Britain's Young Cartoonist Of The Year Award To Be Decided By Eleven Old Men

This is what London's Cartoon Musuem looked like in April, at the opening night of an exhibition celebrating the work of over 200 female cartoonists.

And here is the news today, tweeted by the British Ladeez Do Comics account, announcing the British Cartoonists' Association's call for entrants for Young Cartoonists Of The Year. A prize I won in 1994 when it was the Student Cartoonist Of The Year. Back then I had no idea who the judges were. This time, they have made it part of the appeal, with some of the biggest newspaper cartoonists working today as well as the chairman of the Cartoon Museum – who will be organising the award.

And yes, despite the increased prominence of women cartoonists recently, and that whenever I am in the Cartoon Museum, I only meet women running the show, the list does seem a little… insular.

It's almost as if they could have looked across their own walls for inspiration on whom to invite.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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