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

Great British Graphic Novel "Tube Map" by Hunt Emerson
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 HogarthGary Spencer Millidge, the Pleece Brothers, Martin RowsonPosy 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 had printed at A2 size and also made as a huge display board.

“It has been meticulously planned and intelligently curated by Paul Williams and Anita O’Brien,” reports comic creator Gary Spencer Millidge, who was at the Opening Night, “ably assisted by the rest of the very talented gang at the Cartoon Museum, and not only tracks the development of the art form, it provides an overview of the diverse talent within the UK’s graphic novel community and also offers an insight into modern and traditional creative techniques.”

Gary says his personal favourites in the exhibition, which runs until 24th July 2016, are  the spectacular multimedia work of Dave McKean and Mark Buckingham – “and terrific also to see two Exit pages from his old self-publishing colleague Nabiel Kanan.”

• Exhibition admission £7/ £5 concessions. The Cartoon Museum is at 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH, Tel: 0207 580 8155. Opening Hours Monday to Saturday: 10.30 – 17.30 (including Bank Holidays); Sundays 12.00 – 17.30 Web: http://cartoonmuseum.org | Facebook | Twitter @Cartoonmuseumuk

• To accompany the exhibition, the Cartoon Museum is offering a limited series of free workshops to school groups. For more details see the Cartoon Museum’s schools page

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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