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Comic Highlights: Hellblazer

John Constantine has fought world-shattering demonic entities on alternate planes of reality, stared down abyssal horrors that would strike the sanity from ordinary men, and saved the lives of countless innocents during his decades-long career. Yet you’d be far more likely to find the eponymous anti-hero of Hellblazer getting stone drunk at the local boozer than performing feats of derring-do.

If you’re lucky, he might sketch out a few arcane symbols in the beer of a spilled pint before disappearing into the shadows.
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The Comic Creators Project has recently acquired a page of original art of The Big Yin! Started in 1975 by artist Malcolm “Malky” McCormick and featured in the Sunday Times, The Big Yin follows the adventures of well known Scottish comedian, Billy Connolly. It will be displayed later this year.



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Comic Creators Day 3

Comic Creators Day 3 went down beautifully on August 13th here at the Cartoon Museum. We held three featured events, and allowed for free admission to the museum so that anyone could come in and see our new original art work!

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Comic Highlights: I Spy


The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from I Spy, a novelty strip where the hero was a secret agent who wore a long trench coat which concealed hundreds of weapons and gadgets (similar to a character from Smash! called The Cloak and a definite forerunner of Inspector Gadget).

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Artist Highlights: Ron Embleton

Ronald Sydney Embleton was born in London on the 6th of October of 1930. At the tender age of nine, Ron submitted a political cartoon to the News of the World. Shortly after his parents received a letter that said “you should have him trained” (Clark 1998, 54). Following this sound advice, Ron attended the south East Essex Technical College and School of Art and trained with the painter David Bromberg. At age twelve he won a national poster competition (Wikipedia) and at the age of seventeen he proceeded to sell his first cartoon strip, in 1947, to Scion, a small London publisher at the same time that he contributed to several titles published by Gerald G. Swan.

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Comic Creators Re-Hang: July and August 2016

Nothing is more boring than going to a gallery and seeing the same pieces over and over again. After a while it’s time to shake it up, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here at the Cartoon Museum.

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Popeye and his TV Comic Artists


Popeye was introduced to its American audience in 1929 by creator Elzie Crisler Segar in his strip, Thimble Theatre. Re-christened ‘Popeye’, it made its UK debut in the Daily Mirror in 1937, where it ran until 1946. After the death of Segar in 1938 the strip was continued by other writers and artists, most notably Segar’s assistant Bud Sagendorf. The popularity of Popeye’s animated antics on ITV led TV Comic to secure a licence to produce UK-originated strips, and it introduced Popeye with a front cover story, drawn by AW ‘Chick’ Henderson, in 1960. Popeye remained with TV Comic, making over 1200 appearances, until it folded in 1984.

thimble theater

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Artist Highlights: Reg Bunn

Reginald “Reg” Bunn was a fantastic British comic artist best known for being the co-creator next to Ted Cowan of the anti-hero The Spider. His popularity seems to have grown over the years, but very little is known about his life. Although by no means comprehensive, this blog post brings together the bits and pieces of information scattered around the net and in some ‘old fashioned’ books to give a biography of one of the most prolific British artists. Continue reading “Artist Highlights: Reg Bunn”

Comic Highlights: The Adventures of Luther Arkwright


The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, a  limited series comic written and drawn by Bryan Talbot between 1978 and 1989. It was followed by a sequel called Heart of Empire: The Legacy of Luther Arkwright in 1995, which was published by Dark Horse Comics. In 2014, this publisher released Arkwright Integral, which combined both stories with an introduction by Michael Moorcock, an afterword by Warren Ellis, and plenty of additional material. This graphic novel is featured in the exhibition The Great British Graphic Novel (20th April – 24th July, 2016).

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