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The Round-up

February 10, 2012 in Links


The big story in cartooning this week unfolded in the US, as a large number of editorial cartoonists took issue with The New York Times for soliciting cartoons on-spec (see No!Spec for useful background on this issue).

Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, has denied it is unhappy with comparisons between their hapless inventor character and Labour leader Ed Miliband in cartoons by Times cartoonist Peter Brookes. Responding to press reports that had claimed it was concerned about damage to its brand, Aardman said the cartoons are ‘great fun’. A piece in The Telegraph goes further, suggesting that Miliband should be flattered by the comparison.

When singer-songwriter Ryan Adams banned photography from his latest tour, the St. Louis Riverfront Times sent an illustrator along instead.

In Morocco, an 18-year-old has appeared in court after posting caricatures of King Mohammed VI on Facebook.

Royal Mail has unveiled a new set of Roald Dahl stamps, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

And there’s more on the Cartoon Museum‘s alternative Jubilee show, Her Maj, as curator Anita O’Brien guides Culture24 though the exhibition.

Oh say, can you see that II?

June 14, 2010 in Comment

Following our recent post on Apple and control of digital content, The New York Times reports on another example of editing of drawn content. These issues around the suitablity of content mirror old arguments about what can be published in print. They are now being fought over what is acceptable inside the digital applications published on Apple Computer’s distribution systems.

Caricaturist David Levine dies

December 30, 2009 in Comment

David Levine, since 1963 caricaturist for the New York review of Books, has died. You can read an obituary from the New York Times and scroll through a short slideshow about him here. The Review of Books has an excellent archive of his work from the 1960s to the present day available here.


Updated: 31st Jan 2009. Bloghorner Steve Bell has a tribute to Levine published in The Guardian.

Cartoonists solve knotty visual problems

March 18, 2009 in Comment

Ever had problems with with that spaghetti of tangled-up cables? Christoph Niemann certainly has and here illustrates his frustrations for the New York Times using a novel approach involving cartoons and wire.