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WebFinds: Wonderfully Vulgar, an online exhibition of British Comics

Early comics merchandise: an Ally Sloper greeting card from 1890 (with thanks to Norman Boyd and Kevin Carpenter): It was a surprize to me too – but British Comics do turn up in the strangest of places – but none appear to be treated with more reverence lately than by Germany’s Library of the University of Oldenburg, which has around ... Read More »

Dave Gibbons ‘Whaat’ art challenges Lichtenstein’s dubious ‘legacy’

‘Whaat’ by Dave Gibbons, after Irv Norvick Watchmen artist and co-creator Dave Gibbons was interviewed on a recent BBC TV documentary about the Pop Art painting ‘WHAAM!’ by Roy Lichtenstein, which is currently on show in a major retrospective at Tate Modern, London. Gibbons was probably the only dissenting voice in the documentary, critical of Lichtenstein’s appropriation of comic art ... Read More »

London’s Orbital Comics to host Des Taylor exhibition

Orbital Comics has announced an exhibition of limited edition art prints and sketches by British illustrator DesTaylor will open at their Central London store later this month. Born and bred in Tottenham, London with a passion for comic book and Pop Art fused with an obsession for retro film and 1950’s pin up girls, Taylor’s client list includes the likes ... Read More »

King Richard III goes manga

With the discovery of his body in Leicester last year, interest in the often-much maligned King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, is at something of a fever pitch. The latest temporary exhibition at the Bosworth Heritage Centre in Nuneaton, Richard III: The Making of the Myth, opened to the public on 8th February and offers a stunning ... Read More »

Will Simpson art in focus at W5, Belfast

Will Simpson at the W5. Photo: W5 Centre The work of Will Simpson is the focus of an exhibition at Belfast’s W5 Centre until 28th April 2013, highlighting the work of this internationally-known artist, whose career began in comic strip art. Will grew up in Prehen, near Derry, and his earliest work was for the Belfast anthology Ximoc in the ... Read More »

2D Festival to host William Simpson art exhibition

Game of Thrones storyboard art by William SimpsonRead an interview with Will about his work on Game of Thrones on the official production blog here (Updated 14th February): 2D, The Northern Ireland Comics Festival, returns in 2013 for a special edition and will take place from the 30th May – 2nd June in the Verbal Arts Centre and the Millennium ... Read More »

Dandy 75: National Library Of Scotland Exhibition

The celebrations of The Dandy’s 75th birthday around the country include three different exhibitions, one in the Cartoon Museum in London, one in the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee (downthetubes feature here), and one in the National Library Of Scotland in Edinburgh. Located on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town near the Castle, the National Library Of ... Read More »

Photo Review: Dandy Day At Dundee University, 2012

A colour mock up for the front and back covers of The Dandy Book for 1957 drew a lot of attention despite being colourist's art rather than the original artwork...

Announced at very short notice, the University Of Dundee held an official opening event for their new exhibition of original artwork 75 Years Of The Dandy on Saturday 8th December with the added bonus of getting five of the men working on the new Digital Dandy along to the University’s Baxter Suite to talk about the new e-comic version of ... Read More »

Team Rex, massive graffiti exhibition heads to London

Mark McKenzie has dropped us a line about an exhibition offering the largest ever graffiti, street art exhibit in London. Team Rex – Origin of the Species, presented by Team Robbo and WRH (We Rock Hard) runs at the Red Gallery, Shoreditch, London from 31th August. Team Robbo represents a new order in the art world; a renowned graffiti crew ... Read More »

Olympics don’t bring the gold for London’s Cartoon Museum

London’s Cartoon Museum has seen visitor numbers drop by 40 per cent over the past eight weeks. The Museum has now announced it’s extending its opening hours in the hopes of boosting visitor numbers. A  combination of events have reduced visitors and tourists in central London. Very wet weather in May and July combined with the celebrations for the Olympics ... Read More »

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