Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Roy of the Rovers with a visit to the dedicated pop-up exhibition at Manchester’s National Football Museum, which opens next week, on Friday 19th July.
The Melchester Rovers legend made his first appearance in Tiger comic in 1954, and remains a comic book icon to this very day. His exploits are known far and wide – commentators still use the term “Roy of the Rovers stuff’ when describing last-gasp winners, underdog comebacks and intense cup drama.
Now, thanks to Rebellion Publishing, Roy of the Rovers is back, alongside his new female counterpart, Rocky, and this exhibition is just part of a number of celebrations for the character’s 65 years, including two new collections of older strips, including a Roy of the Rovers 65th Anniversary Special, which will be released on 11th September. as well as ongoing new graphic novels and novels –
In this all-new exhibition, find out how the comic strip has evolved over the years through retrospective artwork, unique objects and family-friendly activities. Practice your drawing skills on light boxes, and don the iconic red and gold kit of Melchester Rovers in the dress-up area!
The Football Museum previously hosted the hugely popular Playing for a Draw football comics exhibition, curated by artist Steve McGarry and backed by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and discussion about use fo Roy of the Rovers imagery in that helped pave the way to bringing the Football Museum and Rebellion together for this new show.
• Roy of the Rovers runs from Thursday 19th July until Sunday 3rd November 2019 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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