Time often gets a bad rap. It strips away. It erodes. It brings forth loss. It guarantees the passage of all things. But sometimes time delivers a gift, like a sea washing up a pirate’s treasure on the shore.
In 2004, it was suggested I write about Michel Choquette and The Someday Funnies, a veritable Lost Dutchman’s lode of comic history.
University of Westminster student Ben Jennings won the 2011 Political Cartoon of the Year beating out professional UK editorial cartoonists for the honor given by the Political Cartoon Society. Ben is an undergraduate working toward a BA Honours Illustration degree.
On his blog he reports he was “utterly gobsmacked” to receive the award.
The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce its latest exhibition, Black and White and Read All Over: Comics of the New Millennium, a showcase featuring nine comic strips introduced between the years 2000 and 2010. From talking animals to beleaguered cartoonists, childhood fears to childhood nightmares, the perils of adulthood to the trials of arrested development, the nonsensical to the political (which often goes right back around to nonsensical), the modern comic strip page really does include something for everyone.
Original comic strips on view live and in person in the exhibit are:
The Independent's Dave Brown has been named political cartoonist of the year by the Cartoon Art Trust. It is the second time Mr Brown has won the prestigious title in the past decade. He was presented with the award by the MP Alan Johnson, the former Home Secretary. Mr Brown produces political daily cartoons for The Independent and his selection by the panel of judges was a reflection of his consistent wit and incisiveness over the whole year. He said after being presented with the award at a ceremony held at the Mall Galleries in London: "It's very nice to be recognised. You do what you do but aren't quite sure if anyone is getting it. This shows they do."
As a child, the empathy Luke Davies felt for fictional teen reporter Tintin led to a special relationship with the Belgian artist who created him. Four decades on, the Australian author still treasures their correspondence.