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December 14, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Axel Scheffler for Royal Mail @Procartoonists.org

Axel Scheffler, the illustrator best known for his work on the Gruffalo books, has produced the designs for Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps this year. Scheffler talks to the BBC about this latest commission, and looks back at his early work, in this short video.

After widespread publicity about falling sales and the decision to cease printing, The Dandy has now gone digital. Check out the first issue of the interactive web comic here.

Newsagent Des Barr requested 50,000 copies of the last print edition of The Dandy and has been selling them from a pop-up store in Glasgow, as well as via the internet. Somewhat ironically, sales have apparently been strong – read about it here, or buy a copy.

In related coverage, New Statesman looks at the UK children’s comic industry – from the online Dandy to The Phoenix and others – and finds it is in rude health. The article is one of several published as part of a week-long celebration of British comics by the magazine. Find the other pieces here.

As part of The Guardian’s coverage of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, illustrator in residence Chris Riddell writes that he has high hopes for the future of illustration in the digital realm.

And finally, Procartoonists.org member Royston Robertson has written an article for Sabotage Times in which he lists 10 cartoonists who have influenced him.

Upcoming cartoon events

October 7, 2010 in Events

Foghorn Bloghorn for The UK Professional Cartoonists’ OrganisationAside from the previously mentioned The Big Draw, there’s a few events that may be of interest to cartoon and comic fans coming up in next couple of months.

This coming Saturday the 9th October is Canterbury Anifest, an animation festival featuring appearances by Wallace and Gromit, Bagpuss, the Gruffalo and Phil Jupitus at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The following weekend (16-17th October) British International Comics Show (BICS) returns to Think Tank in Millennium Point in Birmingham, and features guests including comic fan and CLiNT collaborator Jonathan Ross, Simon Tofield (of Simon’s Cat fame), Vern & Lettuce‘s Sarah Mcintyre, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons and Brum’s very own comic legend, Hunt Emerson.

On 29th-31st October the London MCM Expo at Excel will feature the Comic Village, and also will be hosting the Eagle Awards, the comic industry’s longest standing award.

On Sunday 7th November the Ellis Room at the Royal National Hotel plays host to the Comica Comiket Independent Comics Fair.

Finally,on the 18-21st November Thought Bubble (the Leeds Sequential Art Festival) features the Leeds Graphic Novel Awards for comics books aimed at 11-14 year olds.