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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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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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Artist Highlights: Leo Baxendale

Introduction

To write about Leo Baxendale is to write about one of the most prolific, funny, subversive, and revolutionary comic artists in the UK. According to cartoonist Lew Stringer, “Leo is the most influential artist in British humour comics over the past 60 years. Even today, long after Leo retired from traditional children’s comics, his style is still evident in the pages of The Beano and other comics. His strips were certainly a big influence on my work and that of artists such as David Sutherland, Tom Paterson and Nigel Parkinson.” (Blimey!)

Several books could be written about his life and the impact that he has had on children and young artists throughout the decades. Alas! A simple blog post will not do him justice, but we are certainly going to try. Baxendale will be the first of our artist highlights for the Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum.

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Comic Highlights: Danger Mouse

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from the Danger Mouse comic strip that appeared in Look-In magazine in 1982. The artwork was done by Arthur James Ranson (b. 1939) and the script was written by Angus P. Allan (1936-2007). It features two consecutive pages, but only one of them is usually on display at the Comics Gallery in the Cartoon Museum. This blog post offers additional information on the history of publication of this comic and on one of the greatest cartoon characters ever created in the UK: Danger Mouse!

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Comic Highlights: The Steel Claw

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from one of the most popular heroes from the 60s and the 70s: The Steel Claw. Currently on display in the Comic Art Gallery is a page created by Jesús Blasco for Valiant & TV21 between 1971 and 1973. This blog post offers additional information on the history of publication and a biography of this comic strip character.

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