London Cartoon Show opens today at Charing Cross Library

London Cartoon Show Poster illustration by © Christopher Burke
Poster illustration by © Christopher Burke

The London Cartoon Show opens today, Monday 19th August at Charing Cross Library, running until Sunday 1st September 2019.

Presenting an exhibition by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation of cartoons on the theme of the capital, past and present, drawn by the UK’s top cartoonists.

Be it kings and queens, public executions, urban foxes, hideous modern architecture, even more hideous politicians, gin lane, homelessness, tourists, Sweeny Todd, Jack the Ripper, knife crime, EastEnders, Dick Whittington, Sherlock Holmes or any of the other sights, sounds, and smells related to England’s teeming capital you’ll find them here.

Cartoon by © Dave Brown for The Independent

Cartoon by © Dave Brown for The Independent

Homage girl Hogarth, this cartoon is by © Martin Rowson
Homage girl Hogarth, this cartoon is by © Martin Rowson
Cartoon by © Ger Whyman
Cartoon by © Ger Whyman

The show features work by over 30 of the UK’s finest, funniest and most insightful cartoonists including Dave Brown of the Independent, Kipper Williams, creator of the Evening Standard’s “London Calling” cartoon strip, Martin Rowson of the Guardian and many regular contributors to Private Eye and the rest of the British press. 

• London Cartoon Show, Charing Cross Library, 4 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HF, Monday 19th August until 1st September 2019. Free entry, opening times here. Please note, this exhibition is in the basement of the library which is not wheelchair accessible.

For more details of the exhibition and related events in the Library visit this web page

The Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation is online at procartoonists.org

• Signed originals and prints will be on sale at very reasonable prices. 10% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Mayor’s Fund for London. For a full list of exhibitors & price list for the works please email: chair@procartoonists.org

Kipper Williams: London Calling - Thursday 22 August 2019, 6 - 8.00pmSPECIAL EVENTS

Both events are free but spaces are limited so please book via charingcrosslibrary@westminster.gov.uk

Kipper Williams: London Calling – Thursday 22 August 2019, 6 – 8.00pm

Kipper Williams draws cartoons for a variety of publications, including The Spectator, The Oldie, Private Eye and Broadcast. He will be spilling the beans (and the ink) with an illustrated talk, discussing his popular ‘London Calling’ strip cartoon as featured in the London Evening Standard. There will also be a bit of live drawing.

This is a free event. To book your place contact Charing Cross Library via charingcrosslibrary@westminster.gov.uk

Cartoon Drawing Workshop - Saturday 31st August, 11.00am to 12.30pmCartoon Drawing Workshop – Saturday 31st August 2019, 11.00am to 12.30pm

Cartoonist Robert Duncan, who’s a member of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation will lead a cartooning workshop on the theme of travel. Come and learn how to create simple single panel gags.

Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years old, adults are welcome to attend too. Free event, to book a place contact Charing Cross Library via charingcrosslibrary@westminster.gov.uk

Paper Conservation Roadshow – Thursday 19th September 2019, 4.00 – 7.00pm

Meet the Conservator and volunteers from our Archives to learn more about conservation.

They’ll be sharing their tips which can help you conserve your own collections. This is great opportunity to get a glimpse of our theatre programmes and tools.

No need to book a place, just turn up.

For more details of the exhibition and other events in the Library visit this web page

The Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation is online at procartoonists.org

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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