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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.

It's grin Up North at comics festival

November 17, 2010 in Events

Thought Bubble, the Leeds Sequential Art Festival, returns this weekend. As in previous years (2008, 2009) there will be the usual mix of workshops, talks and exhibitions, including a one-day Comic Convention.

Cartoonists exhibiting include Sarah McIntyre (Vern and Lettuce), Hugh ‘Shug’ Raine (Reet Comic), Gary Northfield (Derek the Sheep), John Allison (Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery) and Poot! comic.

The winner of the Northern Sequential Art competition will be announced at the convention, but you can see the entries here.

The Festival runs from Thursday 18 November to Sunday 21 November at various locations around Leeds (see here for the full programme), with the convention being held on the Saturday at Saviles Hall  from 10am to 5pm, tickets £10 and the under 12s get in free.

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.