Big drawings from The Big Draw

To spare you lots of pictures of cartoonists bending over tables and displaying their bald spots – with the exception of the Big Girls Drawers team, of course! – we present a selection of details from the seven banners in the Battle of the Cartoonists in the V&A’s Raphael Room. The Private Eye team, captained […]

Prize guys

On Sunday, the winner of the fourth Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story prize was announced as Stephen Collins. His story – In Room 208 – won him £1,000 and a full reprint of the tale in the Observer newspaper. Collins was chosen by a jury that included comic historian and organiser of the Comica festival Paul Gravett, […]

Shortsighted Observer found wanting

The UK’s Observer newspaper relaunched with a “new look” yesterday, and to ensure publicity it grabbed the headlines with a story about the alleged workplace bullying of the Prime Minister. But the revamp also brought with it another controversy: it ditched cartoons. Gone are the funny and colourful spot cartoons by Robert Thompson, which were […]

The future of the newspaper editorial cartoon

Former editor of The Guardian, Peter Preston has written a piece in The Observer newspaper bemoaning the decline in numbers of editorial or political cartoonists being used in newspapers. You can read it here. Preston focuses on recent job losses in the United States, which mirror the speedy decline of the print media there, but […]

Cartoonist of the Year nominations

The nominations for the Press Gazette’s British Press Awards have been announced. The event takes place on Tuesday 31 March. There are seven people in the running for Cartoonist of the Year, and they are as follows: Steve Bell, The Guardian Dave Brown, The Independent Michael Heath, The Mail on Sunday Stan “Mac” McMurtry, Daily […]

PCO Procartoonists – Graphic Novels

The resuts of The Observer’s graphic novel competition are out – and you can download the winning pdfs from this link.UPDATE:24th October 2007The Guardian Media Group generally, appear to be getting interested in drawn narrative…British cartoon talent23rd October 2007 From the PCO (Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation)