventh consecutive festival in the lovely Kent seaside town. The theme for this year is Fly Me to the Moon referencing the fiftieth anniversary of the […]

Contains Male Nudity – The Privates View

Away from the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival proper was the exhibition improper ‘Contains Male Nudity’ which is still running at One New Street Gallery. PCO’s intrepid senior staff photographer Kasia Kowalska was at the ‘Privates View’ to cover events as they unfolded. Readers are warned that some of the following content may be of an adult nature. […]