“Laws exist, rightly, to protect vulnerable people and minority groups from abuse. Comedy exists, essentially, as a means to be transgressive in a way that does not damage anyone. These are the waters cartoonists must navigate, and that’s tricky enough in a ‘liberal’ country. We’ll talk today about cartoonists who aren’t so lucky”. — Terry Anderson
On three successive weekends in April and May I had the opportunity to speak about CRNI and our work at some very different events around the UK.
- Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival, marking its 13th year in the historic market town in Shropshire, close to the English/Welsh border. The Shrewsbury festival is supported in no small measure by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation of which I’m a member.
- The Chirnside Friends of David Hume’s annual dinner. The charity promotes the writings and preserves the home of the philosopher Hume in the small village of Chirnside in the Scottish Borders area.
- Granite City Comic Con in Aberdeen on Scotland’s north east coast. A relatively new event on the calendar but growing in popularity and scale.