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Comic Highlights: The Trigan Empire

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, more commonly known as The Trigan Empire. Currently on display in the Comic Art Gallery, we have a page with the original artwork done by Ron Embleton (Look &Learn, 1969), as well as the Dutch weekly Eppo cover that was created in 1979 by Don Lawrence.  Continue reading “Comic Highlights: The Trigan Empire”

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Comic Highlights: Janus Stark

Introduction

The Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum in London has original artwork from one of the most fondly beloved heroes from the 70s: Janus Stark. Currently on display in the Comic Art Gallery, this blog post offers additional information on this comic character. Continue reading “Comic Highlights: Janus Stark”

Comic Creator’s Day 2 (October 31, 2015)-Part 2

It is not an exaggeration to say that Watchmen is one of the most iconic graphic novels of the 20th century. Since it was first published as a collection in 1987 by DC, Watchmen has been recognized in Time‍ ’​s List of the 100 Best Novels as one of the best English language novels published since 1923. Written by Alan Moore, drawn by Dave Gibbons and coloured by John Higgins, the story follows the personal development and moral struggles of retired superheroes as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero leads them to become active again.

With these credentials it was no wonder that the audience that stopped by Comic Creators Day 2 were eager to hear about this comic from the two artists involved in the project: Dave Gibbons and John Higgins. With an original page from the comic next to the colour guide and final print in the background, the format for their presentation took the form of a conversation between two old friends reminiscing about the time when they worked together on this comic. Continue reading “Comic Creator’s Day 2 (October 31, 2015)-Part 2”

Comic Creator’s Day 2 (October 31, 2015)-Part 1

On October 31, some of the UK’s top comic creators stopped by the Cartoon Museum’s open day to talk about their work in front of “their work”. Their visit was the cherry on the cake, since on the same day we opened a new exhibition of original comic artwork that is still on display in our upstairs gallery.

In 2014, the Cartoon Museum was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to acquire, conserve, and display classic British comic art. The new exhibition contains some of our latest acquisitions, including artwork from fondly-remembered favourites such as The Sparky, Buster, and Princess Tina. There’s also beautifully-painted art from The Trigan Empire, including a rarely seen cover from a Dutch reprint; detailed pencil roughs of Batman by the UK’s Brian Bolland; Judge Dredd by Carlos Ezquerra; and a page from Watchmen – both the original art by Dave Gibbons and the original colour guide by John Higgins. Continue reading “Comic Creator’s Day 2 (October 31, 2015)-Part 1”

Comics Are Dead. Long Live Comics!

Step into any newsagent these days and you won’t see many comics on sale; some shops don’t sell any. If you visit WH Smith or any of the other larger stores, you’ll find a comics section, but it’ll be filled with TV and toy tie-ins and reprints of American fare. The only regularly-published, whole-cloth British comics to have survived are The Beano, 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine, The Phoenix, Commando (that little square war comic – yes, it’s still around), and VIZ.

Until the 1980s, those same newsagent shelves were filled with 30 or 40 different comics every week; Whizzer & Chips, Buster, Monster Fun, Mandy, Whoopee, Battle, and Roy of the Rovers jostled with TV Comic, The Beano, Sparky, Topper, Bunty, Beezer, Hotspur, Warlord, and The Dandy. Then there were the US reprints: Mighty World of Marvel, Spider-Man Comics Weekly, Planet of the Apes, The Titans, Dracula Lives, The Avengers and many more. There were nursery titles and, if you were lucky, a squeaky swivel-rack at the back of the shop rammed with out-of-date American comics. And that’s just a snapshot of the mid-70s. Continue reading “Comics Are Dead. Long Live Comics!”

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