The Amazing World of M.C. Escher
The Amazing World of M.C. Escher Dulwich Picture Gallery,Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD
14 October 2015 - 17 January 2016. 10am - 5pm Daily
The first major UK show of work by the great Dutch draughtsman.
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Celts - art and identity
Celts - art and identity. 24 September 2015 – 31 January 2016
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Put together in partnership with National Museums Scotland this is the first major exhibition to examine the full history of Celtic art and identity.
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Manga now: three generations
Manga now: three generations. A display at the British Museum, London WC1, running until November 15th.
It features newly commissioned and recent pieces by three generations of Manga artists . .
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Anyone remember the S.S.I ?
The Society for Strip Illustration was formed in 1977 to act as a forum for the comic industry's professionals. It ran till 1992 when it changed its name to Comic Creators Guild.
The brains behind its creation were those of editor and writer Dennis Hooper and popular-culture historian Dennis Gifford.
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See you in the Funny Papers.
The way I heard it, - an American publisher/printer with a stack of paper to use up, hit upon the idea of producing a book of reprints of Sunday newspaper strips to use as a free insert into a tabloid newspaper.
This was the 16-page ‘The Funnies’.
Then followed the 36-page one-shot ‘Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics’, which may or may not have been free. After that came ‘Famous Funnies‘ (cover-dated July 1934), a 68-page periodical selling for 10¢.
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Jackson Pollack Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
30 June – 18 October 2015
I think Jackson Pollock is great. Even if I were to have the erudition to say why I shan't trouble you, or myself, by trying to.
If you are interested there are many learned reviews and criticisms of Pollock and his work on the internet, books to read and galleries to visit.
One such book is "Conversations with Artists", by Seldon Rodman, New York, Capricorn Books 1961 , ,
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Claire Barnes, accompanied by Ant Jones, visited and did an interview with me which acts as the basis for an article in the Summer edition (buy now while stocks last) of the publication 'Evergreen'.
Evergreen is a quarterly magazine designed for people of the getting-older persuasion. People like myself who remember 'Film Fun' 'Knockout' and using a thre'penny* bit as legal tender.
Alison Bechdel's comic strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For' ran for 25 years (1983–2006), syndicated in many alternative newspapers in the USA and this book collects many of them. Described by Bechel as "half op-ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel" it is a humourful depiction of the everyday lives and loves of a diverse set of lesbians, their friends and acquaintances, their working and political concerns.
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Praising Alan Moore is a bit like taking shoes to Northampton but even knowing I have come late to this party I wanted to let someone know how much I enjoyed DC's newly published compilation of 'Top 10'.
There is no comic book shop in the country town where I live. The Waterstones book shop has just a few collected editions but generally only the unsurprising commercial titles. The comics I do see are at the local library. Every visit to the library involves at least a glance at their two four-foot shelves that are the 'Graphic Novels' section.
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Panini post and Cartmel cavil
The Royal Mail delivered to my door a copy of Volume 3 in the collected Seventh Doctor Comic Strips series. It contains nine reprinted Dr Who strips including one drawn by me. I assume it was sent by someone at Panini. It came as a surprise since I had forgotten that there was to be a reprint to which I had grouchily declined to contribute a few words. There was no explanatory letter enclosed in the package, no cheque or suggestion of how a reprint fee might be invoiced for.
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Celebrating our reappearance with a piece of shameless self-promotion.
As part of it's grandiose scheme to produce a Judge Dredd Mega Collection in a set of matching books Rebellion have created a new cover for five Judge Anderson stories - Shamballa, The Jesus Syndrome, Satan, The Protest and R*volution.
There is an interview shared between Alan Grant and myself conducted by Michael Molcher who had the wit to come up with some new and interesting topics.
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