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More Ladybird Books Exhibitions celebrate 100 Years of Publishing

The Story of Cricket exhibition at Lords cricket ground. Image courtesy and © Penguin Ventures

Following up on our coverage of the Ladybird Books exhibitions at the National Football Museum and London’s House of Illustration, here’s a round up of other Ladybird-related happenings around the UK, as the much-loved brand celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Ladybird books played a role in many people’s lives, whether as children, parents, grandparents or teachers. The affordable, pocket sized books covered ... Read More »

Ladybird By Design Exhibition Comes To London

An image from "What to Look For in Spring" by C.F. Tunnicliffe R.A. © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1961 Reproduced by permission of Ladybird Books Ltd.

London’s House of Illustration’s summer exhibition will feature over 120 original illustrations from classic Ladybird titles, in celebration of 100 years of Ladybird Books. Specially commissioned illustrations, clever format and compelling design, combined with the quality of the writing, were key to the success of the Ladybird books. Unparalleled in their perfectly observed attention to detail and unique sense of place, ... Read More »

Orbital Comics Marks “Fables” end with Mark Buckingham Guided Tour

Mark Buckingham Guided Tour

As we near the end of Mark Buckingham‘s epic run on DC Comics’s Vertigo Fables with Issue 150, London’s Orbital Comics is presenting a retrospective of the artist’s work, featuring a variety of different pieces from throughout the years. The exhibition opens on Saturday 4th July at 7.00pm. Not only will Mark be there for a drinks reception, but he’ll also be giving ... Read More »

Ladybird Books “Story of Football” art exhibition at National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is exhibiting a display of original football-inspired artwork from Ladybird Books until the end of October 2015. Celebrating 100 years of Ladybird books, the display features artwork from the Ladybird footballing classic The Story of Football first published in 1964, written by Vera Southgate (who also wrote many of Ladybird’s “Well Loved Tales” books, such as ... Read More »

Toronto Comic Art Festival confirms Lakes Festival guests, adds Estelle Bachelard and Samuel LeBlanc

Darwyn Cooke

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has announced the outline of its 2015 trips to England and Japan, to exhibit at festivals in both countries and fulfil their mandate of promoting Canadian comics culture on the world stage. As we previously reported, TCAF have partnered with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival to bring a number of creators to the UK, including Darwyn Cooke and Kathryn ... Read More »

“Minnie the Minx” artist Jim Petrie exhibition in Dundee

Jim Petrie 2015 Memorial Exhibition Poster

The latest comics exhibition at the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee is a memorial show for Minnie the Minx artist Jim Petrie. This special exhibition celebrates the work of artist Jim Petrie, who died in 2014. A former student of Dundee College of Art (now Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) and Dundee Training College (now ... Read More »

Cover Versions – When Music and Comics Collide!

Cover Versions - Orbital Comics

  London’s Orbital Comics have just had a busy weekend. Not only have they weathered the once a year chaos that is Free Comic Book Day, but they have also just opened their gallery space up to Cover Versions – When Music & Comics Collide. The brainchild of The Orbiting Pod’s own Robin Harman, this is a combining of music and comic art ... Read More »

Heckling Hitler: World War Two in Cartoons and Comics at the Cartoon Museum

Heckling Hitler

  It is difficult for those of us living in the 21st century to realise the impact of cartoon art 70 years ago. To a news-hungry public, anxious about world affairs facing possible invasion, the radio was a lifeline, but it was the topical cartoon with its immediacy and universal accessibility – even to the barely literate – that could ... Read More »

Doing the Elephant Walk – Oliver East Steps Out for Lakes Festival Project

Comic artist Oliver East - and friend at Manchester Museum. Image courtesy Manchester Museum

  Comics artist Oliver East is getting set to retrace the steps of a legendary Victorian walk with an elephant from Edinburgh to Manchester this week, for “Take Me Back to Manchester” – a project commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Manchester Museum. One of Manchester Museum’s prize exhibits is the skeleton of Maharajah, the elephant that ... Read More »

Ladybird Books re-imagined by London College of Communication School of Design students

Ladybird Books

  London College of Communication School of Design students are working with Ladybird books in their centenary year, a century after the first Ladybird book was published. The students are exploring, celebrating and reinterpreting Vintage Ladybird’s rich heritage as part of a collaborative project and Ladybird has given them open access to their incredible artwork archive for the first time, enabling them to ... Read More »

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