“Alice in Cartoonland” exhibition opens at London’s Cartoon Museum

Alice in Cartoonland Exhibition 2015

London’s Cartoon Museum‘s latest exhibition Alice in Cartoonland opens today, celebrating Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s many misadventures at the hands of cartoonists, caricaturists and satirists, animators and graphic artists through 150 years of parodies and pastiches, jibes, jokes and gags aimed at making political points, social comment or just intended to make us laugh.

Artists represented range from David Low, Vicky, EH Shepard and Leslie Illingworth to via Ronald Searle and ffolkes to Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman and Martin Rowson. There are Alice posters by Gilroy advertising Guinness, cartoon strips featuring Flook and Snoopy, pages from comics and graphic novels and original animation art from film and TV versions of Alice. 
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The exhibition comes hand hand with a programme of events, including a talk tonight by Bryan Talbot, writer and artist of many graphic novels – including The Adventures of Luther ArkwrightThe Tale of One Bad RatDotter of Her Father’s Eyes, the Grandville series and Alice in Sunderland. Bryan will be in conversation with Brian Sibley, writer, broadcaster and President of the Lewis Carroll Society, talking about Alice and her creator, and their adventures in Wonderland and beyond the Looking-glass.

On 31st July, join us for Magic, March Hares & Mad Hatters – a wonderful trip down the rabbit hole. Magician David Weeks will give a curious and wonderful performance of Alice-themed tricks; try your hand at origami, or make yourself a quirky top hat or pair of ears; play a game of indoor croquet or tackle a game of chess; dance to Alice-themed music; watch the 1903 version of Alice in Wonderland; and their will be prizes for the person who can Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat, and prizes for all those who take part in our Caucus race (because everyone’s a winner!). And don’t forget to dress up! There will be a prize for the best costume. The vent is free but booking is essential.

On 30th September Brian Sibley, writer, broadcaster and President of the Lewis Carroll Society presents “You might make a joke on that” – an illustrated talk on Alice’s many adventures in Cartoonland from the comic drawings of amateur artist Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll’s alter ego) via the work of Alice in Wonderland‘s first illustrator, pre-eminent Punch cartoonist, John Tenniel, to 150 years of political caricatures, cartoon gags and jokes, strips, comic books and graphic novels and the work of animators and advertising artists. Book here

A Madhatting: Hat Making Workshop on 7th October includes a chance to see the exhibition and enjoy a glass of champagne and cake during an evening of “pure craft and pleasure”. Michelle from Petersham’s Millinery will guide you through how to make your very own Alice-themed fascinator, using the Cartoon Museum’s Alice in Cartoonland exhibition as inspiration. Book here

• Alice from Wonderland to Sunderland 15th July 18.30 – 19.30 | £10 (£8 for Friends of the Museum) | Includes a chance to see the exhibition | Book Here

Alice in Cartoonland runs until 1st November 2015. The Cartoon Museum is at 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH Tel: 0207 580 8155| Opening Hours Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.30 (including Bank Holidays), Sundays 12.00 – 17.30 | Web: www.cartoonmuseum.org

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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