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Springtime for cartoonists in Shrewsbury

February 25, 2013 in Events, General, News

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Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival @ Procartoonists

We are very pleased to be able to list the cartoonist attendees at this year’s Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.

They are: Huw Aaron, Charlie Adlard, Dean Alston, Nathan ArissIan BakerRupert Besley, Steve Best (Bestie), Andrew Birch, John Clark (Brick), Matthew Buck (Hack), Steve Chadburn, Jonathan CusickWilbur DawbarnPete Dredge, Noel FordClive Goddard, Tim HarriesJohn Landers,  Alexander MatthewsRob Murray, Chichi Parish, Roger Penwill, Helen Pointer, John RobertsRoyston Robertson, Chris Ryder, Bill Stott,  Cathy SimpsonRich Skipworth and The Surreal McCoy. The festival patrons Libby Purves and Alex Lester will also be attending.

We will be publishing details of the itinerary over the next few weeks ahead of the festival’s first events. The main weekend for the live cartooning and other public events is 19-21 April. Get it into your diaries!

Shrewsbury Cartoon 2011 – Who’s going?

March 31, 2011 in Events, News

Bloghorn can announce the full line up of attending Cartoonists for the 2011 Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.
More than 40 of the finest cartoonists from the UK are this year joined by Graeme Keyes, Tom Matthews, Jim Cogan, Tom Halliday and Jon Berkeley our guests from Ireland.

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

Three cartoon exhibitions – Joking for Gold by GilesPersonal Bests – and Give us a Sporting Chance open next week in the town and the Smile-A-Thon Trail will lead visitors from venue to venue.

Ian Ellery, Andy Gilbert, Angela Martin and Paul Hardman will be running the free drawing workshops while Jacky Fleming and Chichi Parish will be playing script doctors in a series of Cartoon Clinics. (Get the details on our map.)

And after all the drawing education Gill Hudson , Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest, along with Martin Colyer, the magazine’s Design Director, and Steve Way, Cartoon Editor, will be offering an advice session for aspiring artists called What Makes a Good Cartoon? and Cath Tate will talk about Getting Published.

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Caricaturists Alex HughesTim LeatherbarrowJohn Roberts and Helen Martin will be plying their skills in the Square alongside The Big Boards.

And this is where you’ll find Bill StottPete DredgeSteve BrightMartin HoneysettMatt Buck (Hack Cartoons)Royston Robertson, The Surreal McCoy, Robert DuncanRosie BrooksCathy SimpsonJanis GoodmanClive GoddardNathan Ariss and Steve Best all of whom will be making enormous cartoons over the course of Friday and Saturday.

Dr Nick Hiley from the British Cartoon Archive will be talking about his day job of saving great art for the nation while Andy Davey of The Sun and Peter Schrank of The Independent will be going head-to-head over matters of contemporary news and politics.

We can‘t disclose what the the script of the  live Melodrawma is but we understand Roger Penwill, Bill Stott, Noel Ford and Pete Dredge will all be involved.

Bloghorn has made a handy Shrewsbury calendar to help you plan your way around the events of the weekend of 16th and 17th April. It should go nicely with our map.

It will be a packed weekend with a lively and growing fringe of unofficial events and many other visiting artists. If you are planning to come along, please let us know in the comments.

Shrewsbury Tourism can help you out with advice on accomodation and transport. Bloghorn says see you there.


Workshops at Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2010

May 5, 2010 in Events, News

The Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival doesn’t actually finish at the end of the weekend.

Exhibitions continue in venues across the town and organisers run workshops for people keen to explore the skills of drawing and communication.


Cartoonist Wilbur Dawbarn ran one of these events and here are photos from his workshops. Bloghorn thanks Shropshire Council’s event development team for passing these along to us.


Some of the work produced will be displayed at the town’s Wakeman School and Arts College at the end of June.

An informant tells Bloghorn that Wilbur let slip he sometimes “meditated” on a subject for a cartoon while having a lie-in in the mornings. One of the older ladies immediately produced a cartoon of him lounging in bed – you can see it below.

"It's nice to finish the day's work before breakfast!"

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