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London’s House of Illustration seeks Illustrator in Residence for 2020

London’s House of Illustration is seeking applications for its sixth Illustrator in Residence, so if you’re a designer or illustrator up for the challenge of creating an ambitious body of work that challenges perceptions of what illustration can be, apply now for their annual residency. The organisation, currently hosting exhibitions of the work of QuentinContinue reading London’s House of Illustration seeks Illustrator in Residence for 2020

Art by Posy Simmonds

“Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective” Exhibition opens this week

Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective opens at London’s House of Illustration on Friday (24th May), running until 15th September. Co-curated by Paul Gravett, author of the recently released Posy Simmonds monograph from Thames & Hudson, it’s the first major British exhibition of the celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist. Posy Simmonds once described her job onContinue reading “Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective” Exhibition opens this week

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