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The British Cartoon Archive Digitisation Project (BCAD) as well as Uportal was shared with colleagues across the pond at Spring 2009 Ja-Sig conference in Dallas in March. 

BCAD Digitisation Poster
Bonnie Ferguson gave a talk Community Source Management/Governance Giving your goldfish a bigger bowl: the growth and sustainability of small Open Source projects within a University. 

Beyond excellent! Very impressed. Sets a new bar for presenter confidence, preparation, quality of presentation materials. A+…..Jasig should feature and disseminate this presentation.

Rather than the traditional powerpoint, a new highly-visual presentation tool called Prezi was used which can:”create a map of your ideas, images, videos, then show overview, zoom to details, amaze, convinve, and take the day”. (Have a look at how it works via the goldfish link above.)

In the evening, Lydia Weller and Bonnie Ferguson then hosted a poster session highlighting the BCAD project and the Carl Giles Archive.
BCAD Poster session at the Spring 2009 Ja-Sig conference

BCAD Poster session at the Spring 2009 Ja-Sig conference

Special thanks to Anthony Seminara who provided some great advance help with graphics for the poster session and the presentation. He’s also responsible for designing the new BCA website.

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November 6th was the night of the “Giles – One of the family” exhibition private viewing which followed on from the successful opening of the exhibition and launch of the website (http://www.cartoons.ac.uk) the day previously.

As well as Artwork on display, there were memorabilia, fan letters, a looping video reel, a recreation of Giles’ studio and also a British Cartoon Archive kiosk allowing access to the website and the digitised images.

People using the BCA kiosk

People using the BCA kiosk

The evening was a large success and plenty of well known faces were all present to sample and enjoy a selection of Carl Giles’ long hidden (and some previously unseen) original artwork on display.

The exhibition is currently open and will be running until February 2009. More details of which can be found on the main website.

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Campaign Cartooning

Campaign Cartooning

Campaign cartooning: 



John Major’s underpants. Brown as Stalin. Obama as Osama. These images, as much as anything, show how a politician’s career can be made, or broken, on the back of public perception. With the US elections almost upon us, there is unprecedented opportunity for the art of satire to shape public opinion. 

Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher (celebrating 30 years as The Economist’s political cartoonist) and Henry Naylor (creator of TV’s ‘Headcases’ and ‘Spitting Image’ head writer) will discuss cartooning, campaigning and chicanery and explore how art can be used to interest, excite and intrigue any audience.

Politics will never look the same again.

The evening will start with a 45-minute discussion on political cartooning, including time for audience questions. This will be followed by a hands-on, interactive cartooning session conducted by KAL, where members of the audience will see first hand the process of political cartooning.

This discussion will be chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Channel 4 News)

Date: Thursday 2nd October
Time: 7-8.15pm (Event will start promptly – please arrive 30 minutes early for registration)
Venue: Congress Centre, 
28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS 
(nearest tube Tottenham Court Road)

This event is free. To register, please email campaigncartooning@stockholm-network.org


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Throughout his life Giles was a great supporter of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). For almost 20 years he voluntarily provided the RNLI with artwork for some of their annual Christmas cards which were sold to raise funds for the organisation. In 1980 for example the RNLI sold 590,000 copies and raised £50,000. He also bought the cards to sell and raise more money.

Giles was frequently asked for originals of his cartoons and although he never sold them, he was willing to give them away, especially if they were going to be auctioned to raise funds for the RNLI. His cartoons for the Daily Express and Sunday Express were often on a nautical theme as he was a keen sailor. He also drew illustrations for local yacht club menus and programmes. When replying to letters asking for originals he often mentioned that because of his hobby it was always wise to help raise funds for the RNLI, especially his local branches at Harwich and Felixstowe.

In 1974 he was presented with a special award from the RNLI to thank him for the valuable public relations work he had provided.

Team members from the BCAD project aim to keep this link going and are risking life and limb to take part in a 10 mile sponsored walk in aid of the RNLI on 11th May between Whitstable and Herne Bay.   Express Newspapers has very kindly supported the team’s efforts by allowing them to be kitted out in t-shirts featuring Giles characters.  To sponsor us please click onto the logo below.

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