Piece on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2019

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Paul Wimsett

  • Wednesday 4th September 2019, 2:34pm [Edited]
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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This was rejected by the powers that be on here, see what you think.

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2019 by Someone On The Wrong Day.

Herne Bay is a sleepy seaside town most of the year, but it comes alive with events such as the Cartoon Festival in August. You could see pictures from previous Cartoon Festivals on the side of the bandstand, but unfortunately they seem to have disappeared now. Maybe they could bring them back. You might have noticed I've resisted from stating the obvious.

Yes, for some reason the majority of the Festival occurs on Sunday and I was there on the Saturday. The Sunday occurrences included the Cartoons on the Pier event where events seem to involve the wearing of Stetsons. This whole Not Satuurday thing must been kind of conspiracy operated by the likes of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and BoJo whose likenesses can be seen throughout the exhibitions and were, more likely than not, drawn by the celebrity cartoonists -- Is that not a contradiction in terms? -- who turned up on the Sabbath.

The pieces I did see were in the tiny Bay Art Gallery with its theme of books (Book Marks), the Seaside Museum with artworks looking back and forwards to travelling to the Moon (Fly Me to the Moon) and the Seaside Museum obsessed with space in general (one Giant Leap). Of the three I would recommend the Beach Creative in Beach Street, not only as it has somewhere you can eat but in addition as it has art workshops running here too, with the opportunity to make your own caricature heads and how to draw skanky pigeons with Zoom Rockman, a Beano artist.

The artists that I were missing by going on the wrong date included Alex Hughes, who has had work published in the Tribune as well as the radical magazine Red Pepper, Dave Brown from the Independent famed for his image of Corbyn with no limbs from 2017 with the caption that "The Election's Not A Foregone Conclusion"; Martin Rowson from The Guardian, who created an image of Trump and Boris as "Hell in a Handcart Hitlers", not forgetting a Little Lord Fauntleroy version of David "Call Me Dave" Cameroon. There was also printmaker and cartoonist Sarah Boyce, known for her monochrome images including the IPhone ex - the wife wheels her suitcase away as the husband is obsessed with his Smartphone.

It's sad that I missed the main part of the festival, including that Andrew Birch man who I believe has published cartoons in Private Eye and The Oldie as well as having wrote a sitcom on Gold called The Rebel. Still, too much fawning can be a dangerous thing...

Paul Wimsett

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Rood Eye

  • Thursday 5th September 2019, 8:51am [Edited]
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Quote: Paul Wimsett @ 4th September 2019, 2:34 PM

This was rejected by the powers that be on here

I'm not at all sure what that means.

Can you elaborate!

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Paul Wimsett

  • Thursday 5th September 2019, 10:16am [Edited]
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 5th September 2019, 8:51 AM

I'm not at all sure what that means.

Can you elaborate!

Did you know that there is a theory that this site is run by two Gods, Mark and Aaron, and not a product of science at all? I mean rejected as a news item, if that helps?

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beaky

  • Thursday 5th September 2019, 3:59pm [Edited]
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
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Paul, excellent report! I was there on Saturday too, sorry to have missed you. Had I known, I'd have sought you out.(Not sorted you out, you might be bigger than me.) Sunday was great fun, we were drawing on big boards on the pier, plus reinacting the first moon landing, so you missed seeing me dancing in a space suit.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Thursday 5th September 2019, 7:50pm
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Thanks, Beaks!