Herne Bay Cartoon Festival | Sun 5th August

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Check out the poster for the 2018 #HBCartoonFest, created by the The Surreal McCoy. The theme this year is “Turning the Tide”. The main event is August 5 on Herne Bay Pier.

The Surreal McCoy will be back in Herne Bay this summer. On Friday 3 August she will be discussing her graphic novel, The Wolf of Baghdad – A Memoir of a Lost Homeland. Surreal will be in conversation with Alex Fitch and another visiting cartoonist. This is a free event as part of the 6th annual HB Cartoon Festival on Friday 3 August 5.30pm, Pettman House, Hanover Square, Herne Bay CT6 5NY.

2.30pm Saturday August 4th

A masterclass from one of the greatest cartoonists of the age. Martin’s caricatures of May or Corbyn or Farage are already legendary. If you’d like to learn how Martin does it and try to create caricatures yourself with his encouragement and under his supervision, here is your opportunity. The workshop is open to everyone over 18 who is not offended by the most useful words in the English language.

Limited number of places. Must book. So email sue.austen@btinternet.com.

The festival exhibition Turning the Tide is now open at Beach Creative and runs until Sunday 12 August. The theme, which is always linked to the seaside location, acknowledges that the past year has been eventful for women. It is 100 years since the first women won the vote, we’ve seen the birth of #MeTooand #TimesUp, the protests over the gender pay gap … and even the first woman Doctor Who.

Of course, the festival always lets cartoonists interpret the theme however they want, so the choppy waters of Brexit are visited once more and there are also Turning the Tidecartoons about plastic in the oceans.

There will be a private view of Turning the Tide on Saturday 4 August, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Alongside the main show at Beach Creative, the festival also hosts the PCO’s Gagged exhibition in the Rossetti Room. It ran at the Westminster Reference Library last year. The Herne Bay version runs until Sunday 12 August.

Also open now is Funny Women, an exhibition held jointly at the Seaside Museum and Bay Art Gallery, both on William Street. The show runs until Sunday 19 August.

Funny Women cartoon exhibition

It looks at women cartoonists and illustrators from the past 100 years and includes Mary Tourtel, creator of Rupert the Bear, and Tove Jansson of Moomins fame, alongside contemporary cartoonists such as Riana Duncan, Posy SimmondsNicola JenningsGrizeldaMartha Richler (Marf) and many more. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the British Cartoon Archive in nearby Canterbury.

There will be a private view of Funny Women on Friday 3 August at the Seaside Museum, then the Bay Art Gallery, 7pm-8.30pm.

Also this year, a group of US women cartoonists were invited to give their perspective on the festival theme, and the work of Isabella BannermanMaddie Dai, and Liza Donnelly will feature in both the Turning the Tide and Funny Women exhibitions.

The full list of cartoonists scheduled to attend the festival is as follows: Nathan Ariss, Ros Asquith, Rachael Ball, Andrew Birch, Dave Brown, Des Buckley, Chris Burke, Pete Dredge, Clive Goddard, Grizelda, Alex Hallatt, Tim Harries, Alex Hughes, Kathryn Lamb, Glenn Marshall, Lou McKeever, Rob Murray, Helen Pointer, Royston Robertson, Martin Rowson, Cathy Simpson, Rich Skipworth, The Surreal McCoy and Steve Way.

For updates on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, follow @HBCartoonFest on Twitter or go to Facebook.com/HBCartoonFest.

The Independent cartoonist Dave Brown at last year's festival

The Independent cartoonist Dave Brown will return this year

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is sponsored by the Professional Cartoonists Organisation and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.