Art by Rachael Bell

Creating Comics: Developing your Graphic Novel with Rachael Ball

The House of Illustration in London is offering an advanced, two-day intensive course for people who have already completed a beginners’ graphic novel course, or those working on a graphic novel, tutored by Rachael Bell – but there are very few tickets left. If you would benefit from further mentoring and help in structuring, scripting,Continue reading Creating Comics: Developing your Graphic Novel with Rachael Ball

Cartoonist Kev F. Sutherland dutifully tries to make a silk purse out of a pig's ear on The Apprentice

In Review: The Apprentice does Comics… Badly

A fleet of four black cars, sixteen wheelie suitcases, early morning phone calls and a bunch of bold claims. If downthetubes is covering this show, it can only mean one thing… over on The Apprentice, they tried making some comics. And they did – but oh, dear, what a disaster… The Apprentice is back onContinue reading In Review: The Apprentice does Comics… Badly

North Korean Comics. From the collection of Nicholas Bonner. Image courtesy of Phaidon. Photograph by Justin Piperger

House of Illustration hosts the first ever UK exhibition devoted to North Korean comics

London’s House of Illustration is hosting the UK’s first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea, revealing a style honed over decades in a closed society – and has announced a talk by comics expert Paul Gravett to discuss the subject. In 1991, North Korea’s Kim Jong II declared that the nation should “developContinue reading House of Illustration hosts the first ever UK exhibition devoted to North Korean comics

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen exhibition opens in London this week

A new exhibition of the work of celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe will open at the House of Illustration this week, providing a rare opportunity to explore extensive but little-known production designs with storyboards, costumes and props from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Disney’s Hercules and English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This is the first major exhibition ofContinue reading Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen exhibition opens in London this week

A Hiromasa Ogura watercolour painting for the Ghost in the Shell anime

London’s House of Illustration lands “Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan” Exhibition

London’s House of Illustration is to host Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan, the first UK exhibition of illustrations for classic SF anime films, including the recently re-released Ghost in the Shell anime later this year. Shown in Berlin last year, this is the UK’s first ever exhibition of handmade background illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films focuses onContinue reading London’s House of Illustration lands “Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan” Exhibition