#DrawtheCoronavirus: A Cartoon Mini-Challenge from the Mind of Martin Rowson
collates submissions to a ‘draw the coronavirus’ competition run on Twitter by cartoonist Martin Rowson in April 2020. It contains 193 cartoons by 71 different artists.
Featuring artwork by both members of the public and national treasures of British cartooning, the publication offers a historic snapshot of a nation in lockdown. Featured artists include: Ralph Steadman, Steve Bell, Ben Jennings, Nick Newman, Banx, Steve Bright, Zoom Rockman, Grizelda and Glenn Marshall.
All proceeds from sales of this e-book go towards the museum’s fundraising appeal to secure the long-term future of the museum in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director Joe Sullivan said:
“It has been fantastic to see the creativity and humour of these artists in the face of coronavirus, reflecting issues everyone has been struggling with through lockdown, and using it as fuel to make us laugh. It is a pleasure to work with them all and share their amazing, work with everyone in this e-book. All proceeds from sales of the e-book go directly to helping the museum to secure our future, and we are very thankful to all the artists involved for donating their work to the e-book. Thank you too all our supporters for helping us to survive through the pandemic, and we hope this book brings you as much fun reading it as we had making it!”
Martin Rowson said:
“Faced with an invisible enemy, a question should be nagging away at the back of each of our minds: what’s this virusy bastard LOOK like? And, as it’s our job to reimagine our leaders the better to enable us to laugh at them, who’s more qualified to define Corona in all its Pandemic Covidness than cartoonists? Forget electron microscopes - here you’ll find the truest & most accurate depictions of our Common Foe!”