Feco (UK) -

It was my great good fortune to visit St Just Le Martel recently, along with The Surreal McCoy, to see the proceedings for ourselves and to share in the delights of the festival. We had answered the call to assist in putting on an exhibition for them, “Spotlight on the Brits”, and were very pleased to help organise it, in conjunction with the British Cartoon Archive, and to come and take in the resulting show.
Flanked on the left by an excellent exhibition from the Americans, with many modern and historic French cartoons entertaining the centre, our stands featured some wonderful British cartoons from many of our members.
Of course, 2012 was an extraordinary year for us, as the world focused on the UK for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Many of the cartoons on display were from our newspapers and magazines, from Private Eye, The Times, The Guardian, and The Sun.
We were naturally taken with the warmth and hospitality shown to all of us, and also with the way that the community pulls together to make such an enjoyable event happen. And with the good will and company of the organisers, Feco groups and representatives, and the many talented cartoonists from France and further afield all in attendance, it would have been very difficult to have had anything but a wonderful time there.
Well, until the next time! We hope to meet up with some of you again for the Dutch Cartoon Festival next year and then it is straight on to the 10th Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival the following weekend. As many of you know, Feco ex-President Roger Penwill helps organise and run this cartoon-filled event, and I do hope many of you may come and visit this wonderful historic town then, if not sooner.

Au revoir!

Nathan Ariss
Feco (UK) Chair


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