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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

Related upcoming events

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    An exhibition of art by Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson at The Atkinson, in Southport, Lancashire – where both the character and Eagle comic were “born” in the 1950s.

    The exhibition covers all aspects of Frank Hampson’s career including his early sketches, artwork for Ladybird Books and of course, Dan Dare.

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    • Read Dan Whitehead’s 2016 review of the permanent Frank Hampson exhibition at The Atkinson

    • There’s more about the original creation of the Dan Dare bust by John Fowler here on DanDare.org and the fiftieth anniversary art here on the official Frank Hampson web site, which also has a feature on the birth of Dan Dare and Eagle here

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    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.

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    • 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 http://thatcomicshop.com and on Facebook here

  • 20/09/2018 - 21/12/2018 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: www.harrismuseum.org.uk/exhibitions | 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 http://thatcomicshop.com and on Facebook here

  • 20/09/2018 - 21/03/2019 All day

    An exhibition of art by Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson at The Atkinson, in Southport, Lancashire – where both the character and Eagle comic were “born” in the 1950s.

    The exhibition covers all aspects of Frank Hampson’s career including his early sketches, artwork for Ladybird Books and of course, Dan Dare.

    • Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare Saturday 15th September 2018 – Saturday 16th March 2019 – For more about the exhibition visit The Atkinson web site

    • The Atkinson is at Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB. The Museum and galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm | Check all opening times here | Web: www.theatkinson.co.uk | Find The Atkinson on Facebook: TheAtkinson | Follow The Atkinson on Twitter @AtkinsonThe | Watch The Atkinson video channel on Youtube: AtkinsonThe

    • Read Dan Whitehead’s 2016 review of the permanent Frank Hampson exhibition at The Atkinson

    • There’s more about the original creation of the Dan Dare bust by John Fowler here on DanDare.org and the fiftieth anniversary art here on the official Frank Hampson web site, which also has a feature on the birth of Dan Dare and Eagle here

    • The Old Bakehouse in Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport – the original studio used by Frank Hampson and his team to produce the 1950’s Dan Dare strips – is not open to the public but has been recently restored

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    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: www.harrismuseum.org.uk/exhibitions | 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 http://thatcomicshop.com and on Facebook here

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