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Terry Anderson Voted onto Board of Cartoon Rights Network International

October 2, 2015 in General

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PCO member Terry (check shirt, above) steps up to the mark

Terry  Anderson was recently voted onto the board of Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), the human rights organisation formed specifically to fight the corner of cartoonists whose life, liberty or livelihood is threatened by governments, corporations and extremists.

CRNI are embarking on a drive to increase their capacity and one of the first measures has been to widen the regional representation on their board.

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Here in the UK we are fortunate in that we have not laboured under the perennial threat that exists in the Middle East, the burden of criminal charges that have been levelled against our colleagues by regimes in Ecuador, Malaysia and Turkey or the kind of shocking attacks that occurred in France earlier this year.

Nevertheless, CRNI requires as accurate a picture as possible of the circumstances cartoonists are working in. Any cartoonist experiencing harassment or threat because of their work is more than welcome to contact Terry, in the very strictest confidence of course.

Terry’s presentation for the Scottish Artists Union AGM, “Charlie Hebdo, CRNI & Cartoonists Under Threat”, can be downloaded here.

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Cartoonist Takes the High Road to Cairnstoon

October 2, 2015 in General


PCO member Chris Cairns (together with Greg Moodie) is putting out a book of his cartoons from the Wings Over Scotland blog.

“Welcome to Cairnstoon” reached its crowdfunding goal in less than a week, proving – yet again – that the public’s appetite for quality cartooning is undiminished.

Read more about this cartoon compendium in Chris’ own words here.

Thanks to Terry Anderson.

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Steve Bell on Drawing Jeremy Corbyn

October 2, 2015 in General

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“Karl Marx meets Beatrix Potter”

The Guardian cartoonist and PCO member explains the thinking behind drawing the new Labour leader as a fox.

Continuing the animal theme, pigs, unsurprisingly, get a look in too…

Thanks to Terry Anderson for drawing this video to our attention.

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The New York Times and Editorial Cartoonists

October 2, 2015 in General


Daryl Cagle highlights the irony of the New York Times running a contest for budding editorial cartoonists.

There are two famous, unattributed quotes by NY Times editors:

1) We would never hire an editorial cartoonist because we would never give so much power to one man.

2) We would never hire an editorial cartoonist because you can’t edit an editorial cartoonist like you can a writer.

Adding these comments to a litany of equally depressing examples of the newspaper’s modus operandi, Mr. Cagle’s withering assessment of the New York Times can be found here.

Thanks to Terry Anderson for finding this story.



Cartoonists – Footsoldiers of Democracy at Passion for Freedom Festival

September 28, 2015 in General

THE 2014 FILM Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers Of Democracy (originally: Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la Democratie) was recently shown as part of the Passion For Freedom festival at the Mall Galleries. Passion for Freedom is a non-governmental and voluntary organization gathering professionals working in arts and media. Their first edition of non-profit Festival took place in 2009 in London. Over the last 7 years they have shown more than 350 artworks from all over the world including such countries as China, Iran or Venezuela.

Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers Of Democracy is a film inspired by le Monde cartoonist Jean Plantu’s Cartooning For Peace initiative and it covers the struggles of various cartoonists around the world to be able to practice their freedom of speech against great and terrifying resistance from their respective governments.

The filming was attended by UK cartoonists Glenn Marshall and Simon Ellinas and the lively after-show panel discussion included contributions from cartoon collector and historian Dr Timothy Benson (below).

Caricature of Tim Benson by Simon Ellinas

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Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan Reported Dead by Damascus News Agency

September 22, 2015 in General


Tragically, it appears yet another cartoonist has died at the hands of an oppressive and brutal regime. News reports filtering out of Syria sound grim. More on this awful story can be found on the CRNI website.

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‘Don’t Let It Fool You’ – Noel Ford Exhibition

September 20, 2015 in General


Anyone in the vicinity of Nuneaton between 3rd October and 29th November might care to drop in to an exhibition of the venerable Noel Ford’s cartoons at the Warwickshire town’s Art Gallery & Museum.

The cartoons, though only a dozen or so in number, represent a wide span of the PCO member’s cartooning career, ranging from the early days (single gags published in the Sun), through some from his editorial political/social comment work in the Daily Star and up to one of Noel’s magnificent Punch covers, the cartoon that gave the exhibition its name and can be seen above.

Each cartoon is annotated, giving some background information. (Noel claims he can remember all the cartoons, even though he can’t remember what he had for breakfast this morning!)

All cannot be revealed…

Noel shall be attending on 2nd October to open the exhibition at the private view and unveil a cartoon commissioned by the Museum to commemorate their centenary in 2017.


This cartoon (a small detail of which can be seen above) will then be on display as part of the exhibition until November 29th, after which it will remain as part of the permanent collection.

‘Don’t Let It Fool You’ at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Warwickshire, runs from 3rd October until 29th November 2015.


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The New Tools of The Trade?

September 18, 2015 in General


Is this the future of cartooning and animation?

Glen Keane, a leading Disney animator for four decades, has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination. At Future of Story Telling, Glen shows how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before.

Thanks to Noel Ford for finding this piece.

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“I painted The Last Supper on my bedroom wall”

September 18, 2015 in General

A couple of quick chats with the incomparable Ralph Steadman.

The immensely talented, multi-garlanded artist (and PCO member) discusses his DIY exploits with The Guardian and – slightly less frivolously – his career in this Ten Minute Interview.

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Cartoonists – The Foot Soldiers of Democracy

September 18, 2015 in General


Twelve political cartoonists from around the world discuss a job that requires humour, perseverence and, in many countries, courage in the face of censorship (or worse).

The screening of Stephanie Valloatto’s film “Cartoonists – The Foot Soldiers of Democracy” will be followed by a panel discussion. At the time of writing, three panellists have been confirmed: Dr. Tim Benson, leading political cartoonologist; Agnieszka Kolek, awarded the title of Polish Woman of the Year 2013 in the UK for co-organising and curating Passion for Freedom London Festival. Agnieszka survived the Copenhagen terrorist attack earlier this year; Rachel Alcock from Amnesty International.

This event will take place at The Mall Galleries, London, on 24th September from 7 – 10pm.

More details can be found on the Eventbrite site.