London’s Cartoon Museum seeks Comics Creators Project Volunteer


If you or someone you know might be interested in spending a couple of days a week for six months working at London’s fine Cartoon Museum, read on.

You don’t need to be a comics ‘expert’ – but you do need a good general awareness of what’s what (someone applied last year that had “never read a comic”).

Here are the details…

Comics Creators Project Volunteer: Cartoon Museum

Employment Status: Volunteer , 2 days per week, 10.00am – 5.30p for 6 months

Salary: Unpaid [travel expenses up to £8 per day reimbursed]

Purpose of Job: To assist with the delivery of the Comics Creators Project, an HLF funded project for its Collecting Cultures programme.

The Cartoon Museum has a huge collection of books, ranging from Pbnch anthologies to books on artists and the history of cartoons and comics. Photo: CArtoon Museum
The Cartoon Museum has a huge collection of books, ranging from Pbnch anthologies to books on artists and the history of cartoons and comics. Photo: CArtoon Museum

As Project Volunteer you will be required to provide support to the Project Curator in the delivery and management of the Comics Creators project, by researching potential acquisitions to the Comics and Sequential Art Collection and assisting with the development and coordination of the activities which include events with project partners.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist with the research into possible acquisitions to the Comics and Sequential Art collection
• Assist with exhibition/display research
• Assist with developing online resources to encourage the sharing of knowledge between partners and to widen the Museum’s audience
• Assist with the development and coordination of activities at the museum

Personal Specification

• An interest in comics and sequential art
• An interest in gaining curatorial experience
• Good attention to detail
• Confident verbal and written communicator
• Excellent organizational skills
• Proficiency in the use of Windows-based packages, particularly Word, Outlook and Excel
• Good level of numeracy
• Ability to work successfully as part of a team and on own initiative

The Museum is particularly looking for someone with experience of web content management, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to the Project Curator: learning@cartoonmuseum.org.uk

• The deadline for the applications is: Sunday 7 May 2017

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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