"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

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018

In Pictures: European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories at the British Library

Following up on their appearance at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Czech artists Tomáš Kučerovský and Toy_Box, two of the authors of the collective project We’re Still at War, were joined at the British Library in London last night by German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug (Heimat) for a panel titled “European Graphic Novels:Continue reading In Pictures: European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories at the British Library

We’re Still At War front cover

Cartoon Cats and Gormenghast too – British Library Comics and Art Events for autumn 2018

The list of talks at the British Library this autumn has been released and there are some great events for comics and fantasy novel fans, featuring some terrific creators from both the UK and Europe. First up is “European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories“, chaired by author Paul Gravett on 16th October. The talk probesContinue reading Cartoon Cats and Gormenghast too – British Library Comics and Art Events for autumn 2018

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Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Chie Kutsuwada, Fumo Obata and Paul Gravett head up “The Manga Phenomenon” at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday 5th October 2018. as regular downthetubes readers know, Manga is big business in Japan. Comics make up nearly 40% of the sales of all publications and several weekly manga magazines have among the highest circulationsContinue reading Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

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