Martin Rowson

Martin Rowson is a cartoonist and author.

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The brown stuff: a winning way of seeing life

The Independent’s Dave Brown has been named Cartoonist of the Year. His rival, Martin Rowson, pays tribute

Books: Stealing Tom's plunder this on two

Martin Rowson recalls his wrangles with the Eliot estate over his version of `The Waste Land'

Books Of The Year: Humour: Here's proof that comedy has survived Python

In the last, dying weeks of the second millennium of the Christian era, you'd have thought that at least one publisher would have been low and venal enough to cash in on this unique marketing opportunity for "humour" books. A Thousand Years of British Poo Jokes or A Thousand Apocalypse Gags or even TV's Maureen Lipman's Millennium Schmillennium. Anything, in fact, to allow that doughty army of British publishers to do as they do every year, and flog opportunistic crap to an undiscriminating public and then roll about in money and party like it's 1999.

Christmas books: Humour - You won't believe this...

Steer clear of the spin-offs, says Martin Rowson. Stick to the cartoons

Design: The Millennium Collection No 11: The Remarkable Recycled Pencil

SOMEONE ONCE told me that an obsession with stationery and office materials was a sign of incipient madness. Nonetheless, there are fewer greater pleasures to be had than in contemplating such humble and yet invaluable things as drawings pins, paperclips, and pencils. They are all little treasures, but often as not lost treasures. The number of pencils I lose every month could probably, like the pieces of the True Cross, build a Spanish galleon.
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