Herne Bay Cartoon Festival

Another Cartoon Festival appearance and this one was an absolute cracker!

photo ©Kasia Kowalska

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival took place over the last weekend in July and it really felt like it was an event embraced by the whole town. It consisted of four… yes four!.. cartoon exhibitions including two celebrating the work of the nation’s perennial favourite Giles and Punch cartoonist David Hawker. While Glenn Marshall produced his own brilliant and creative fringe exhibition called ‘Not Funny’ (couldn’t be further from the truth.). The main exhibition ‘Postcards from the Seaside’ was inspired by the work of saucy postcard artist Donald McGill with some of the best cartoonists around giving their own modern take on McGill’s classics.

Drawing on the big boards

Drawing but not squinting or sticking my tongue out! What a top photographer – photo ©Kasia Kowalska

However I was there to take part in Sunday’s live event. The day started with the Cartoonists Parade marching from the Clock along the seafront to it’s Bandstand destination… all to the tune of “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.”.. accompanied by kazoos! Once underway there was Big Board drawing, Caricaturing, creations of Aunty Sallys (those thing you poke yer ‘ead through), Glenn Mashall’s instant cartoon photo booth, and group drawing of murals. The weather stayed magnificent and the space was packed out with visitors throughout the day.

Organisers Sue and Steve and their team put together a fantastic event and went above and beyond in looking after us all. Such a good weekend. I really did like being beside the seaside.

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