Participating Cartoonists

Many of the UK’s finest cartoonists are invited to the festival. Find out who’ll be coming to Shrewsbury in 2018 and where you’ll have seen their work..


Glenn Marshall
Cartoonist and illustrator, mostly doing topical cartoons for publications such as Private Eye, The Spectator, The Oldie, Punch etc. I’ve also done regular weekly strips for the broadcast and media trade press, as well as having a short stint writing for Spitting Image. At present I’m trying to get some scripts for satirical short films off the ground and I’m taking an 6 month online course on ‘How to Draw Noses’.
Glenn will be variously employed around the square!

Hunt Emerson
British underground comics legend, widely published and awarded since the 1970’s.

John Roberts
I now work as an ‘on-the-spot’ caricaturist and cartoonist and as a ‘visualiser’ for various blue chip companies.
I was a founding member of the PCO and served as it’s Secretary. I was a commitee member of the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain and am a member of the Britsh Cartoonists Association.
John will be drawing live caricatures of the public at the festival.

Rupert Besley
Appeared in publications such as Punch, Country Life and The Oldie, along with a regular slot in my local paper. Postcards for Dixon’s, Hinde, Salmon… greetings cards for Country Cards  and book illustrations (NWP, Birlinn, Canongate et al). Much of my output has been for educational publishing (OUP, CUP, Nelson Thornes, Macmillan, Longman, MGP…)
Will be drawing a big board cartoon at the festival.

Jonathan Cusick
Caricaturist and cartoon illustrator. Worked for The Times, New Statesman, The Spectator, Daily Express, Independent on Sunday, The Week and over 75 issues of the Radio Times. Book covers for QI, Random House and advertsing for Netflix ‘House of Cards’, Virgin Money, The Guardian, and Cadbury. Celebs who’ve bought his caricatures of themselves include Brian May, Michael Parkinson and Heston Blumenthal.
Will be drawing live cariatures of the public.



‘You should concrete over. Makes life so much easier’

Wilbur Dawbarn
Gag cartoonist, comic stripper, book illustrator, political cartoonist, caricaturist, editorial cartoonist.
Appears every fortnight in Private Eye (Forgotten Moments in Music History), has also worked for Penguin, Random House, The Times, Spectator, Reader’s Digest, The Beano (Billy Whizz) and The Dandy, to name but a few.

Roger Penwill
Founder member of the Professional Cartoonists Organisation.Originator and director of the annual Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival which began in 2004.Published in books and magazines in the UK, USA, Europe and China.
Editorial cartoonist for The Countryman 2002-2012.
All work is fully digital. Work covers editorial cartoons, advertising cartoons, greeting cards, calendars and book illustrations.

Noel Ford
Freelance cartoonist since 1975. Former regular contributor to Punch magazine: Former editorial cartoonist for the Daily Star: Currently editorial cartoonist for Church Times and others. Editorial cartoonist for several corporate and trade publications.
Advertising and PR cartooning
Corporate cartooning (Inc Barclays Bank, Mercedes, Caterpillar, HM Government). Live visualisation.Greeting cards and calendars.
Alex Hughes
Cartoonist, caricaturist and freelance illustrator.
Will be drawing live caricatures of the public

Clive Goddard

Published in Private Eye, Prospect, Punch, Playboy, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Oldie, Reader’s Digest, The Sun on Sunday and many other fine organs. Currently drawing Gogglebollox strip for Private Eye. Writer of children’s books including the award-winning Fintan Fedora the World’s Worst Explorer.
Clive will be drawing a big board cartoon.

Steve Best
Greetings card cartoonist Bestie’s range of cards is very succesful and he also has a range of books. A reviewer on Amazon calls him ‘The Tommy Cooper of the cartoon world’!
Steve will be drawing a big board cartoon

John Landers
published in numerous magazines both at home and overseas including Private Eye, The Spectator, Punch, Reader’s Digest and most daily UK newspapers.
He has drawn a large range cartoons for Education in Statistics and has illustrated a couple of books.
John will be drawing a big board cartoon

Royston Robertson
Widely published cartoonist, as seen in Private Eye, Saga, The Spectator, Reader’s Digest, Law Society Gazette, Kent Messenger newspapers and — this week’s guest publication — Skip Hire Magazine. Other clients include BBC Magazines, Green Party, Amnesty International, Oxford University Press, Paper House Cards, UK Greetings, Home Retail Group, IBM, and many others

William Rudling
Caricaturist, Cartoonist, Illustrator and Designer. Published work: UNICEF, Downbeat Jazz Magazine, USA, Start to Play books for children, published by Youth Sports Trust.
Ravensburger: Jigsaws. York Theatre Royal: For the last twenty years has been responsible for the Design of panto posters and other publicity

Jeremy Banx

Began working professionally since 1980. Pocket cartoonist of the year 2008 and 2012. Gag cartoons published in: Punch, Private Eye, New Statesman, She, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, Penthouse, Mayfair, Men Only, etc…Daily pocket cartoonist for Financial Times since the late 1980’s.

The Surreal McCoy

Published in the Sunday Times, the Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Spectator, Readers’ Digest, Fortean Times, The Oldie, Prospect and Saga magazines, and beyond. Was Cartoonist-In-Residence for Sandi Toksvig’s daily LBC radio show in London


Maria Scrivan

American cartoonist Maria will be joining us. Her syndicated comic “Half Full” appears in daily newspapers across the US including the LA Times and on work is published in MAD Magazine, National Lampoon, Parade Magazine, American Bystander, Prospect Magazine (UK), Macmillan Books, Funny Times, Live Happy Magazine,, and the Huffington Post.


Nikola “Ioa” Hendrickx

One of Belgium’s youngest and most succesful cartoonists. He has won prizes in Belgium, Poland, Romania, Syria, France, Slovakia, Italy and China. Cartoonist for Belgian Defence’s monthly magazine ‘D Briefing’.


Pete Dredge

Since his first cartoon in Punch in 1976, Pete has made continual appearances in Private Eye, New Statesman, The Spectator, Prospect and many more

Ken Krimstein

Ken will be  joining us from America. His work has been published in the New Yorker, Harvard Buisness Review, Prospect magazine, Punch, National Lampoon and Wall Street Journal, amongst many more. He is also a humour writer, art educator and an advertising creative director.