Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories

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Love The Beano? Can’t get enough of superheroes? Read The Phoenix? Always wanted to have a go at making your own comic? You must visit the brand new Comics exhibition at Seven Stories.

Seven Stories has gathered together an eclectic mix of original comic art to impress and inspire all comics’ fans. See Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940s and 50s; find old friends like Oor Wullie, Minnie the Minx and Roy of the Rovers; imagine yourself on an adventure with Dan Dare from The Eagle.

The exhibition will feature Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and Hulk as drawn by British artist Ian Churchill. Ian works for Marvel and DC Comics, America’s largest comic corporations.

Current British comics creators like Kate Brown, Jamie Smart and Laura Ellen Anderson have prepared storyboards, sketches and 3d models to lend to the exhibition as well as giving Seven Stories’ visitors unique insight into their creative processes.

• Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories runs until June 2018 at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ. More details here:


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  • 24/06/2018 - 29/11/2018 All day

    In February 2018, London's Cartoon Museum celebrated twelve years at 35 Little Russell Street, during which time it has put on 50 exhibitions of cartoons, comics, caricature, graphic novels and animation. 50 Glorious Shows! is the museum's 51st exhibition at Little Russell Street and features items from, or relating to, all the previous exhibitions. It also showcases many of the wonderful artworks which the museum has acquired since 2006.

    The opening of the new exhibition comes ahead of some major great news about the Museum, and from what we've been told so far an announcement coming soon is a big one. More as soon as we get it.

    Cartoon Museum - 50 Glorious Shows

    50 Glorious Shows! celebrates the world of British cartoons and comics in its many forms and features works by past masters of the British tradition of cartooning such as Hogarth, Gillray, Tenniel, Heath Robinson, Pont, H .M. Bateman, E. H. Shepard and Ronald Searle.

    Top comic artists and graphic novelists such as Dudley D. Watkins, John McCrea and Garth Ennis, Hunt Emerson, David Lloyd, Posy Simmonds and Bryan Talbot have featured in several exhibitions, and are now part of the collection. For those who love a laugh, there are treats by Sally Artz, Larry, Frank Dickens, Mike Williams, Michael Heath, Kipper Williams, Peattie and Taylor, and many great joke cartoonists both past and present.

    Britain has a great tradition of political satire, and the show will include selections from the Musuem's Spitting Image, €urobollocks! Bell Èpoque, Maggie! Maggie! Maggie!, Punch, Private Eye and Steadman@77 exhibitions, as well as some recent donations by the rising generation of political cartoonists.

    At the heart of political and social satire is great caricature, and the exhibition includes brilliant exponents of the art such as Max Beerbohm, Mark Boxer, Robert Sherriffs and Trog.

    Other exhibitions have looked at how cartoons and comics have reflected social, cultural and political changes, including two world wars, the changing face of marriage, the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and Britian's relationship with the demon drink. One of the most vibrant areas of cartooning and comics is the world of graphic novels, which is represented by a selection of work produced by British graphic novelists over the last twenty-five years.

    When the Cartoon Museum moved to Little Russell Street in 2006 the collection numbered about 1,500 original works. It has now grown to over 4,200 works. The museum has only a tiny fund for acquisitions, so the majority of these works have been acquired through generous donations and bequests by artists and their families, collectors, and Friends of the Museum.

    It is only with the support of organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends and Trustees of the Cartoon Museum that the museum has been able to purchase artworks and significantly extend its holdings of rare items such as the artwork for a Beano cover by Dudley D. Watkins, a Gillray printing plate and the original 1961advertising poster for the new Private Eye.

    "We hope that 50 Glorious Shows!, a tempting bouquet picked from the museum's growing collection, will lure visitors deeper into the delights of the world of cartoon and comic creators," says museum curator Anita O’Brien, "and prepare the ground for future discoveries in this rich field."

    • 50 Glorious Shows! runs from 28th March until 2nd September 2018 at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH, Tel: 0207 580 8155 Web: | Facebook | Twitter

  • Orbital Comics - Treasury of British Comics Exhibition SNIP
    24/06/2018 - 23/07/2018 All day

    London’s Orbital Comics welcomes 2000AD publisher Rebellion Publishing to the Orbital Gallery in a celebration of their imprint, The Treasury of British Comics!

    Rebellion have been lovingly breathing life into some of the most classic British comics of the 1970s and 80s, and in honour of these revived books they’ll be pulling back the curtain to reveal a rich variety of original art, displayed lovingly on our walls.

    • Treasury of British Comics Exhibition, 1st – 30th June 2018 Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA. The exhibition opens with a special free opening night event from 7.00pm on Saturday 2nd June 2018 Web:

    • Treasury of British Comics Official Site

  • Escaping War and Waves by Olivier Kugler SNIP
    24/06/2018 - 30/06/2018 All day

    Escaping War and Waves is a stunning collection of  Olivier Kugler‘s compelling series of evocative drawings documenting the experiences of Syrian refugees he met in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, France, Germany, Switzerland and England, mostly on assignment for Médecins Sans Frontières.

    Based on many interviews, and hundreds of reference photos, Oliver’s beautifully observed drawings of his interviewees bring to life their location – a room, a camp, on the road. His reporting of their stories is peppered with snatches of conversation and images of the objects that have become such a significant part of their lives.

    Myriad Editions will publish Escaping War and Waves, and if you’re in any way curious about the plight of refugees in the 21st century, you should buy this book.

    Drawings from Escaping Wars and Waves will be exhibited at The Print House Gallery, Hackney during Refugee Week (18th – 24th June 2018), and if you’re in London do try and get to see this.

    • Escaping War and Waves will be published on 5th July 2018 by Myriad Editions in partnership with Penn State University Press in North America. Work from the project will be exhibited at The Print House Gallery, 18 Ashwin St, Hackney, London E8 3DL during Refugee Week (18-24 June 2018)

    Read our news story about Myriad Editions Escaping War and Waves

    • Olivier Kugler Official Site:

    • Eye Magazine: Olivier Kugler – Bearing Witness

    • We Make It Projects – Escaping War and Waves

  • 24/06/2018 - 24/09/2018 All day

    Love Comics? This is your chance to enjoy an eclectic mix of original comic art that will impress and inspire most comics’ fans.

    See Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940s and 50s; find old friends like Oor Wullie, Minnie the Minx and Roy of the Rovers; imagine yourself on an adventure with Dan Dare from Eagle.

    The exhibition features Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and Hulk as drawn by British artist Ian Churchill. Ian works for Marvel and DC Comics, America’s largest comic corporations.

    ThatComicShop is hosting a free special launch day celebration of comics from 12 noon - 4.00pm on Saturday 23rd June in Preston's Flag Market and the Harris Museum. Get along fancy dress (if desired) to see lots of wonderful comic-related stalls, artists at work, kids comic crafts, drawing boards, artwork and cosplayers.

    There’s lots to see and do with a choice of food vendors on the market too. Fun for all ages!

    Look out for family events taking place throughout the exhibition.

    • Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art 23rd June - 23rd September 2018 Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP. Web: | Opening times here (open every day, varying times) | Follow the Harris Museum on Twitter @HarrisPreston | In partnership with Seven Stories

    • For more information about the Launch Event, check out this page on Facebook | ThatComicShop is at 116 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2EE and online at and on Facebook here

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