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Personal Bests: The Olympic Flame

July 31, 2012 in General, News

Personal Bests cartoon © Rosie Brooks @

"They called him the Olympic Flame because he never, ever went out" © Rosie Brooks @

You can enjoy more of the Personal Bests exhibition from the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival here on the blog for the duration of the Games – or explore more terrific work inside our membership portfolios (the best for the season at anytime).

The Round-up

April 27, 2012 in General, News

Ali Ferzat

Ali Ferzat © Time magazine

Ali Ferzat, the Syrian cartoonist brutally beaten by members of the Assad regime, has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. See the magazine’s reasoning here, and read more about Ferzat in a previous post.

Popeye returns to comics in a new series this month, and the first issue features a variant cover by the Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, which you can see here. Comic Book Resources gives it a positive review and asks for more.

Forbidden Planet last week highlighted the remarkable similarities between the poster design for an upcoming Brit flick and a piece of cover art from 2000AD. The film’s production company has since indicated on Twitter that it has recalled the image, but you can still compare the lookalikes here.

Rosie Brooks, “professional doodler” and Procartoonists member, has won a nine-day trip to Cuba. Increase your sense of envy by reading this.

While not specifically about cartooning, a well thought out piece from the Online Journalism Blog underlines the point that creative people are being routinely pressured into working for free, and that this can harm the industry they work in, as well as their own pockets. Read it here.

The Round-up

February 17, 2012 in Links

Rosie Brooks, a member of the Professional Cartoonists’  Organisation, which runs the Bloghorn, has found a piece of her artwork adorning a US postage stamp. That’s because she painted the guitar that Sir Paul McCartney is pictured with on one of a range of stamps for the animal welfare charity PETA. You can watch Rosie painting the guitar (at high speed) here.

The Christian Institute has latched onto a recent cartoon by The Telegraph’s Matt Pritchett, arguing that his gag reflects public opinion over the recent banning of prayers as part of council meetings. You can read their take on the cartoon here.

Stephen Collins, cartoonist for The Guardian, Prospect, The Spectator and others, has contributed a range of cartoon postcard designs for the Time To Change mental health campaign. See them here.

Forbidden Planet reports here on Marvel’s legal victory over the comic-book writer Gary Friedrich, while The Daily Cartoonist points out that the legal tussle does the publisher no favours with fans.

Lord Baker of Dorking appears on the Panel Borders podcast to discuss his love of cartoons and his contributions to the Cartoon Museum’s latest exhibition, Her Maj.

And finally, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, Life In Hell and Futurama,  has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

by Royston

Cartoons are big fun in Elephant Parade

May 17, 2010 in General

If you have visited London at all over the past few weeks, you can’t fail to have noticed all the painted elephants dotted around the city.

They are there thanks to Elephant Parade, a conservation campaign highlighting the plight of the endangered Asian elephant. More than 250 of the life-size models have been decorated by artists of all disciplines, one of them, above, by cartoonist Rosie Brooks.

Rosie, a member of the Professional Cartoonists Organisation which runs the Bloghorn, told us: “I really enjoyed this project as I was working in a studio with five other artists. It was the two weeks leading up to Christmas last year and we had our own stereo to block out the shopping centre’s jingly christmas music.”

Elefun, Rosie’s elephant, is just inside Green Park, between Green Park Tube and Hyde Park Corner Tube, roughly opposite the Atheneum Hotel. This Saturday (May 22) is Meet the Artists day. Rosie will be next to her elephant from around 10am – 2pm.

Running from May to July 2010, the parade, which is run by the charity Elephant Family, is London’s biggest outdoor art event on record. With an estimated audience of 25 million, they aim to raise £2 million for the Asian elephant and benefit 20 UK conservation charities.

All of the elephants will be sold at auction. You can bid for them online. Rosie’s is on this page: No. 213: Elefun. Mini elephants are available at branches of Selfridges or at the Elephant Parade online shop.

Rosie is no stranger to large-scale charity art projects. She worked on a similar project called Cow Parade, and she painted a model guitar for London Guitar Town. Her design was picked by Sir Paul McCartney. He liked it so much he asked her to paint a real one, which has since made an appearance in his live act.

Rosie Brooks and Sir Paul McCartney at London Guitar Town