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London’s Cartoon Museum gets set to celebrate 40 years of 2000AD

Judge Dredd Art

We’ve heard from downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf that London’s Cartoon Museum is to host an exhibition to celebrate 2017 being the 40th anniversary of 2000AD. The exhibition will occupy the main gallery space and contain 70+ pieces of artwork. The Museum is currently hosting “Heroes and Villains“, an exhibition of art depicting real life, the cartoon and comic world that ... Read More »

Comic artist John Higgins creates Great Fire of London Anniversary Stamps

Comic artist John Higgins has designed a set of six new stamps commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The project as a whole is the work of The Chase Creative Consultants, and the stamps are designed to appeal to a younger audience. London’s streets and the River Thames divide the Great Fire of London stamps into ... Read More »

Hunt Emerson has Henry VIII and Noddy Holder all Stitched Up in Walsall!

Noddy Holder on his home turf of Beechdale Estate, art by Hunt Emerson

Ace comic artist Hunt Emerson has been doing designs for a series of eleven “tapestries” (not actually tapestries, but stitch-based pieces) for Walsall Silver Threads, which will all be brought together today, Saturday 20th August 2016, at the New Art Gallery in Walsall, to see the work in progress. The panels are big – 1 metre x 1.6 metres – and ... Read More »

Comics Dundee: Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail

The city of Dundee is currently in the middle of the art and charity installation Oor Wullies’ Bucket Trail in which painted fibreglass statues of the Sunday Post newspaper’s 80 year old naughty boy character are scattered around the city for locals and tourists alike to visit and ‘collect’. The majority of the main batch of 55 statues are in Dundee ... Read More »

In Review: Comics Unstripped – An Exhibition of Original Comic Art

Comics Unstripped - Poster

If you happen to find yourself in Kettering over the next two months, I can thoroughly recommend spending a little time to find the Alfred East Art Gallery (part of Kettering Museum), which is hosting the free Comics Unstripped exhibition until 20th August 2016. This exhibition features work from the US and British comic scene and honours one of Kettering’s talented sons, ... Read More »

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Tickets On Sale Now

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 Art SNIP

Tickets for the main events at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now – and a special “Clash of the Toon Titans“, pitting Tintin against Asterix, will launch this year’s weekend-long celebrations in October. Guests at this year’s Festival (14th – 16th October 2016) include Charlie Adlard (artist on The Walking Dead), Jordi Bernet (Torpedo and Jonah Hex), Rufus Dayglo (2000AD‘s “Bad Company”, Last ... Read More »

A Box of Delights: London’s Cartoon Museum

The Spider by Reg Bunn © TimeUK

Alan Russell visits London’s Cartoon Museum, revealing some of its treasures for British comic fans… I’ve been a comics fan since I was a young child back in the early 1970s. In those days of course, there were far fewer things to capture your attention. But if you had an imagination and had thrilled to images of NASA travelling to the moon, ... Read More »

On The Trail of the Lonesome Bucket in Dundee

It would be hard, to be honest, to find many Scots who have not heard of, or read the comic stories of Oor Wullie, a Scottish laddie who has never grown up, and has captured the hearts of millions over the years. His fame here in Scotland (and Northern England) is pretty all encompassing, which should really be no surprise ... Read More »

Bryan Talbot’s “One Bad Rat” artwork on display as part of Beatrix Potter exhibition

Kendal Museum is hosting Beatrix Potter’s Inspiring Legacy, an exhibition of artwork which inspired Beatrix Potter and artwork which has been inspired by her, while also exploring her scientific legacy as a fungi expert and sheep breeder. It includes 12 pages from The Tale of One Bad Rat by award-winning graphic novelist  Bryan Talbot, a powerful story about child abuse, ... Read More »

In Review: Dan Dare at The Atkinson, Southport

Beware the Mekon! Photo: Dan Whitehead

Dan Whitehead visited The Atkinson in Southport, Merseyside – the town where Eagle comic was first created by Frank Hampson and Marcus Morris – and offers his take on the permanent Dan Dare exhibition there… I have an almost lifelong affection for Dan Dare and Eagle. The comic was relaunched in the 1980s, just as I was ready to graduate from The ... Read More »

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