The Graphic Art of Comment


With the flurry of outrage over New Yorker‘s recent Barrack Obama cover, a new exhibition of cartoons commenting on politics and more published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper may well gain more attention than usual.

The Graphic Art of Comment
runs from Thursday 24 July until Friday September 26 2008 at the The Newsroom, Archive and Visitor Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA, offering a collection of illustrations and cartoons from the Comment pages of the Guardian. Featuring the work of artists such as Steve Bell, Simon Farr and Martin Rowson, the exhibition showcases the distinctive visual intelligence and wit that the illustrators and cartoonists bring to bear on the issues of the day.

A free catalogue will accompany the show, while stocks last. (free p+p)

Opening times to the exhibition:
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Closed August Bank Holiday weekend, 23 and 25 August.
Free admission, free catalogue while stocks last. For more information call 020 7886 9898 or email

The web sites of the artists featured:

Simon Farr
David Parkins
Matt Kenyon
Daniel Pudles
JAS (Jim Sillavan)
Frazer Hudson
Paul Blow
Tobias Shickey
Simon Pemberton
Joe Magee
Lawrence Zeegan
Phil Disley
Tim Ellis
Gillian Blease
Gary Kempston
Satoshi Kambayashi
Toby Morrison
Steve Bell
Martin Rowson
Matthew Richardson

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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