Wisconsin Funnies: 50 Years of Comics

10/08/2020 Exhibition at the West Bend Museum of Wisconsin Art and at Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee. The exhibition covers the major themes, innovations, and publications that characterize the state's contributions to comic culture both Mainstream and Alternative. more...

R.I.P. Denny O’Neil

03/08/2020 Dennis ‘Denny’ O’Neil.  May 3rd 1939 – June 11th 2020 Having written about comics Denny O’Neil contributed his first stories to DC.in 1968. In 1970 he and artist Neal Adams saved Batman. From a time when Batman featured stories in which he was pestered by a Bat-Mite imp, threatened with outsize domestic appliances and where the Joker had a ‘Sky-Sled’ they created the grittier gutsier Batman, the Dark Knight of Gotham City we all know and shudder at today.  more...

'If . .' Steve Bell

27/07/2020 As a Guardian reader and an admirer of its regular cartoonist Steve Bell it was disappointing to see that his work for them on his daily ‘If . . strip is to be discontinued after nearly 40 years.It is not just that he caters to my lefty leanings but that he is a great drawer, inventive, original and makes me smile. Even occasionally laugh. more...

Gary Larson in the net

20/07.2020 Gary Larson’s cartoon set ‘The Far Side’ was syndicated in almost 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995. more...

New look

10/07/2020 I don’t imagine anyone will be as excited by the new site as I am, but here it is. Not just a different in appearance the up-dated site should load more quickly, run faster and be simpler to navigate. It will also give the ability to properly view and use the site on mobile devices such as tablets and phones, with adaptive fonts that adjust to the screen resolution of the site it is viewed on more...

Button Man anybody?

15/6/2020
If anyone is still interested, I’m kind of weakening myself, it was October 2019 the last time a Button Man Netflix movie was mentioned here. It is not something that keeps me awake nights but some small flicker of interest was shown at the last mention, so, for those who might still care . . . .
Last year there was a draft screenplay by Brian Helgland which I saw and about which I had some discussion with another of the Executive Producers.* A revised and refined version of that script was due in February this year.

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Lock-down relief

06/06/2020
With comics un-available from shops Rebellion, with its reputation for good works, their commitment to boredom elimination and with their major characters embodying neighbourliness and community service, have stepped up to soften the blow by presenting some on line.
You can sign up at -

https://2000ad.com/newsletter/

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Look-in back

30/05/2020
Recently I received, curtesy of Dale Jackson, lots of scans of Danger Mouse and Duckula pages from long ago Look-in.
I know for some people my drawing Danger Mouse was the most significant thing I ever did, coinciding as it did with a particular time in their life.
With lock-down and all giving rise to a good deal of trolling through the past it seemed that a little nostalgia could do no harm and my plan was to put a complete story here in a blog.
However, when reducing the images to the 300kb needed to load them here the quality was too poor. The words couldn’t be read.

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VE Day

08/05/2020
Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day is a day celebrating Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe.

Here some the WW2 British comics we were ( i was) reading.

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Bored? Do a Rich Johnson

27/04/2020
Rich Johnson had this good idea.
The picture he made a tribute to one of the many people in the kind of work long taken for granted and in the current situation now recognised as essential and important - those who serve in some capacity to keep us clean, fed, watered and cared for in the present trying, and risky, circumstances. We can manage without some things but not without bin men or . . . . . . . ( complete as you see fit with unsung hero of choice.)
If you have the materials you could follow Rich Johnson’s example and draw your choice of individual or profession.

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Lockdown

18/04/2020
Having seen so much in various media about newly house bound suffering from boredom and seeking ways to fill their days I thought to make some suggestions. That they have taken the form they have is probably an indication that it could be getting to me too.

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Tough times

14/03/2020
Due to the current virus crisis comics producers and sellers, like most everybody else, are struggling. It seemed difficult to produce a blog about comics which could be anything but a bit on the gloomy side. With the idea that if one has nothing useful to say one should say nothing my intention was to do just that. Then it began to seem a odd to ignore it.
There has been talk here in the UK of “the Blitz spirit” , , , , here presented are some posters from the 1940’s with possibly useful advice.

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R.I.P. Albert Underzo

25 April 1927 – 24 March 2020),
French comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-founder and illustrator of the Astérix series in collaboration with René Goscinny,
Astérix is a warrior living in Roman-occupied Gaul in the year 50 BC. With super strength given him by a magic potion, he and his fat friend Obelix, keep their village safe from Roman invasion.
The Asterix series sold more than 380m copies, in more than 100 languages.

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Not Ronan the Accuser

15/03/2020
Long ago there was a drawing on the sketch page which was for a proposed make-over of Ronan the Accuser. It was never used.
This picture is kind of how I imagined he might look. I saw him as a warrior coming from a civilisation that did not mind throwing its weight about.
Done for no good reason, this image was made in the Paint app. There were a number of earlier versions.

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I Kill Giants.

01/03/2020
While ago I saw on Netflix the film ‘I Kill Giants’ directed by Anders Walter and starring Madison Wolfe - which I enjoyed.
Few days later I found in my library the comic book by writer Joe Kelly and artist Ken Nimura from which the film had been adapted.
I read and enjoyed that.
It got me to musing on how we read comics.

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The Flying Lesson

21/02/2020
Exhibition of the work of Polish born cartoonist Andrzej Krauze.
22nd February - 17th May.2020

Though you need to be in Poland to see it.
It is on at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.
Poland has a long and distinguished history in graphic art.

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Library offer

12/04/2020
Result. Dundee University are to take the entire collection
The university has graduate and post graduate courses in Comics and Graphic Novels in both design and in literature degrees.

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Superheroes Never Die

30/01/2020
‘Superheroes Never Die,Comics and Jewish memories'

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Library offer part 4

22/01/2020
Here listed the comics that are part of the collection over 500 publications I would like to give to anyone who can collect, care for, and make them available , ,

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Library offer part 3

14/01/2020
Here a list of the graphic novels that are part of the collection that is on offer to anyone who can collect, care for, and make it available to folk with an interest in comics and comic history.

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Library offer part 2

05/01/2020
So far there has been no response to my offer to give my comic book library to any worthy recipient. Worthy in this instance meaning an establishment that will make them available to the public and/or students.
The list of books on comic history appears a few blogs over.
As further enticement below is a list of the ‘Collected Editions’ that come with this amazing offer.

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More Alan Moore

01/12/2019
Recently I came across two items about comic’s favourite creator who should have had a role in the Harry Potter movies, Alan Moore.
One, stemming from his daughter Leah Moore, concerned Alan’s treatment by the American comics industry and his reaction to it.

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Library offer

19/11/ 2019
Comic-book library anyone?
I have lots of comics and comic related books. Recently I took the trouble to list them. Comics 263. Collected Editions 155. Graphic Novels 58. Publications devoted to individual artists 17. Other (books, magazines, catalogues) 55. History 39, Not all of them are in perfect condition but the majority are good.

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WILLIAM BLAKE

22/10/2019
Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Tate Britain is open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain(except January)

The Tate want potential visitors "to be aware that the art of William Blake contains strong and sometimes challenging imagery, including some depictions of cruelty, suffering, sexual violence and the brutal treatment of enslaved people.

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Art Prints

05/10/2019
These images are of prints made from my work.
They are fine-art prints, limited editions numbered and signed by me.
They are hand-made by established professional printer, with an MA from the Royal College, Jonas Ranson.

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