An image from the “Looking Glass” accompanying an 1825 piece on the grave-robbing problem

Through the Looking Glass: Inside the pages of the Oldest Comic in the World

Article first published 15th March 2016 By Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow Here’s a good pub quiz question: what was the world’s first comic? If you’ve no idea, don’t feel too foolish. It wasn’t even recognised by experts until a few years ago and is still debatable today. But long before Viz, The Beano, EagleContinue reading Through the Looking Glass: Inside the pages of the Oldest Comic in the World

Age of Glamour revisited in new Robert Stewart Sherriffs exhibition

A unique collection of glamorous 1920s and 1930s portraits will go on display for the first time at London’s Cartoon Museum from 11th September, featuring the work of caricaturist Robert Stewart Sherriffs. The exhibition features illustrations of actors Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, Gloria Swanson, Buster Keaton, Merle Oberon, ShirleyContinue reading Age of Glamour revisited in new Robert Stewart Sherriffs exhibition

Call for Papers: Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature, and Satirical Art

The Rhodes Colossus: a caricature in Punch, published in December 1892, by Linley Sambourne of Cecil John Rhodes, after he announced plans for a telegraph line and railroad from Cape Town to Cairo. A group of academics has put out a call for papers for a new study titled Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons,Continue reading Call for Papers: Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature, and Satirical Art