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Personal Bests: Closing ceremony

August 13, 2012 in Events, News

© Sally Artz @

We now return you to our regularly scheduled cynicism …

And so a generation was inspired, to spend all day watching television. Now we must make sure we remember the legacy of the London 2012 Games, and perhaps switch over to The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV.

This is the last of our Personal Bests cartoons, originally seen at last year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. Browse the portfolios for more great cartoons.

Personal Bests: Another Olympics

August 10, 2012 in General, News

Sporting cartoon by The Surreal McCoy

© The Surreal McCoy @

Here’s a Personal Bests cartoon from the imagination of The Surreal McCoy. Browse the portfolios for more by these Olympian cartoonists.

Personal Bests: Drugs

August 10, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests on Drugs © Wilbur Dawbarn @

© Wilbur Dawbarn @

Happily it seems to have been a Games without many obvious drug scandals, but that may just mean they haven’t been caught yet.

More Personal Bests to be found here.

Cartooning: Can I have that idea please?

August 9, 2012 in General, News

One of the prices for the skill of visual thinking is that sometimes other people admire them to the point of purchase, but not for direct attribution.

Private Eye Olympics cover

Private Eye Olympics cover 9th August 2012

The picture above of the cover of the most recent issue of  Private Eye magazine is an example of this. But, er, exclusively, we can reveal the original cartoon behind the mass-market cover page printing.

Olympic_Martian_invasion_on_BBC © Pete Dredge @

© Pete Dredge @

Bright ideas, we’ve often got ’em.

Personal Bests: Legacy of the games

August 9, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests - Olympic Legacy Games © Rupert Besley @

© Rupert Besley @

It is time to consider the legacy of the original Much Wenlock Olympian Games. Personal Bests from the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation.

Personal Bests: Dressage

August 8, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests Dressage cartoon © Chichi Parish @

© Chichi Parish @

The performance aspects of the games make the spectacle. Nice horse boots! More Personal Bests, first displayed at the annual Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.

Personal Bests: All together now

August 7, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests Synchronised swimming at London 2012 Olympics © Ian Baker @

© Ian Baker @

The activities of the bodies beautiful at the London Olympics get ever more extreme as the Games approach their climax. Enjoy other artistic activity with a look back through Personal Bests.

Good and bad news at the Games

August 6, 2012 in General, News

Ralph Steadman Olympics cartoon

© Ralph Steadman for the New Statesman @

The Olympics has presented a problem for hard-bitten, cynical cartoonists, because it has turned out to be something of a Good News Story.

We’ve been keeping an eye on the very latest Olympics cartoons – as well as presenting the Personal Bests exhibition from the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival – and present a round-up here. Be warned though, some of this is very much #NSFW. Or, to use the old parlance, a bit rude in places.

So while the cartoons in the run-up to the Games were a touch cynical …

Mac Olympics cartoon

© Mac for the Daily Mail @

Mike Turner Olympics cartoon

© Mike Turner for Private Eye @

Andrew Birch Olympics cartoon

© Andrew Birch for Private Eye @

And, er, very cynical … [Is this is the #NSFW bit? – Ed]

Martin Rowson Olympics cartoon

© Martin Rowson for the Morning Star @

… as the Games got under way, they became a bit more positive.

Christian Adams Olympics cartoon

© Christian Adams for The Telegraph @

Matt Olympics cartoon

© Matt for The Telegraph @

Matt Buck Hack Olympics cartoon

© Hack (Matt Buck) for MSN @

Most of the cartoons seen here are by members. Don’t forget to check out the portfolios.

Steve Bell Olympics cartoon

© Steve Bell for The Guardian @

Pete Dredge Olympics cartoon

© Pete Dredge @

The Surreal McCoy Olympics cartoon

© The Surreal McCoy for The Spectator @

Alexander Matthews Olympics cartoon

© Alexander Matthews for The Spectator @

Cathy Simpson Olympics cartoon

© Cathy Simpson @

Peter Schrank Olympics cartoon

© Peter Schrank for The Independent @

And while we are considering post-event reaction and interviews …

Dish Olympics cartoon

© Neil Dishington for The Spectator @

Personal Bests: British Winners

August 6, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests British Winners © Clive Goddard @

© Clive Goddard @

As it has turned out we’ve needed more podia (?) to fit them all on. Look out for more Personal Bests during week two of the Olympics.

Personal Bests: Gold!

August 5, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests_Gold! © Noel Ford @

London 2012: It’s Gold! Image extracted from Personal Bests.