Monday, April 29, 2019

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2019

I drew a Big Board at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival last weekend. That's me, above, with John Landers in the background. This year we were all indoors, at the Darwin Shopping Centre, a last-minute change as a result of so-called Storm Hannah. 

This is the finished board. Click to enlarge. The theme was "Animals" so I drew some animal-related cartoons with, inevitably, a Brexit slant. People laughed, always the hoped-for reaction, because I think everyone is quite exasperated by Brexit whether Remainer or a Leaver. It's not the first time I've done a board full of Brexit cartoons. Here's one from the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival in 2017. I may well do more, the way things are going ...

We made it to the Shropshire Star! Including a reappearance for my Dog's Pollocks cartoon, bottom. Click images to enlarge.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cartoons to the rescue!

Cartoons can be used to lift any subject matter that is complex, serious, dry or any of the above. Here is a selection of cartoons from business publications that cover insurance, law, technology, corporate finance, waste management and the health service.

And here's an excerpt from some live drawing during a talk at a business conference. The subject here was cyber-security, another potentially tricky one ...

If you need cartoons for business publications, websites, reports or live events email me.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons

I have a few cartoons in The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons, which is out now. All previously published in The New European, New Statesman and Private Eye. The ideal Christmas gift for the leaver and/or remainer in your life, it's on Amazon here.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bumper cartoon selection!

Here's a bumper selection of cartoons published in magazines such as Private Eye, The Spectator and Prospect over recent months. In other words, it's the obligatory "I haven't updated this blog for ages" post!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Cartoons for The New European

Here's a selection of cartoons published in The New European newspaper. All, as you might imagine, are on Brexit and related issues, such as the distrust of mainstream media and the potential rise of a new centrist political party.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Another sequel to "Life imitating cartoons"

I have written many posts here about life imitating cartoons, where things I have drawn happen in real life. (See them all by clicking here.)

This cartoon (rejected) was drawn last week ... before the same gag was used by the host at the #Oscars last night. Note to Jimmy Kimmel: I am available for next year's ceremony.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Strip for Hourly Comic Day 2018

I had another go at doing an #HourlyComicDay strip.

Click to see larger versions of page one and page two.

Hourly Comic Day, which happens every year on February 1, involves, logically enough, drawing a comic panel or panels every hour for all the hours you are awake and sharing it on social media.

This is the first time I've done it since 2015, which was the first one I did. You can see that here. It was later published in the anthology Dirty Rotten Comics.

I managed to do it on the actual day this year, rather than a day late, and I completed it before I went to bed this time! It was pretty exhausting though, as this year I was also determined to make it a full two-page strip with the addition of some double-size panels.

As ever, it's a bit rough around the edges and there's plenty I would change, but that is the nature of the project, drawing and publishing quickly without refining too much.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Season's greetings ...

This cartoon is one of Private Eye magazine's Christmas cards this year. Throughout December I have been posting Christmas cartoons old and new on my Twitter page.

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Merry Christmas to you all.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nursing Standard cartoons

I draw cartoons weekly for Nursing Standard magazine. As you might expect, they often link with stories in the news. Here are a few examples from recent months.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween cartoon: Scary technology

Here's a halloween cartoon drawn for an article on the eeDesignIt website which argues that we should "forget vampires, ghouls and monsters under the bed. What’s really scary is the pace of technology hurtling towards us at 1,000mph."

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Brexit and fake news at Herne Bay Cartoon Festival

Pic: Kerry Riley

Here's me -- suppressing that moment of panic when faced by a huge blank board -- at the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, which I helped organise, on Sunday 6 August.

I filled the board with Brexit-based gags as seen in Private Eye and New Statesman. Here's a few of them.

Bearing in mind the result of the EU referendum, I assume my efforts were only appreciated by 48 per cent of the audience (probably less as Herne Bay is a bit Ukippy). Some people certainly remained stony-faced.

But it wasn't all biting political satire. As the event was held on the Pier for the first time all the cartoonists got to go on the merry-go-round at the same time. Here's me blowing my own trumpet* with Rich Skipworth and Des Buckley.

Pic: Zoom Rockman

*It's not mine it's Des's. And it's a bugle.

I co-curated the main festival exhibition at Beach Creative gallery, which was full of top-notch stuff, as ever. Lots of cartoons on fake news and Donald Trump. Here's a couple of mine.

Cartoonist Glenn Marshall put together a "fringe" show Mona Lisa: Not Happy, consisting of parodies of the famous painting in cartoons and other art forms. Here's one of my contributions, a foray into Photoshop art.

There was the usual stuff you get at a festival: cartoonists drinking, playing ukulele etc. but I'll spare you the pics. All in all, another cracking  Herne Bay festival.

I wrote a fuller report, with lots of pictures, for the Procartoonists blog which you can read here.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Humorous illustration: No punchline required

Humorous illustration is slightly different to joke, or gag, cartoons: you use a funny or odd scenario, usually to illustrate an article in a magazine, newspaper or website, without necessarily having a punchline, as you would in a joke cartoon.

Sometimes these are wordless or they may have words within them as part of the drawing, but they generally don't have a caption or speech bubble.

Here are some examples from the Law Society Gazette.

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Life imitating cartoons (yet again)

This is my sixth entry on this blog where something I drew in a cartoon has happened in real life (you can see one from last year here and links to the others here) but I think this is my favourite because it was deliberate.

It made my day when I saw it on Twitter! Thanks to Darren Smith. The original Private Eye cartoon is below. It's one of the most popular cartoons I've done.

Darren's clocks featured at a festival he holds at his home. I've suggested that next time he should recreate this old Reader's Digest cartoon. Might need to carry out a risk assessment first though ...

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