An exhibition at London’s Cartoon Museum looking at the rise of the British Graphic novel has just opened, featuring works by Kate Charlesworth, Rob Davis, Dave Gibbons, William Hogarth, Gary Spencer Millidge, the Pleece Brothers, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others.
Top cartoonist Hunt Emerson, who was at the opening night, has drawn the exhibition catalogue/poster, which the Museum has had printed at A2 size and also made as a huge display board.
“It has been meticulously planned and intelligently curated by Paul Williams and Anita O’Brien,” reports comic creator Gary Spencer Millidge, who was at the Opening Night, “ably assisted by the rest of the very talented gang at the Cartoon Museum, and not only tracks the development of the art form, it provides an overview of the diverse talent within the UK’s graphic novel community and also offers an insight into modern and traditional creative techniques.”
Gary says his personal favourites in the exhibition, which runs until 24th July 2016, are the spectacular multimedia work of Dave McKean and Mark Buckingham – “and terrific also to see two Exit pages from his old self-publishing colleague Nabiel Kanan.”
• Exhibition admission £7/ £5 concessions. The Cartoon Museum is at 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH, Tel: 0207 580 8155. Opening Hours Monday to Saturday: 10.30 – 17.30 (including Bank Holidays); Sundays 12.00 – 17.30 Web: http://cartoonmuseum.org | Facebook | Twitter @Cartoonmuseumuk
• To accompany the exhibition, the Cartoon Museum is offering a limited series of free workshops to school groups. For more details see the Cartoon Museum’s schools page
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.