Collaborations with cartoonists around Scotland, in France and the United States bear fruit this autumn.
September and October are usually the time I find to reconnect with colleagues overseas and this year is no exception.
I’ll be in Columbus, OH for the AAEC’s convention which this year is part of the wider CXC festival of cartooning. I’ll moderate a panel on behalf of CRNI on the Saturday afternoon. I’m looking forward to seeing the board of directors and all the various advisers and allies of CRNI, it’ll be the first in-person meeting since our success at Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards in April.
Once again I’ve been on the planning committee for the Cartooning Global Forum/États Généraux du Dessin de Presse. It’s only our second event but I’m pleased to see the level of support the forum has been receiving from cartoonists around the world and so we’ve been quite ambitious in the scope and diversity of activities planned. As usual, my cap is doffed to mon frères at Studio Irresistible who’ve put in a huge amount of work in order to make it all happen.
Earlier this year the organisers at the Salon International de la Caricature du Dessin de Presse et d’Humour approached me in my capacity as Scottish Cartoon Art Studio co-ordinator to organise an exhibit of cartoons themed around Brexit from a perspective north of the border. This is part of a bumper programme of cartoons this year including collections of work by two further organisations of which I’m a member, PCO and France-Cartoons. It’s an unsurprising show of support and enthusiasm given the loss of Gérard Vandenbroucke in January. Gérard was an inspiration and someone whose personal generosity and warmth I’ve benefitted from many times over in the last two decades. It will be bittersweet indeed to gather for the first time in his absence.