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Britain’s second city set to go comics crazy in June as Birmingham Comics Festival returns for third year 

The Birmingham Comics Festival will be celebrating its third consecutive year of activity across the second city this June, with a weekend-long convention the culmination of a month of planned events. A city-wide series of comics-related events, large and small, will again take place from fun days out for kids to academic lectures, exhibitions and film shows alongside its popular ... Read More »

Photo Review: The BEYOND 2000AD Exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics

Beyond 2000AD - Orbital Comics 2017 - Wall 1

  London’s Orbital Comics – the UK’s one and only Eisner Award-winning comic shop – is currently hosting what sounds like it could be an extremely dull and pretentious look at 2000AD. “Beyond 2000AD – The Broader Cultural Impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” certainly sounds like the theme of a comics dissertation, after all. But fear not! Twee this ... Read More »

Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins

Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins

Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins, opening at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery 10th March 2017, is the first major retrospective of the work of Liverpool-born artist. John Higgins found global success as a comic book artist, colourist and writer for 2000AD, DC and Marvel. Along with work on strips as diverse as Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Sandman and ... Read More »

Beyond 2000AD Exhibition Opens at London’s Orbital Comics Tomorrow

Beyond 2000AD Exhibition - Orbital Comics

A special exhibition that charts the phenomenal influence of 2000AD on global pop culture opens in London tomorrow. BEYOND 2000AD: The Wider Cultural Impact Of The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic exhibition opens at the UK’s only Eisner Award-winning comic store, Orbital Comics & Gallery, on 11th February 2017 as part of 2000AD’s 40 Years Of Thrill-power Festival. Beyond 2000AD focuses on the ... Read More »

Andy Holden’s exhibition “As Speed Increases Objects Can Be In Several Places At Once” now at Lancaster University

Andy Holden: As Speed Increases Objects Can Be In Several Places At Once

The result of five years’ work, Andy Holden’s Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, now showing at Lancaster Univerity‘s Peter Scott Gallery, presents a fully realised animated theory proposing the world is now best understood as a cartoon. Part-lecture, part-documentary, part-conspiracy theory, the film examines the formation of ‘laws’ within cartoons as a way of making sense of the world ... Read More »

Snapshots in Time: A Teddy Girl from 1955 – and more importantly, some very cheap comics!

A photo of Teddy Girl Iris Thornton taken in Canning Town in 1955 by Ken Russell, released to publicise an exhibition of the late film director's work at Oxford's North Wall Art Centre in February 2017. Image © Ken Russell/Topfoto.co.uk

Oxford’s North Wall Art Centre is currently hosting Ken Russell’s Teddy Girls & Boys – an exhibition of 50 photographs of teddy girls and boys, taken by ground-breaking film director, Ken Russell, brought together for the first time. One of the pictures released to promote the exhibition features a range of comics on sale back in 1955 in the background, ... Read More »

London’s Barbican Gallery announces “Into the Unknown”, summer SF exhibition and events

Barbican Gallery - Into the Unknown Promotional Art

(with thanks to Richard Sheaf): London’s Barbican Gallery has revealed details of its upcoming “Into the Unknown” exhibition, which opens in June 2017, and includes comics in in its content. One of the most celebrated fields in popular culture, science fiction has seen the creation of some of the most iconic and experimental works in film, literature and art, ever ... Read More »

This year’s DCA Thomson Exhibition inspired by Beano, Commando, features new Ian Kennedy art

Photo: Erika Stevenson

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Broons and Oor Wullie, Dundee Contemporary Arts is hosting a unique group exhibition in partnership with DC Thomson, in which six artists have each created playful responses to the publisher’s extensive comic archives. The exhibition features brand new work by all six artists – Rabiya Choudhry, Rob Churm, Craig Coulthard, Malcy Duff, Hideyuki Katsumata and Sofia ... Read More »

Nathan Sawaya’s “Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes” exhibition comes to London

The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes - Batman

Artist Nathan Sawaya returns to London soon with the World’s Largest LEGO Exhibition inspired by DC Comics heroes such as Batman, Superman, The Flash and Wonder Woman. Following a successful run in Madrid, The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes – more than 120 works of art, created with more than two million LEGO bricks – makes its London debut on 1st March 2017. The ... Read More »

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics exhibition heads to Glasgow

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics

Heading to the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow in April is Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics, running 1st April to 1st October 2017. The exhibition at Kelvingrove will be the largest collection of his work every displayed, offering the opportunity to get up close and personal with the painstaking detail in every iconic frame. There will also be original artwork from ... Read More »

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