Britain’s New Statesman magazine looking for a new cartoonist

New Statesman Magazine 2016

Britain’s New Statesman – a political and cultural magazine founded in 1913 – has issued an an open call for submissions for the NS back page cartoon. Here’s the full details from their site:

The back page of the New Statesman has a weekly cartoon slot and we’re looking for a new artist to fill it.

The cartoon can be topical or surreal, wordy or purely visual – the most important thing is that it must be witty. Make us laugh.

It should be in colour. The space is 188mm wide x 74mm high. We suggest a two or three-panel strip might work best, but you can use the space as you wish.

Please submit at least one and no more than three examples, in jpeg format, to

Feel free to add a couple of sentences about yourself, your ideas for the cartoon, and, if you have one, a link to your other work.

Please do not submit entries by post. We will do our best to get back to you within 30 days.

This is an advertisment for a paid regular freelance position. Your submission will be treated as a job application. We will not use your work without your permission or without payment.

The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it is celebrated for its progressive politics, scepticism, free thinking and the intelligence, range and quality of its writing.

The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and critics, as well as encouraged major careers. Its contributors have included J M Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Johnson, Martin Amis, Suzanne Moore, Clive James and Will Self.

In September 2014 the New Statesman, as part of its digital expansion, launched two new websites, the urbanism-focused CityMetric and, a data and polling site.

All byline illustrations on the NS website are by Ian McGowan.

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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