New patrons for Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2010

Comedian, TV host and and cartoon fan Phill Jupitus has given his public support to this year’s upcoming Shrewsbury cartoon festival by signing up as a patron of the annual event. Phill and broadcaster Libby Purves will also be joined by BBC Radio 2 DJ Alex Lester. The Festival’s full programme for 22-25 April is now available […]

How cartoons help us cope

Libby Purves, patron of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, which runs the Bloghorn, writes in the Times today about how cartoons help us confront the dark side of human nature: Cartoon grotesques let us face the real horrors Above: Libby chats to the Guardian’s Steve Bell, creator of more than his fair share of cartoon grotesques, […]

Praise for British cartoons

A Telegraph reader praises British cartooning in response to last week’s article by PCO patron Libby Purves. Bloghorn endorses and approves any comments about how marvellous British cartoonists are, though we would not agree with the Telegraph reader’s view on cartoons in “continental newspapers”, having just returned from the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival. An acclaimed […]

Bloghorn patron raises laughs and money

PCO patron Libby Purves raised lots of laughs on Radio 4’s Stand-up With the Stars, as well as raising money for charity. But sadly she was not the winner – that honour went to fellow Radio 4 presenter Peter White. Listeners decided the winner by a telephone vote. Proceeds from the vote raised money for […]

Who’s going to Shrewsbury 2009

With a little over six weeks to go until the start of the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival, the full list of cartoonists in attendance has been revealed. British cartoonists taking part this year will include Neil Dishington, Noel Ford, Pete Dredge, Andy Davey, Bill Stott, Martin Honeysett, Steve Bright, Steve Best, Tim Harries, John Roberts, […]

Bloghorn patron stands up

PCO patron Libby Purves made her attempt for competitive stand up comedy glory on BBC Radio 4 and you can watch a clip of her in action here.

Why bother with cartoons? Ask an expert

“Cartoonists always go cheerfully and happily straight to the heart of the issue, or the trend, or the argument: they are wise, because they have seen the truth about life, which is that at the heart of everything there lies a joke.” Libby Purves, columnist, broadcaster and patron of the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival. British […]

Shrewsbury Festival events – the art of reverse caricature

Caricature is the art of exaggerating the features of the face while retaining the identity of the person being drawn. Reverse caricaturing is the art of giving someone the body they may, or may not, desire. Here, one of the PCO’s patrons, Libby Purves, gets reinvented as a bunny girl.British cartoon talent From the PCO […]