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June 4, 2014 in Events, General, Links, News

Never Again, World War One in Cartoon and Comic Art, will be held at the Cartoon Museum

Never Again, World War One in Cartoon and Comic Art, will be held at the Cartoon Museum

Kasia Kowalska writes:

The next exhibition to at the Cartoon Museum in London is titled Never Again and will be on the subject of cartoons drawn during the First World War. It will run from 11 June to 19 October. Until then, there is still time to catch the Spitting Image 30th anniversary exhibitionwhich ends on 8 June.

Private Eye’s Scene & Heard comic strip, by Procartoonists.org member David Ziggy Greene, is to be published in hardback at the end of the month. The cartoonist is currently choosing the 50 strips that will feature.

The artist/cartoonist David Shrigley talks to The Guardian about how it is difficult in the world of fine art to have a comic voice.

Alex Salmond cartoon © Brian Adcock

Alex Salmond cartoon © Brian Adcock. Click to enlarge

The Norfolk-based cartoonist Brian Adcock is celebrating a hat-trick at the Scottish Press Awards this year. He is best known for his political cartoons for The Scotsman and The Independent.

Meanwhile, another political cartoonist, Christian Adams of the Telegraph, has given behind-the-scenes access to his cartooning process via Instagram. And if you have Sky Atlantic, you probably want to tune in at 9pm tonight (4 June) to see For No Good Reason, the documentary about Ralph Steadman.

© Michael Heath. The cartoonist's first ever cartoon for The Spectator

© Michael Heath. The cartoonist’s first ever gag for The Spectator, from 1960

A new Twitter feed has been set up to showcase cartoons from The Spectator, old and new. It kicked off this week with the magazine’s first ever cartoon by Michael Heath, its cartoon editor, from 1960, above.

If you are a fan of the comics artist Dave McKean, do not miss the UK premiere of 9 Lives at the British Library on 6 June. The collection of songs, images and animation was first shown at Sydney Opera House last October and coincides with the Comics Unmasked exhibitionMeanwhile, it has been announced that the 5th International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference will be hosted at the library in July.

Returning to the centenary of the First World War, two other exhibitions open this month: Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour at the British Library, which is to examine how people coped with life during the conflict, and Charley’s War at Durlston Country Park, near Swanage, which will display artwork by Joe Colquhoun from the acclaimed comic strip.

Finally, this is great fun and very clever: the storyboard artist Marty Cooper takes an animated look at ordinary objects.

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December 12, 2013 in General, Links, News

© Peter Brookes @Procartoonists.org

The death of Nelson Mandela inspired poignant tributes from UK cartoonists, among them Peter Brookes in The Times (above), Peter Schrank in The Independent and Christian Adams in The Telegraph. Elsewhere, the South African cartoonist Zapiro tells the BBC a personal anecdote that demonstrates Mandela’s appreciation of satire.

Congratulations to Len Hawkins, who has been named the first-ever recipient of The Spectator’s Michael Heath Award for Cartooning. Already an established gag cartoonist, Len has won a year’s contract with the magazine, an original drawing by Heath, a bottle of gin, and a hand-made pair of shoes from John Lobb, which sponsored the competition.

Bill Watterson, creator of the much-loved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, looks set to be the subject of a feature film from Warner Bros., with Leonardo DiCaprio among its producers.  Visit The Daily Cartoonist for more information. Watterson and his strip were also recently the focus of a documentary film.

According to Forbes, Bitstrips are now being used by French politicians to connect with the electorate. For the PCO‘s view on the popular automated ‘cartoons’, read this previous article.

An invitation from Procartoonists.org

August 27, 2012 in Comment, General, News

UK Professional Cartoonists' @procartoonist.org

© Nathan Ariss @ Procartoonists.org

Following the learned article in the New Statesman magazine pondering the future of cartooning, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation would like to invite the title to follow a suggestion from its companion in current affairs, The Spectator.

We note that inside the edition the New Statesman is asking its readers whether this is something they would like, and we would encourage all to vote yes. Doing so both early and often.

Then we can all look forward to many more happy years of work together, whether our sales are made for pixels, for print or both. Our thanks to Nathan Ariss for the invitation cartoon above. You can find him in our portfolios alongside many others.

by Royston

Cartoons for sale

February 7, 2012 in News

“Ask anyone you meet in the street what the most popular feature of The Spectator is, and they will reply in unison, ‘The cartoons, of course’,” says Michael Heath of the magazine.

Of course, he is a cartoonist and the magazine’s cartoon editor, so he would say that … but the Bloghorn agrees heartily!

Following a succesful exhibition at Browse & Darby in London, The Spectator is now selling cartoons online. Originals and prints, framed and mounted, are up for grabs, including work by gag cartoonists from the PCO.

Visit the online exhibition

Cartoon by Denise Dorrance

Heath on Heath

November 23, 2011 in News

Michael Heath cartoonMichael Heath, cartoon editor at The Spectator is interviewed over at the magazine’s arts blog.

Bloghorn doffs its cap to Mr Heath, who has been commenting on the way we live, in his merciless cartooning style, since 1954. But we can’t quite agree with his pessimistic view of the cartooning profession. The talent is certainly out there.

He’s on safer ground commenting on Britons’ declining sartorial standards, as Bloghorn has noticed what a bunch of scruffs we all are.

Read the blog: Heath on Heath

by Royston

Cartoon Pick of the Week

September 25, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 25th September 2009.

One: Peter Brookes in The Times on the special relationship

Two: Nicholas Garland in The Daily Telegraph on
a very public crash

Three: Len Hawkins in The Spectator on paranoid parenting

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by Royston

Cartoon Pick of the Week

September 11, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 11th September 2009.

One: Colin Whittock in the Birmingham Mail: Missing the old days

Two: Steve Bell in The Guardian: A sick joke

Three: Gordon Gurvan (GG) in The Spectator:
And what do you do?

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

July 31, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 31st July 2009.

One: Mike Williams in The Spectator: “Excuse me, could you pass me that magazine?”

Two: Martin Rowson in The Guardian: Waiting for the Iraq inquiry

Three: Morten Morland in The Times: Too many twits

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

July 10, 2009 in Links, News

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 10th July 2009.

One: Christian Adams in The Telegraph on the chase for the pink vote

Two: Hector Breeze in The Spectator: “It is suggested that one reign for a bit without pay.”

Three: And finally, Peter Brookes in The Times on trouble at No. 11

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Cartoon Pick of the Week

April 3, 2009 in General

Bloghorn spotted this great work during this week ending the 3rd April 2009.

One: Adam Singleton in The Spectator on another exclusive for Jade Goody.

Two: Viz comic contributes to the bankers bonuses debate in Sir Fred Goodwin the Fat Cat (web preview).

Three: Something a little different: Patrick Blower in the Guardian draws some cartoon reportage of the G20 Protests.

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