The Inking Woman

May 2, 2017 in General


Photo courtesy of Cath Tate Cards

The Surreal McCoy writes:

At long last the legacy of women cartoonists and comic artists is celebrated at the Cartoon Museum in London in a wide-ranging exhibition called The Inking Woman.

Bringing together original artwork spanning 250 years, from 18th century caricatures to modern graphic novels, the exhibition is a celebration of the vibrancy and variety of women’s cartoon and comic expression in the UK. It also includes the PCO’s very own Sally Artz, Kate Charlesworth and The Surreal McCoy. With plenty of editorial and strip cartoons from magazines and newspapers, postcards, graphic novels, comics, digital comics and zines as well as panel gags, it is the largest exhibition of its kind to date.


The exhibition runs from now until the 23rd July 2017 at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH


Visit The Cartoon Museum website

Millennium Basin by Kate Charlesworth (originally published by the Guardian)

Excerpt from a graphic memoir by Kate Charlesworth (work in progress)


Rejected Punch cover 1972 by Sally Artz


The Surreal McCoy cartoon originally published by Prospect magazine

Sally Artz portfolio

Kate Charlesworth portfolio

The Surreal McCoy portfolio



4 responses to The Inking Woman

  1. oooooooh, Sandi Toksvig (sp?)

  2. Went to the opening and it’s a great show, well worth seeing.

    Sandi Toksvig did a speech from the upstairs gallery, the vantage point at which the above photo was later taken, opening with “It’s so nice to be able to talk down to people for a change …”
  3. I’ll be able to have a look during our Committee meeting at the gallery on the 9th. Its a more than timely show. I’ve banged on for ages about the blokey imbalance in UK cartooning. Looking at all those artists, there really shouldn’t be one. Sadly, as with all cartoonists, so much depends on the whims of our blinkered publishing industry.

  4. Comics and other forms of cartooning are better – perhaps not equal, but closer to it – than political cartooning, which remains hopelessly entrenched in a white, male, middle-aged, middle-class mode. I suspect editorship of our news media has to diversify somewhat first before positions will be given to similarly diverse cartoonists. But in almost any other industry red flags would be getting waved and HR would be intervening aggressively.

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