The Round-up

August 11, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Ian Baker

The writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley reviews the latest Cartoon Museum exhibition, Animal Crackers, and highlights cartoons by members Ian Baker, above, Royston Robertson and Ralph Steadman as being among the best exhibits. Read Brian’s write-up here. The exhibition runs until October 21.

Sticking with animals, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is running an exhibition devoted to  “Cat Art”. The selling show is inspired by the work of Victorian illustrator Louis Wain, and features his work alongside that of four other artists. See the featured paintings and illustrations here.

Quentin Blake and Shaun Tan are to appear at the next Comica Conversation event in London, taking place on August 27 (thanks to for the tip-off).

Comics and cartoons are big internationally, and their creators are compared to rock stars on occasion – even a leading fashion designer harboured dreams of being a cartoonist. All of which raises an often-asked question …

Updated: August 12, 2012:

We are indebted to regular reader and cartoonist Mike Lynch for improving our knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the piece in the Village Voice that we linked to above.

1 response to The Round-up

  1. Mike Lynch makes good points – as we all do from time to time – on the subject of the value of cartoons. There’s a long – held opinion [not a fact, an opinion] that journos don’t like cartoonists for the very flattering reason that a cartoonist can do the job in one picture whilst the journalist blathers on and on and is very jealous of space. Personally, I wouldn’t want my news/events-read to be a mere succession of graphic representations, but I would welcome more cartoons for their own sake. The “i” made all the right noises about this a few months ago, then shot themselves and everybody else in the foot by offering less than the minimum wage for cartoons. Its a pity they weren’t more intelligent about it. They could have started a very welcome flood of good cartoons which might have become a staple in a paper which badly needs more readers. The owner’s down to his last three yachts, apparently.

    The other “value” of cartoons is their ability to de-gas the pompous, and winkle out the liars and evil-doers. That’s valued here in comfy old GB, and the political cartoonists on the main nationals probably get paid more than yer run-of-the-mill gag cartoonists in magazines, because the papers recognize their value and importance – nowhere near as much as in other countries where a cartoon’s value and importance is rated so high that government thugs will come and break your hands for drawing it.

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