Conservative Leader Cameron Focus of Cartoon Exhibition

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Brilliant British cartoonists site Bloghorn draws our attention to two political cartoon exhibitions featuring cartoons lampooning Conservative leader David Cameron open in London next week, at the Chris Beetles Gallery and the Political Cartoon Gallery.

Peter Brookes: The Best of Times, is at the Chris Beetles Gallery from Monday 12th October until the end of the month. It features more than 100 of Brookes’s most recent cartoons from The Times will be on display and signed copies of the book accompanying the show are available from the gallery.

Drawings by Brookes also feature in Cameron in Caricature, an exhibition of 60 cartoons charting the fortunes of David Cameron since he became Leader of the Conservative Party in December 2005, at the Political Cartoon Gallery from next Tuesday (13th October) until 24th December.

Due to his upbringing and education, Cameron is often portrayed as a toff and is portrayed by Martin Rowson of the Guardian as Little Lord Fauntleroy. After Cameron called for greater transparency in the publication of both Commons’ expenses and councils’ expenditure, Steve Bell, also of the Guardian, now draws him as Dave the Jellyfish.

As well as cartoons by Bell and Rowson, there are also cartoons of Cameron by Brookes and Morten Morland of The Times, Dave Brown and Peter Schrank of The Independent, Ingram Pinn of the Financial Times, and Andy Davey of The Sun, among many other leading cartoonists.

• The Chris Beetles Gallery, at 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London (nearest Tube Green Park or Piccadilly Circus) is open Mon-Sat, 10am–5.30pm. Web: www.chrisbeetles.com

• The Political Cartoon Gallery, 32 Store Street, London, is open Mon-Fri 9.30am–5.30pm and Sat 11.30am–5.30pm. Web: www.politicalcartoon.co.uk

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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