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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 »

Star Trek: The Exhibition Set to Beam Into Blackpool

Star Trek: The Exhibition in Blackpool

Star Trek: The Exhibition will beam in to Blackpool at the end of June (Thursday 30th June). Designed by the stage designer Andrew Edwards, The Exhibition will be an experience for fans and families to visit, as it takes audiences on a journey through Star Trek‘s 50-year history with original props, costumes, scripts and photographs that have never previously been seen ... Read More »

Orbital Comics Hosts “Comics in the Kitchen” Exhibition in June

Comics in the Kitchen Exhibition - Orbital Comics, June 2016

Comics. Food. Artists. Recipes. For Orbital Comics next thematic exhibition, the brilliant London comic store has gathered a bunch of food-loving cartoonists and illustrators and asked them what they really enjoy cooking these days. Their answers will be up on the Orbital Gallery walls throughout June, as a glorious exhibition of illustrated recipes. The exhibition will feature works by Sarah Becan; Matt Boyce; ... Read More »

Pictures from an Exhibition: The 2002 Bristol Dan Dare show

Back in 2002, Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery played host to a Dan Dare exhibition, the same year that saw the launch of the short-lived animated series.  One visitor, John Leslie Sinclair, has kindly shared some of his pictures of the event with downthetubes. The exhibition was one of a series that began in 2000, organised by top Dan Dare ... Read More »

Soviet Children’s Book Art at London’s House of Illustration

London’s House of Illustration, currently hosting the marvellous  Comix Creatrix exhibition, will host an exhibition of  Soviet children’s picture book illustration from Russa from the end of May. With their perfect synthesis of typography, design and illustration, Soviet children’s books in the 1920s and 1930s revolutionised the picture book form against a turbulent political backdrop. Subjects ranged from folk tales ... Read More »

Mœbius illustrations help celebrate work of Paulo Coelho 

The work of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was celebrated at the current Salon du Livre in Geneva, Switzerland. (Albeit very briefly, if my limited French is correct). The exhibition includes all 35 watercolour illustrations by the late, great Mœbius  for The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream which was published in 1998. Given Mœbius’ other work, it’s no surprise to ... Read More »

Great British Graphic Novel Exhibition opens at London’s Cartoon Museum

Great British Graphic Novel "Tube Map" by Hunt Emerson

An exhibition at London’s Cartoon Museum looking at the rise of the British Graphic novel has just opened, featuring works by Kate Charlesworth, Rob Davis, Dave Gibbons, William Hogarth, Gary Spencer Millidge, the Pleece Brothers, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others. Top cartoonist Hunt Emerson, who was at the opening night, has drawn the exhibition catalogue/poster, which the Museum has ... Read More »

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