The Round-up

January 20, 2014 in General, Links, News

Dave Brown Ariel Sharon cartoon

© Dave Brown of The Independent @

Kasia Kowalska writes:

The death of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon inspired cartoonists on all sides of the political debate. Sharon was famously the subject of a highly controversial award winning cartoon, above, which was based on Goya’s Saturn Devouring his Son. This image sparked a complaint from the Israeli Embassy, but not everyone took such a hard line, as Daniel Estrin explains.

More straight talking was provided by Alan Moore and Lance Parkin, in conversation about the recently published biography of Moore, Magic Words. Pádraig O’Méalóid is compelled to ask more about what followed.

George and Pat Walker, the couple whose extensive collection of original artwork can currently be seen at the Cartoon Museum in London are profiled by their local paper in Oxfordshire. Staying local, the Shropshire Star previews this year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, which takes place on 26 April.

Is art as much a technical as an artistic undertaking? And can anyone with a tablet or a computer really be an artist? Tyler Hellard pondered both questions in the digital age. Cutting straight to the point was the Canberra Times cartoonist Pat Campbell, who is simply enjoying the rewards of making a change.

Pat Campbell cartoon

© Pat Campbell of the Canberra Times @

Everyone likes a snoop around cartoonists’ studios, as this blog post by Countess Tea shows. The Daily Cartoonists detected a trend in the photographs: the demise of the traditional drafting table.

In a date for your diary, the Laydeez Do Comics graphic novel forum returns to Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London, on 20 January . Expect talks by Isabel Greenberg, Penelope Mendonça and Dr Geraldine Perriam. The long-running forum was set up in 2009 by Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman.

Finally, spare a thought for Shia LaBeouf who has now announced his retirement from public life following his expeditions in comics plagiarism.

11 responses to The Round-up

  1. He certainly divided opinion and feed the belief that he flaunted his power regardless of his fellow man’s plight. Too soon to say how strong his legacy will remain but we can all agree Shia was a heck of a guy.

  2. No argument there David.

    The image involved was one of the last times I can recall a traditional ‘editorial’ cartoon causing a ‘storm of public opinion’. Perhaps social media has ended that role in the national conversation. What do you think?
  3. I think Gerald Scarfe may beg to differ, Matt, having whipped up his own storm on Holocaust Memorial Day this time last year. 

    But I’m not sure which role you’re referring to above? The controversial cartoonist role, or the role of the outraged public? Both can be played very effectively through social media, but I’m not sure I’d see either as a source of regret. 
  4. Regarding the current show at the Cartoon Museum, the Walkers’ is a lovely story and that’s a nice piece with illustrations from the Banbury Guardian, thanks (for some reason, but not to worry, the link above that to the Cartoon Museum brings up only Page Not Found for me). I’m sorry that I look unlikely to be able to get up to this before it closes in late Feb, which would be my loss. There’s some fine stuff there, all my favourite cartoonists, including things by Jonathan C that are fabulous beyond words.

  5. excellent roundup. David Z G, I fear that your wit was too subtle for these herberts.

  6. Oi, oi, oi, not true at all. This herbert, for one, much enjoyed the joke.Now, can somebody tell me why anyone else here can be as rude as they like without let or hindrance, whereas my kindly words sit in abeyance for 3 days or more, awaiting moderation, whatever that is? Happened to me last time. It’s like being made to wait outside the head’s study each time I utter a word.

  7. Hmmm. Good points all, but I can’t help thinking that the editorial cartoon says things more strongly than social media chattering. Which is why some states are eager to break the hands of editorial cartoonists. Social media is shot through with the inconsequential chit-chat.of social media addicts .That’s not to say that its all inconsequential – it isn’t , but there’s nothing chit-chatty or inconsequential about Dave’s cartoon., and because its there, on its own, the viewer is singularly confronted.

  8. Curiouser and curiouser: in the last five days I’ve left 2 perfectly innocent and inoffensively phrased comments here that then had imposed upon them the line ‘awaiting moderation’. This morning they vanished. Then they came back. Now they’ve gone again. Why?

  9. PS Looking again, I see that if I log in first (as I have now), my comments from last week are gone. But if I go direct to this page without logging in, the comments are there and still awaiting moderation. Have I got this wrong – I thought anyone could comment here without logging in? I guess this must be me misunderstanding how this works.

  10. The low whistle of the desert wind as tumbleweed er tumbles past…………

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