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The evolution of a cartoonist

March 1, 2011 in News

What makes a cartoonist? Or any kind of artist? How much of a person’s skill is down to “natural talent”, if there is such a thing, to the environment they grew up in, or to hard work?

Cartoons by Sophie Crumb

Such issues arise from the book Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist. Sophie is the daughter of Robert Crumb, the godfather of American underground comics, and the book traces her development as an artist from the age of 2 to 29.

Crumb and his wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, who is also a cartoonist and has collaborated with her husband, have kept their daughter’s best drawings since she was a child and have now collected them in this book.

“How much is nature, how much is nurture? Would I draw if I was adopted into another family? I don’t know.” – Sophie Crumb.

Of course, you could argue that such a book would not have been published if it were not for Sophie’s famous surname, but nevertheless it provides a unique snapshot of a lifetime of development. And as you can see from Sophie’s Crumb’s blog, she’s not too shabby at drawing.

You can read more of her thoughts on this in an interview at And there’s a review here.

Capital cartooning

January 15, 2011 in News

Bloghorn notes some new cartoon-related events coming soon to London town.

There’s an exhibition of the cartoons Ronald Searle drew for his wife, Les Très Riches Heures de Mrs. Mole, while she was undergoing chemotherapy, accompanied by a talk on Searle’s life by Valerie Grove on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ. Tickets are £20, books and signed prints will be on sale, with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support and The Foundling Museum. (Thanks to the Ronald Searle Tribute blog for the tip)

There’s free comic workshops on offer for 16-20 year olds at londonprintstudio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the 18th January. There’s a £5 booking fee, but this will be reimbursed on arrival. Visit for more information or call 020 8969 3247 to book. (thanks to for the tip)

And finally, the Comix Reader, is having a launch party upstairs at the Crown, 51 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BL on the 2nd February. The publication, described as “Underground Alternative Independent Satirical Carnivalesque Comix Entertainment” is already on sale for £1 at a number of stockists.

We  are sure there are many other events across the country and we would welcome news of them as readers see them. You can contact us here or using our social media outlets.