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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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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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Comic Highlights: The Tale of One Bad Rat

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from The Tale of One Bad Rat, a four-issue limited series comic created by Bryan Talbot between 1994 and 1995. It was published by Dark Horse Comics and soon after a collected edition was released. This graphic novel is featured in the exhibition The Great British Graphic Novel (20th April – 24th July, 2016).

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Comic Highlights: V for Vendetta

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from one of the most iconic graphic novels of the 20th century: V of Vendetta. Written by Alan Moore and drawn by David Lloyd, with additional colours done by Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds, it was originally serialised between 1982 and 1985 in Warrior, then reprinted in the USA by DC/Vertigo who picked it up in 1988 and published the series to completion. Currently, the last page is being displayed at the Comics Gallery in the Cartoon Museum. This graphic novel is also featured in the exhibition The Great British Graphic Novel (20th April – 24th July, 2016).

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Comic Highlights: Lady Chatterley´s Lover

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from the adaptation into a graphic novel of D.H. Lawrence’s racy novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover by Hunt Emerson for Knockabout Comics in 1986. Currently it is being displayed at the Comics Gallery in the Cartoon Museum. This graphic novel is also featured in the exhibition The Great British Graphic Novel (20th April – 24th July, 2016).

As this blog post does make reference to the explicit contents of the novel, wives, servants and those of a sensitive disposition are forewarned!

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Comic Highlights: Watchmen

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has the only page of original art on public display from one of the most iconic comics of all time: Watchmen. Written by Alan Moore, drawn by Dave Gibbons and coloured by John Higgins, it was published by DC Comics between 1986 and 1987 in a 12-issue comic book limited series before it was collected in a single volume in 1987. The Comic Creators Project was able to acquire one page of the original art and it can now be seen in the Comics gallery at the Cartoon Museum. This graphic novel is featured in the exhibition The Great British Graphic Novel (20th April – 24th July, 2016).

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