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

The British Museum team busy installing a show-stopping 17-metre-long theatre curtain ahead of the opening of the MANGA Exhibition earlier this month. It was made by Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyōsai for the Shintomi Theatre on 30th June 1880. That day, after drinking a few bottles of rice wine, Kyōsai retreated to a studio and started painting. Just four hours later he emerged with the huge curtain, depicting members of the acting company as various kinds of monsters. The curtain is on loan from the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University. Photo: British Museum

British Museum’s massive MANGA exhibition opens this week

Author and manga expert Paul Gravett was lucky to be granted an exclusive sneak peek at The British Museum‘s MANGA exhibition, opening this week – and he’s very impressed. Announced last year, the exhibition, which will run until August, explores the phenomenon of manga and is the largest exhibition of the art ever to take placeContinue reading British Museum’s massive MANGA exhibition opens this week

The ‘Outside’ World: Isolationism and Interconnectedness in Comics Cultures

International Graphic Novel Conference to see launch of new Dementia-focused comic and Laydeez do Comics Manchester

Comics archivist and internationally-respected advocate of the form Paul Gravett is giving a Keynote Speech at the 2019 International Graphic Novel Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University in June. The Speech is just one of a number of pubic events that are part of a full day of public comic events that are part of the conference, including the launch of There’s No Bus Map for Dementia, a new mini-comic about dementia and a Your Life Stories as Comics workshop from members of Laydeez do Comics, as well as LDC’s first ever Manchester event.Continue reading International Graphic Novel Conference to see launch of new Dementia-focused comic and Laydeez do Comics Manchester

Comics artist, writer and publisher Rafael Coutinho and Dr Edward King talking about Brazilian Comics at the Embassy of Brazil 28th March 2019

Talking Brazilian Comics: Rafael Coutinho’s Panel at the Embassy of Brazil

The Embassy of Brazil in London recently hosted a fascinating discussion about the rich world of independent Brazilian comics with artist, writer and Festival organiser Rafael Coutinho, interviewed by Dr Edward King from the University of Bristol, author of Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America. I recorded the event, and you can listenContinue reading Talking Brazilian Comics: Rafael Coutinho’s Panel at the Embassy of Brazil

"Master Race" byBill Gaines, Al Feldstein and Bernie Krigstein SNIP

As relevant today as it was in 1955: why the EC story “Master Race” still resonates

On offer over on Heritage Auctions right now is the original art for the eight page story “Master Race” by Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein and Bernie Krigstein, a story first published in Impact #1 by US publisher EC in 1955… a story sadly as pertinent today as it was back then. The story, published in colour,Continue reading As relevant today as it was in 1955: why the EC story “Master Race” still resonates