Standard Cartoonist?!

At the moment of writing (post work in the early hours of the morning) I can only see the opening paragraphs of cartoonist Christian Adams’ first blog post on the redesigned Telegraph pages.
The “read more” function is not yet functioning, but we can just about make out a pretty excellent scoop in his opening post!

The Evening Standard is apparently thinking about getting political cartoons back in the paper!

The decision to banish the political cartoon in 2003 puzzled and angered people in cartooning circles. That a paper with such a rich cartoon history – the employer of some of the finest cartoonist the country has ever had – would drop the slot completely, was extraordinary, outrageous and worrying.

Now, if what Christian is writing is right, it seems that they’ve come to their senses.
The last line currently readable on the Telegraph blog is: “…spotted in their offices last week was a trial cartoonist, working…”

UPDATE: “.. ‘as live’ near the backbench. We keep our fingers firmly crossed, but our breath not held, that this is a return to the paper’s rich tradition of cartoons…”

Does anyone know who this trial cartoonist is?

UPDATE 2:
An email-round to investigate further, sparked this glorious response from a fellow cartoonist:

A trial cartoonist? Christ, it sounds torturous. Who may this be? It must be a fairly toxic environment to work in – with Dominatrix Wadley scouring the cartoons for any evidence of
lily-livered pinko liberal intent.

Still, it’s heartening to think that someone considered that a political cartoon might help to right
a sinking ship.

Super.

FINAL UPDATE:

The rumours of a cartoonist on trial at the Standard turned out to be unsubstantiated.
Adams has posted again, with the news that there were no news – which is bad news. The person spotted drawing in the newsroom were none other than Ken Pyne.
I wonder how my fellow PCO-er will like being described as a “trial cartoonist, working as live.”

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2 Responses to “Standard Cartoonist?!”

  1. jaytt Says:

    Trial cartoonist – you can just imagine the serried ranks of editorial staff clustering round with stopwatches and sucking their teeth.
    Reminds me of a visit to a Mantegna exhibition at the National Gallery years ago. Two art students standing in front of a Madonna with Child, both audibly listening to rock music on headphones, and chewing gum in time to the music. Said one to the other out of the corner of his mouth, rather dismissively, ”E ‘asn’t got the ‘ands, ‘as ‘e.’

  2. Ken Says:

    I have only just seen this and it certainly was not me in the Standard newsroom and considering my relationship with Veronica Wadley, who must be the most humourless individual to sit in an editor’s chair,it never will be. Is a look a like impersonating me? Brad Pitt by any chance?

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