Archive for November, 2008

Pre-Budget Cartoon Round up…

November 25, 2008

Super cartoons in today’s paper.

Peter Brookes starts on the Times’ front page with a “return of the red” image, and continues on the Op-ed pages with arguably his cartoon of the year. Brilliant idea and drawing.

The Indy’s Dave Brown uses a budget favourite – a rabbit out of a hat – but adds a very nice twist to it.

Steve Bell has done the most terrifically bleak scene in the Guardian, featuring Brown, Darling, and the teletubbies Cameron and Osborne.

Garland in the Telegraph compares the economy to a stranded whale.


Pre-Budget Report: The Big Give and Take Away…

November 24, 2008


From Monday’s paper: The Key Plank…

November 24, 2008


Superb Saturday cartoon by Dave Brown…

November 22, 2008

O’ to be able to paint like that…

Dave’s cartoon – Sod’em and Go Borrow
John Martin’s original painting Sodom and Gomorrah.

Cartoon Art Trust Awards…

November 21, 2008

Along with cartoonists, newspaper folk, politicians and specially invited rich people, I dressed up in my supposedly finest clothes for the Cartoon Art Trust awards dinner/fund raiser in the Mall galleries last night.

It’s always an enjoyable evening, and last night was no exception.
There were some surprising award winners, as is usual, and some highly deserving ones.
Raymond Briggs most deservedly received the Lifetime Achievement Award – which was respectfully presented by Steve Bell.
Unlike last year’s winner, Ralph Steadman, who accepted the award with a song of seemingly infinite length, Briggs gave an amusing speech about how the life expectancy of cartoonists (65 according to his calculations) drove him to accept the award this year – despite the fact that he is still very much adding to his achievements. If his calculations are correct, the very fact that he has managed to reach the age of 74, should merit an award on its own!
He is currently working on a book about old age and death, so the subject is clearly occupying his mind – and many others’ after that.

For us on the Times table it was particularly great to see the exceptionally talented Stephen Collins receive the award for best strip. Surely a big hint to the paper that the strip must return immediately after the supplement in which is was published was pulled recently.

The Telegraph’s Nicholas Garland won the Saatchi Political Award.

The usually entertaining auction struggled to create the bidding extravaganza of previous ones, as the moneybags failed to forget about current financial gloom. You don’t expect to see people walking away with bargains from a fund raising auction like that, but a couple most certainly did.

All in all a good night was had by most.
The black tie has been put neatly back in a drawer, ready for next year.

For more on the awards, as well as a more complete list of the winners, go to The Drawing Room Blog and read Christian Adams’ account of the night.

From Monday’s Times: Giddy-up!

November 17, 2008



November 16, 2008

There’s an interesting post by Christian Adams over on the Drawing Room blog – about Pat Oliphant being hailed as the “most influential cartoonist now working.”

From the Sketchbook: Truth…

November 16, 2008



November 13, 2008

Over on Comment Central, Danny Finkelstein and co have invited readers to submit “absurd exaggerations about Obama and the significance of his victory.”
In the time since the election they’ve amassed quite a collection, and it’s a terrific read.

Personally I came across a wonderful example in a Norwegian newspaper. The columnist, evidently overwhelmed by excitement, makes a valiant effort to write a serious piece about how we must not expect too much from this guy, before he succumbs to the euphoria and concludes the article with the words:

In a way Barack Obama is both Martin Luther King, JFK, Mandela and Mother Theresa in one.

Bring on the low expectations!

From Wednesday’s paper: Tax cutters…

November 12, 2008