Exhibition: Playing for a Draw – the National Football Museum

Playing for a Draw is a new exhibition that showcases the wonderful world of football comic art, curated by top comic artist Steve McGarry.

Offering a snapshot of over one hundred years of graphic soccer-related storytelling, it reveals some of the creativity of football comics and illustration from across the world.

The exhibition was initiated by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival; it’s free to attend, along with a wider programme of related events at the National Football Museum.

The exhibition has been curated by Steve McGarry, one of the world’s most prolific and widely-published football comic artists, in collaboration with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and the National Football Museum.

Based in California but born in Manchester, Steve is the most syndicated British cartoonist, a story artist on major Hollywood movies and a two-term President of the National Cartoonists Society. Over his four-decade career he has regularly graced the pages of soccer magazines MatchMatch of the DayShoot! and created such daily strips as ‘World Soccer Diary’ in The Sun.

Playing for a Draw highlights the diversity of football art from illustration, comics and caricatures through to memorabilia and collectables. The exhibition includes artwork from the 19th century, through early classics such as “Roy of the Rovers” and on to the modern day artists shaping the future of football artwork.

Internationally, there is artwork from Japan, the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.

In addition to historical artwork, Playing for a Draw includes new work specifically created for the exhibition by Steve McGarry, including giant illustrations of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and the women’s football star, Lieke Martens of Barcelona and Holland.

• Playing for a Draw runs from Thursday 5th July until Sunday 2nd September 2018 at the National Football Museum, Urbis building, Manchester, M4 3BG. The exhibition is free to attend, along with the wider programme

• More about the National Football Museum online at www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

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