Young car­toon­ist finds magic for­mula to scoop top prize

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A YOUNG car­toon­ist turned an age-old joke on its head to win the Bri­tish Car­toon­ists’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s Young Car­toon­ist of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion.

Chris­tian Beeston, 12, was the youngest en­try from over 500 sub­mis­sions na­tion­wide in a com­pe­ti­tion open to 18-year-olds and un­der and judged by the car­toon glit­terati of the na­tional press.

The King’s School pupil’s win­ning en­try fea­tures a rab­bit pulling a man out of a hat and has only four let­ters of writ­ing ‘Ta Da’.

Chris­tian said: “I wanted to think of some­thing orig­i­nal and sim­ple; some­thing that makes you laugh and it just came to me.

“It’s not really a com­ment on how mankind uses an­i­mals and what it would be like if the roles were re­versed, but I can see how peo­ple might think that.

“It was just a joke and I liked it be­cause it made me laugh.”

Chris­tian re­ceived £250 in a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Car­toon Mu­seum on Lit­tle Rus­sell Street in Lon­don.

He has been draw­ing since he was lit­tle and ad­mits to be­ing some­thing of a doo­dler.

He said: “I just love draw­ing. I find it very re­lax­ing just play­ing around with some pens and pa­per.

“I do most of my draw­ings in con­nec­tion with school work as I don’t have much time at home.

“It was an hon­our to meet th­ese car­toon­ists and I was quite ner­vous but they were all so in­ter­ested in my work and I got so many tips.”

Mum Lotte said: “Chris­tian al­ways has a pen and pa­per to hand and loves draw­ing. I re­mem­ber when he was just three-years-old he pro­duced a pic­ture of a gi­raffe that was just re­mark­able.”

Martin Row­son, chair­man of the BCA, said: “Our cri­te­ria, which we keep in our heads but in­stinc­tively understand amongst our­selves, is that the car­toon should first make us laugh and sec­ond be pub­lish­able.

“Chris­tian’s came up trumps on both counts in spades: it’s both witty and wit­tily drawn, and that, to put it sim­ply, is the dark se­cret at the heart of our craft.”

The win­ning art­work, along with run­ners up, will be dis­played in the mu­seum’s Young Artist’s Gallery for the next year.

●● Rachel Bird (left) stitches her­self into history by adding to the world’s long­est em­broi­dery on the Silk­town Stitchers stall on Makers’ Day, watched by Jackie Boul­ton

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