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June 14, 2013 in Events, General, Links, News

The Addams Family © Charles Addams

Boing Boing draws our attention to a 12-minute documentary about Charles Addams and the inspiration for his ghoulish Family. Watch it here. member Tim Harries will be taking part in a comic fair in Newport this Saturday (15 June). Find an interview with Tim, along with more details of the event, here.

Peter Brookes, the political cartoonist for The Times, has unveiled his decorated Gromit statue, which was produced for charity and features Brookes’ depictions of Ed ‘Wallace’ Miliband and Ed Balls. Read more at the Times site.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall both appear as guest stars in this week’s edition of the Beano. Meanwhile, Beano cartoonist Kev F. Sutherland has been passing on tips to the next generation.

Superman turns 75 this year, and with a new movie interpretation out in cinemas this week, DC Comics has plans for new series featuring its flagship hero. Deseret News, the Mormon news site, looks back at the inspiration for Superman and the character’s virtuous traits in this article. And a copy of Supes’ first appearance has sold for $175,000 – having previously been used as insulation.

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January 20, 2012 in Links

The Chris Beetles Gallery in London is offering work by a wide range of well-known cartoonists in its 13th annual sale. The show features original pieces by cartoonists including Ronald Searle, Norman Thelwell, Matt, Larry, William Heath Robinson, Tony Husband, Michael Heath, Frank Dickens, Mac, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams, among others. There is also plenty of artwork by painters and illustrators working in other fields. See the gallery’s website for details.

Sarah McIntyre spent a day in December with Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer and fellow children’s books illustrator. Sarah visited his studio and leafed through his extremely detailed sketchbooks, posting plenty of photos here.

The Delaware County Daily Times looks at the life and work of William Steig, the prolific New Yorker cartoonist and creator of Shrek, in this insightful article.

And finally, DC Comics — the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman — has unveiled its new logo, which features a “peeled back” design intended to “symbolize the duality of the iconic characters”. Take a look here.