Ronald Searle Tribute Find

For those of you unfamiliar, Ronald Searle was an accomplished British cartoonist whose credits included Punch, but he’s better known as the man who created the girls of St. Trinians and anarchic 1950s schoolboy Nigel Molesworth.

The Ronald Searle Tribute blog is compiled by several Searle experts, headed up by freelance artist Matt Jones, who works in the animation industry in France. Most recently he’s been storyboarding on BiboFilms’ A Monster In Paris.

This is a another of those great finds you come across completely by accident on the web, with details of new releases, art samples, exhibition news, uself Searle links and much more.

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The web site offers this potted bio of Searle, whose work has surely influenced many a British comics artist:

“Searle was born in Cambridge in 1920 and was educated there at the Cambridge School of Art. On the outbreak of the Second World War he left his studies to serve in the Royal Engineers and in 1942 was captured by the Japanese at Singapore, then held by them for three and a half years.

“He is a hugely successful graphic artist and pictorial satirist. As well as his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth books and his invention of St Trinians, his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions across the world and appears in several major American and European collections.

“He moved to Paris in 1961 and then, in 1975, to a remote village in Haute-Provence, where he still lives.”

More Searle Links: • Official web site: • Ronald Searle Art and Prints for Sale:

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.

One thought on “Ronald Searle Tribute Find

  • January 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the plug! Lots of exciting news coming this year for Searle fans to celebrate his ninetieth birthday!

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