MATT CARTOON GENIUS
rujokinggrandad.co.uk BLOG 25th February 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
I love humour in every format. I cannot survive without it. I find it as vital as air, oxygen, water and food. I cannot tolerate a person with no humour. They are barren and without colour.
On Saturday 24th February 2018 Matt the cartoonist of the Daily Telegraph celebrated 30 years of cartoons being published in the newspaper, a total of over 8,000. Incredible!
His artwork is so amazing and sharp.
Everyone in public life, even the Duke of Edinburgh was singing his praises except one person: Jeremy Corbyn!!!
An article in the Telegraph days: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, was also invited to join the anniversary celebrations. His team politely declined, saying none of the Matt cartoons they had seen about Mr Corbyn were funny.
That says everything about the guy. Get a life Mr Corbyn.
Part of the article by Hannah Furness, Christopher Hope & Anita Singh, which appeared in Saturday’s Telegraph is reproduced below. The full article can be seen at:
Prince Philip leads tributes to ‘genius’ Telegraph cartoonist Matt as he celebrates his 30th anniversary
The Duke of Edinburgh has paid tribute to the “genius” of the Telegraph’s Matt, as Britain’s leading public figures celebrate the cartoonist’s 30th anniversary at this newspaper.
The Duke, a collector and long-term supporter of the art form, expressed his admiration for Matt in a personal message, in which he praises his “ability to think of wonderfully appropriate swipes at the idiocies of contemporary life”.
He today leads tributes to the “30th birthday” of Matt as a Telegraph cartoonist, joined by Theresa May, every living former Prime Minister, Britain’s finest broadcasters, writers and best-loved figures from the arts.
Mrs May, the Prime Minister, sent her personal congratulations to Matt for helping politicians to “laugh at ourselves”, while David Cameron revealed he enjoyed one cartoon poking fun at him so much it is mounted on the wall of his daughter’s bedroom.
Sir John Major praised his talent for capturing each moment “magnificently” with “gentle, understated humour”, as Sir Tom Stoppard admitted: “Matt has entered my brain. Sometimes on reading a news story I wonder idly, ‘What would Matt do with this?'”
National treasures from John Humphrys to Jilly Cooper have selected their favourite drawings, with Newsnight’s Evan Davis declaring that, in a crowded field of British cartoonists, there are “none better”.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the patron of the Cartoon Museum whose retirement from public duties at the age of 96 this year was marked with a Matt cartoon reading “Unveil your own damn plaque”, has sent a hand-signed congratulatory message.
“Successful cartoonists do not only need to be able to draw, they have to think of subjects to illustrate,” he said.
“Matt has shown that he has a genius for both, as well as the ability to think of wonderfully appropriate swipes at the idiocies of contemporary life.”
Matt Pritchett, who has been known under the pen name of Matt since February 1988, has created more than 8,000 Telegraph cartoons, each capturing the absurdities of everyday life with sharp humour and a gentle touch.
The Telegraph will be celebrating “30 Years of Matt” with a special Saturday magazine edition featuring an interview with the man himself, with a four-page souvenir cover wrap showcasing 90 of his favourite cartoons on Monday.
This website will have a gallery of the cartoons, as well as videos from celebrities showing off their favourite and personalised drawings.
Chris Evans, Telegraph editor, said: “In an unpredictable world, our readers know that Matt’s cartoon can be relied on to lift their spirits and make them smile. All of us at The Telegraph are delighted to celebrate 30 incredible years of cartoons with him.”
Reflecting on the last 30 years, Matt Pritchett said: “Time flies when you’re panicking about tomorrow’s cartoon.”
David Cameron’s favourite cartoon, about the day he left his daughter in the pub
“I love this cartoon – as does my family. So much so that my daughter, Nancy, has it displayed on her bedroom wall.
“Matt has always been one of my favourites – the way in which he manages to get to the very heart of a scandal or issue with such a light touch and in a very comic way is genius.
“I’ve been so fortunate that he agreed to design a few of my recent Christmas cards – always poking fun at me; my friends and family love it!
“I hope Matt has many more years of drawing ahead of him – to highlight the national mood; embarrass politicians and public figures alike; and carry on delighting us all.”
Gordon Brown, Prime Minister 2007 to 2010
“Cartoonists often get far nearer to the truth than other commentators and over 30 tumultuous years Matt Pritchett has consistently demonstrated exactly that.
“If, as it is said, a picture can paint a thousand words, then a pocket cartoon conjured up by Matt can regularly do even more.”
Jeremy Vine, broadcaster
Vine admitted his “life’s ambition” is to have a Matt cartoon about him.
“There’s something about having that one cartoon in the day’s papers, full of all the carnage and misery,” he said. “There’s this little window, and even if this whole country is hit by a nuclear bomb they’ll still be a Matt cartoon the morning after, and we’ll still laugh.”
Jilly Cooper, bestselling author
“Like a sunrise, he lifts the heart.
“He’s achingly funny, but also he’s very good at characterisation. He seems to get the moment and just illustrate people so brilliantly.
“They make me laugh for days afterwards.”
Gyles Brandreth, writer and actor
“I think he’s a genius. We have a wide range of brilliant cartoonists in this country; no country can compare with ours. The leader of the pack is undoubtedly – and has been since the beginning of his work for The Telegraph 30 years ago – Matt.
“He is the national cartoon.”
John Humphrys, BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter
“The great thing about Matt’s cartoons is that the characters are us. They do something that writers can’t do, they take you to a different place.”
Sir Tom Stoppard, playwright:
“Matt has entered my brain. Sometimes on reading a news story I wonder idly, ‘What would Matt do with this?’
“A pocket cartoon doesn’t grow on you, it jolts the laugh out of you by making a connection just before you might have made it yourself.
“Now and again I think up my own Matt cartoon. When the founder of Ikea died I thought of a Matt chap scratching his head over the instructions for assembling a flat-pack coffin.
“But even if I’d had his phone number I would have known better than to try it on him. Max Beerbohm once wrote how he’d written a song for a favourite music hall performer, and at the last moment decided not to send it to him because, he said, to hit the bull’s eye you’d have to be him.
“Still less would I have been able to draw the joke; which is the other thing about Matt: how does he do it? I have often stared at his faces, wondering how something so “wrong” could be so right, how a pair of eyebrows and half a chin can conjure not just a face but an inner life.
“The art of cartooning is not Matt’s alone, of course, but when it comes to having the right thought, Matt is on his own.”
The Saturday Telegraph Magazine celebrates Matt
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is alwaysto try just one more time. – Thomas Edison
Happiness is…being featured in a Matt cartoon
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Never trust an atom, they make up everything.
Love is…someone to have a laugh with
TRACK OF THE DAY
Smile – Nat King Cole
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