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Nelson launches with artwork exhibitions

November 28, 2011 in Events, News

Nelson book coverAn exhibition featuring artwork from the new graphic novel Nelson has opened upstairs at the Cartoon Museum in London, and runs until February.

Nelson is a a collective graphic novel, a 250-page collaboration between 54 British comic creators. The work of 15 of those artists can be seen at the museum, and more is on display at Gosh Comics in Soho.

Based on an original idea by Rob Davis and co-edited by Davis and Woodrow Phoenix, Nelson is the fictional life story of Nel Baker from her birth in 1968 to the present day. Each artist took on one day from those 43 years.  The book celebrates the diversity of talent in British comics. The artists involved are from editorial and newspaper strips, humour comics and magazines, children’s books, indie and web publishing, and sci-fi and superhero comics.

Nelson artwork

All profits from the book go to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. See more at the website of the publisher Blank Slate Books.

Round-up: What the Bloghorn saw

July 1, 2011 in News

Rob Murray writes:

Australian current affairs website Crikey asks whether all physical attributes are fair game for caricature, or whether some may leave the cartoonist facing charges of sexism.

Too soon? In poor taste? Or a reasonable artistic response to world events? Eyebrows are being raised over at the Washington Post about a new graphic novel that interprets the events surrounding the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Samples from a draft of the book can be seen here.

Scheduled for the last week in September, the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature 2011 is shaping up to be a memorable event for all those with an interest in illustration. The confirmed line-up includes appearances by artists including Axel Scheffler, Lydia Monks and Tony DiTerlizzi. Other highlights are a talk on Hergé’s great creation by Tintinologist Michael Farr, and a chance for kids to have a go at making their own picture book.

Retail news for all those either London-bound or living in the capital: haven for all things cartoony, Gosh! Comics, is moving to bigger premises after 25 years opposite the British Museum. It will relocate to a larger store at 1 Berwick Street in August.

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