Rogues' Gallery

By Martin Rowson (editor)

A collection of the best satirical portraits from Martin Rowson’s Twitter #Draw Challenge.

Humour | Illustrated
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In the winter of 2019, in the depths of that year’s general election, Martin Rowson faced a serious problem.

It wasn’t the campaign itself: its interminable length, fatuous conduct, or likely outcome - after 35 years as a political cartoonist he’d grown inured to such disappointment.

It was the fact that he wasn’t happy about the way he drew Matt Hancock. He knew he hadn’t ‘got him’ – that odd and mysterious process (as the great cartoonist Low once put it) whereby the cartoon looks more like its victim than they do.

His response was to launch the #DrawMattHancock Challenge on Twitter, giving entrants a week in which to capture the Health Secretary in any medium.

In a week he got over 60 entries of finished artwork, and chose a winner, the work of Northern Irish cartoonist and illustrator Colm Campbell (aka 'Nuff') which met all Low’s criteria, but also jemmied open to our disgusted gaze whatever it is Hancock has inside instead of a soul.

Twenty months later, Martin has launched thirty-seven #Draw… Challenges, with absolutely no sign that our ravenous appetite to knock out horrible scribbles of our masters has been sated. From Johnson and Trump to Rupert Murdoch and Jeff Bezos, from Priti Patel and Nigel Farage to Keir Starmer and Vladimir Putin, the entries have rolled in: many from professional cartoonists but even more from brilliant and largely unpublished new artists working in a bewildering range of media.

To date, most of this mesmerising weirdness has only found a home online. Which is why Martin decided what was need was a big, fat book.

Rogue’s Gallery: The Great, the Good, the Not-So Good & the Grating is the result.

And now you have a chance to help Martin make it happen. With the support of the entrants to his #Draw… Challenges he is compiling a lavishly illustrated book containing caricatures of thirty faces by over fifty artists: 300 images in all – a scabrous compendium of satirical elan, a visual gazetteer of our troubled times, preserved on paper, for posterity.

 

NB: All the artists whose work is featured in the book will be rewarded through the profitshare. The level of profit depends on your support and generosity.

About the book

    • 336 pages (140gsm white woodfree offset paper)
    • 208 x 260 mm
    • 300 images
    • Decorated endpapers

Image credits: Boris Johnson (Steve Jones; Pradeep Rajguru; Kevin Wells) Matt Hancock (Colm Campbell; Tom Johnston; Pradeep Rajguru) Donald Trump (Stuart Taylor; Joe Lawrence; Paul Rumsey); Mark Zuckerberg (Joe Lawrence) Rupert Murdoch (Paul Jones) Jeff Bezos (George Leigh) Priti Patel (Kent Tayler; Joe Lawrence; Lee Healey)

 
 
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  • Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist, illustrator, writer, graphic novelist, broadcaster, ranter and poet – the regular cartoonist for the Guardian and the Daily Mirror. His first novel Snatches, was published by Jonathan Cape, as was his memoir Stuff, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Other books include an anti-Dawkins, anti-Hitchens, anti-God rant, The Dog Allusion, and Fuck: The Human Odyssey, a history of the world in 67 bracing images. Over the past 30 years he’s produced a series of comic book adaptations, including T.S.Eliot’s The Waste Land (1990), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1996), Gulliver’s Travels (2011) and The Communist Manifesto (2018).


    Martin is also chairman of the British Cartoonists’ Association, has served three times as a vice-president of the Zoological Society of London, is a former trustee of the British Humanist Association and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and holds an honorary fellowship from Goldsmith’s College and an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster. In 2001, he was appointed Cartoonist Laureate for London by Mayor Ken Livingstone, in return for one pint of London Pride bitter per annum (now long in arrears).


    In a full-page editorial in 2017, in response to one of his Guardian cartoons, the Daily Mail denounced Rowson and his work as “disgusting, deranged... sick and offensive".

    Website: www.martinrowson.com
    Twitter:
    @martinrowson


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