The Serious, Subversive (And Sometimes Shocking) History of Cartoons

Its been over 100 years since the first cartoons were drawn by hand. Since then, the genre has delved into everything from sex and drugs to racial inequality and war crimes. Even the tamest, G-rated cartoons have often found ways of slipping in adult humor past the eyes of younger viewers.
Cartoons have been the vehicle for government propaganda, social change, and political satire. Some have been boycotted and even banned for their content while others have been deemed masterpieces and praised by critics for their bold message and style.
Today, cartoons continue to find ways of subverting the status quo in surprising (sometimes shocking) new ways. This hour, we speak with animators, animation experts, and historians about what makes cartoons so well suited for the exploration of, well, everything.
  • Maureen Furniss - Program Director of Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts and founding editor of Animation Journal; author of A New History of Animation
  • Paul Wells - Director of the Animation Academy at Loughborough University in England and author of several books including Animation, Sport and Culture
  • Ralph Bakshi - Animator, writer, and director of animated and live action films and TV shows including "Fritz The Cat," "Coonskin," and "Heavy Traffic"
  • Lisa Hanawalt - Producer and production designer of the Netflix animated series "BoJack Horseman"
Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.


Illustration School - Summer 2017

The Illustration School, based in Porto (Portugal), is an international research and pedagogical platform that aims to investigate the expanded role of the illustrator as researcher, editor, publisher and working across media. Since it was founded in 2016, the school has been providing an environment to examine and explore a variety of different approaches to illustration and the construction of visual narratives, such as calligraphy, architecture, bookbinding, typography, food, collage, textile design, creative writing, printmaking and self-publishing.

With visual research at the centre of its ethos, the school invites various tutors from a diverse range of disciplines and countries, in relation to its multiple objects of study. From conferences, to workshops, seminars, field trips and debate, the courses function as residencies, with tutors adapting to the participants’ needs, education level and expertise. Since 2017, the school is based in the centre of Porto but aims to provide a decentralised education, making use of the city’s many resources and infrastructure.

info [AT] illustrationschool.eu
Porto, Portugal



Making Domains - one-day conference exploring illustration and narrative art

Marking Domains is a one-day conference that explores illustration and narrative art as domain. Examining the contrasting places they are encountered, from the traditional use and location of illustration in print to its new expanded developments beyond the page. Fast developing into a discipline capable of occupying positions once assumed the domain of other practices in art and design, illustration is rarely discussed as a visual form of cultural and social significance. In this conference we will specifically be contrasting illustration in the internal, domestic place of home with the external, public space of the street.
Speakers include Geoff Grandfield, Mireille Fauchon, Graham Rawle, Lotte Crawford, Olivia Ahmad, Paddy Molloy, Robert Sollis and Tom Kelly of the Bogside Artists will deliver a Keynote presentation.
General admission tickets are £10 and are available through Eventbrite.
This conference has been organised by the Department of Illustration Animation, Kingston University and will be held on Friday 7th April 2017, 11.15 – 17.00.
Cinema 1
Institute of Contemporary Arts,
The Mall,
London SW1Y 5AH
For further information please contact Paddy Molloy at p.molloy@kingston.ac.uk
We hope to see you there.


CONFIA 2017 International Conference on Illustration and Animation

11-01-2017 ::: CONFIA'S FIFTH EDITION 
CONFIA is the International Conference on Illustration and Animation at the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, organized by School of Design under the auspices of the Masters in Illustration and Animation.This is CONFIA's fith conference after previous editions in Ofir, Porto, Braga and Barcelos.
It is intended to be a pivotal moment in the contemporary discussion of these areas, which have a long tradition and, at the same time, are pioneers in technological innovation. We intend to broadly explore the multidisciplinary space that includes illustration and the animated image, from the construction of the narrative to character development, from art theory to critical reflection on the objects that populate the market and the industry. The conference seeks quality original submissions from artists, the industry and the market as well as from the academic community. 
All accepted full papers will be in the conference proceedings (with ISBN). You can find a pdf version of previous proceedings on this website.


Illustrating Identity/ies: Illustration and the Construction of Identities

‘Illustrating Identity/ies’
An international conference organised by IDEA (Université de Lorraine, France), Illustr4tio and Illustration Research Network
9th-10th November 2017, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Alan Male
This conference invites participants to explore the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural means through which illustration, in all of its forms, contributes, and has contributed historically, to the shaping of ‘identity/ies’. 
The study of illustration provides powerful insights into not only the representation, but also the construction of identity – including gender identities, national and political identities, subcultures, hybrid identities and performative identities. Illustrators as cultural agents have the power to both reinforce and problematise ‘the visual vocabulary of politics’ (Steven Heller, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State, 2008; rep. 2010) through their use and manipulation of cultural narratives and stereotypes.
Illustrators often navigate several personas when creating artwork – for example the desires of the client, the reception of the audience, and the voices within the text. They may also produce highly personal and subjective work documenting emergent or performed identities in relation to historical, geographical, social, cultural and phenomenological matrices.
We are keen to encourage critical and theoretical frameworks which foster understanding of the cultural relevance of illustration, and to examine the links between book history, print and digital culture and identity. Both practice-led and theoretical papers are welcome. Papers may cover any form (book illustrations, extra illustrations, press cartoons, digital art, etc.) or type (decorative, narrative, scientific, technical, historical, educational, satirical, etc.) of illustration from the Early Modern period or Renaissance to the present day. 
Subjects for discussion may address (though are not limited to) the following themes and questions:
- The political agenda of illustration/illustrators: illustration as critique and social or political protest
- The illustrator as agitator, mediator, witness and/or opinion former
- The performance and performative aspects of illustration
- Illustrating identity/ies and changing technologies
- The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of individual identity
- The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of collective / cultural / social / political / ethnic identity/ies
- The illustration of historical and ‘grand narratives’ relating to national identity/ies
Please submit 300 word proposals for a 20 minute presentation to Nathalie Collé (IDEA & Illustr4tio) at nathalie.colle@univ-lorraine.fr and Desdemona McCannon (Illustration Research) at d.mccannon@mmu.ac.uk. Proposals for workshops and poster presentations are also welcome. 
Deadline: Monday 15th May 2017. 
EA 2338 IDEA, Interdisciplinarité Dans les Études Anglophones, Université de Lorraine
EA 4182 TIL, Texte Image Langage, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
EA 4343 CALHISTE, Cultures, Arts, Littératures, Histoire, Imaginaires, Sociétés, Territoires, Environnement, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis
EA 4363 ILLE, Institut de recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes, Université de Haute Alsace


George Hardie exhibition

Iconic artist George Hardie exhibits at Grand Parade

A free exhibition of the work of George Hardie, the artist behind some of the most iconic album covers of 20th Century, will be held at the University of Brighton between 11 March – 7 April, 2017.
Hardie, a graphic designer, illustrator and educator, trained at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art and worked as a designer/illustrator for more than 40 years, making illustrations for clients around the world. He was the cover artist behind Led Zeppelin’s debut album Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
George Hardie taught illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He continues with PhD students, having become Professor in 1990. He is International Secretary for the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Royal Designer for Industry.
The exhibition runs Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (closed Sunday) – 11 March – 7 April
University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY



Penguin Random House UK Student Design Award 2017

Penguin Random House’s annual  book cover design competition has launched for 2017 with three new cover briefs and a new website:
The award, split over the three prizes above, aims to be an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real cover design briefs first hand – and gives them the chance to win a work placement with the Penguin Random House Design Studios, as well as £1,000 in prize money.
Open to students studying any subject at any level (full or part time), entries open on Wednesday 18 January and will close on Tuesday 7 March. However, materials are already on the new website for anyone wishing to make a start.
Last year’s competition saw students reimagine A Clockwork Orange, E mil and The Detectives and Caitlin Moran’s How to Be A Woman, with guest judges including David Shrigley  and Alexandra Shulman. Commenting on the winning cover for How To Be A Woman, author Caitlin Moran said 'Zachary Wieland’s winning entry was simple, iconic, and so goddamn classy that, for one minute, I actually presumed it was a cover for a US edition I hadn’t seen.'
To find out more, visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/designaward.

Read more at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/media/news/2016/october/penguin-random-house-launches-student-design-award-2017/#fWo8lLCZSxZttEc0.99