Cartoon conference draws out the best

DAVID Rowe has taken the gold to be named Stanley Cartoonist of the Year at the Coffs Cartoon Festival at the weekend.

Local cartoonist and festival organiser Jules Faber said David's body of work made him a 'brilliant winner' of the most coveted Stanley of all.

“He had a bit of a clean sweep by winning the gold and taking out the Cartoon of the Year at the Rotary Cartoon Awards the night before,” Jules said.

The accolades for David didn't stop there, with his work also netting him a Stanley for the best caricaturist as well.

Other winners include Tony Lopez who took out comic strip of the year for Insanity Streak - which features daily in the Coffs Coast Advocate, John Kudelka was named editorial cartoonist of the year, George Haddon won the humorous illustrator category, while Pat Campbell was named best digital illustrator and Matt Golding winning for best single gag.

The Stanleys were the highlight of the Coffs Cartoon Festival, a three day event that saw some of the country's most dedicated doodlers in Coffs Harbour this weekend.

As well as the major awards ceremony on Saturday night, the cartoonists took a tour of Coffs on the Banana Bus, scribbled in the mall for a Cartoon Idol competition and discussed the current state of cartoon art at Novotel during the Cartoon Conference. Guest speaker was Jim Borgman, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist renowned for his comic strip Zits, which is syndicated to 1600 newspapers across the world.

Jules said the event was a resounding success and that Jim's speech at the conference 'brought the house down'.

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