Comics Britannia - image © BBC

BBC Four’s “Comics Britannia” re-visited

Back in 2007, the BBC broadcast Comics Britannia, a three-part documentary series devoted to history of British comics – a welcome and major retrospective of our medium (if a tad simplistic for some commentators tastes), that prompted a lot of creators to suggest the Corporation should do more to cover itContinue reading BBC Four’s “Comics Britannia” re-visited

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Desert Island Dix: The Globe at Hay probes “Klaxon” graphic novel co-creator

The Globe at Hay will be picking the mind of cartoonist Dix later this month, whose dark humour is often found in his cartoon work, and will make for a fascinating desert island picks night. Dix, vicar’s son from deepest darkest Wales, is a freelance illustrator, designer and comic book artist whose output includes regular strips for  The Guardian. His work hasContinue reading Desert Island Dix: The Globe at Hay probes “Klaxon” graphic novel co-creator

Abike’s story about a Nigerian woman trafficked to the UK for sexual exploitation is illustrated by artist Gabi Frödénby and produced by Benjamin Dix

Guardian newspaper launches #OpenComics project

The Guardian Witness has launched its #OpenComics call out, which aims is to get creators of all skill levels to share comics you’ve created that reveal the personal and political untold stories from around the world. Here’s the details in full from The Guardian site… Sometimes the most powerful stories demand to be told creatively. Graphic storytellingContinue reading Guardian newspaper launches #OpenComics project

"Bilious Barrage" made an appearance in the recent Judge Dredd Megazine story "People LIke Us" written by Ian Edginton and drawn by Dave Taylor. 2000AD and its companion titles have a long tradition of political satire. Image © 2000AD

What Have Politicians Ever Done for Comic Creators?

Beyond the world of comics, Britain is in the grip of election fever – and some election issue have been the subject of a recent Judge Dredd Megazine story “People Like Us”, quite apart from politicians attracting the barbs of political cartoonists such as The Guardian‘s Steve Bell, The Times Gary Barker and the Daily Telegraph‘s Matt inContinue reading What Have Politicians Ever Done for Comic Creators?

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Karrie Fransman heads up new Guardian comics masterclass in January

The Guardian newspaper has just announced a Comics Masterclass with Karrie Fransman, taking place in January in London. As with past classes run by Bryan Talbot and Pat Mills organised by the newspaper, “How to create successful comics and graphic novels” offers the opportunity to learn techniques for honing original ideas and getting them published.Continue reading Karrie Fransman heads up new Guardian comics masterclass in January