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Chris Reynolds Interview:
Mysterious Stories about Times and Places

Unique auteur Chris Reynolds is overdue for (re-)discovery with The New World. More...
Posted: May 9, 2018

Alexander Tucker:
In The Forcefield

Running through his work is an undertow of separation, loss & longing, perhaps for transformation or transcendence. More...
Posted: August 2, 2016

My Top Ten Comics Of 2015:
Graphic Novels, Manga & More

Paul Gravett selects seven Top Tens of his favourite graphic novels, manga, reprints & books about comics. More...
Posted: January 1, 2016

Karrie Fransman:
Death Of The Artist

Fransman's latest asks if youthful dreams are inevitably snuffed out by adulthood's encroaching responsibilities. More...
Posted: June 21, 2015

Woodrow Phoenix:
Empathy Generators

Phoenix keeps setting himself challenges to refine & re-define the medium, and exceeding them. More...
Posted: June 13, 2015

Malcy Duff:
Playing With The Rubble

Duff detonates comics into unexpected shapes, eager to let each reader join the dots... More...
Posted: March 21, 2015

Sotheby’s Comics Art Auction:
Nearly Four Million Euros of Originals

From Hergé to Chris Ware, this Paris sale reveals the shifting status & value of original comics art. More...
Posted: March 8, 2015

Richard Graham:
Life Drawing

Making is at the core of the multiple practices of this London-based artist & fabricator. More...
Posted: October 13, 2014

Matilda Tristram - Probably Nothing, Definitely Something:

Posted: August 9, 2014

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy In The UK:
A Co-Curator's Top Ten Best In Show

Ten outstanding items on display at the British Library's biggest ever exhibition of UK comics in this country. More...
Posted: July 13, 2014

Comics and the Critics:
A Freakish Kind of Writing

Comics have always had their critics but what lies behind their peculiar resistance to the blending of prose & pictures? More...
Posted: May 18, 2014

Comics Unmasked:
A Curator's Perspective

Paul Gravett explains the genesis of the PG16-rated exhibition he has co-curated for The British Library. More...
Posted: May 4, 2014

Comics Unmasked:
Art and Anarchy in the UK

The British Library hosts the UK's biggest comics exhibition to date on class, sexuality, violence, politics, heroes & drugs. More...
Posted: March 14, 2014

Leo Baxendale:
A World of the Unforeseen

Sixty years ago, Baxendale's Little Plum, Minnie the Minx & Bash Street Kids unleashed the uninhibited 'Beano Spirit'. More...
Posted: December 30, 2013

Howard Hardiman:
The Lengths

The Lengths takes us inside the hearts, minds & bodies of the world’s oldest profession. More...
Posted: November 25, 2013

Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean:
Violent Cases

Something special was being nurtured here, a writer-artist alchemy that has continued to deepen and diversify. More...
Posted: October 14, 2013

Isabel Greenberg:
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

In her playful yet wise debut graphic novel, Isabel Greenberg rewrites humankind’s origins and myths. More...
Posted: September 16, 2013

Gareth Brookes:
The Black Project

Dark, funny & sad, Brookes' debut anatomises a boy's secret crafting of artificial girlfriends from found objects. More...
Posted: August 11, 2013

Interview: Julie Tait:
Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Its first edition is audaciously ambitious & its director brims over with vivacity & vision. More...
Posted: August 5, 2013

Stripped at Edinburgh Book Festival:
A New Programme & Award

Edinburgh celebrates comics & graphic novels in style this August with a packed programme & new award. More...
Posted: July 1, 2013

Sarah Lightman:
The Book of Sarah

Not every autobiographical comics artist is driven to create their own private book from the Bible. More...
Posted: May 4, 2013

Margaret Thatcher in British Comics:
Lest We Forget

How did Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell, Raymond Briggs & others portray The Iron Lady in their comics? More...
Posted: April 14, 2013

Warren & Gary Pleece:
Montague Terrace

Darkly humorous tales of a crumbling Thirties apartment block and its diverse occupants. More...
Posted: March 10, 2013

Let Me Feel Your Finger First:
Ontologically Anxious Organism

Like a twisted but unified universe, fresh members keep joining this dysfunctional, discomforting 'Familienalbum'. More...
Posted: March 3, 2013

Adventures in Comics 3:
The Great Tree

Local, national & international creators respond to this theme with extraordinary diversity & originality. More...
Posted: February 17, 2013

Will Morris:
The Silver Darlings

Morris's confident debut is an understated, social-realist evocation of a once bustling industry, now all but vanished. More...
Posted: February 2, 2013

Forbidden Adventures:
Herbie, Hughes, Highsmith & The History of ACG

The innovative American Comics Group was home to some surprising characters and creators. More...
Posted: August 12, 2012

Loves Little Lesions

Disturbing evocations of disturbed childhoods overrun Simon Henwood's experimental 1990's UK anthology. More...
Posted: August 5, 2012

On Eagle’s Wings:
The British Comics Boom 1950-1969

When Britain was a world powerhouse of comics publishing, commissioning national & international illustrators. More...
Posted: July 16, 2012

PG Tips No. 36:
New Graphic Novels

Press reviews of recent releases by Karrie Fransman, Mary & Bryan Talbot, Nye Wright and Simone Lia. More...
Posted: July 8, 2012

Kapow! 2012:
A Report

The key to Kapow!'s success is pulling in punters who may not be avid comic readers already. More...
Posted: June 17, 2012

London Super Comic Convention:
A First-Year Report

A rare example of a mass-appeal comics expo without a movie-star or other media celebrities in sight. More...
Posted: May 9, 2012

British Comics:
75 Years of Fun & Thrills

The ten much-loved figures on these stamps have had an enduring appeal to their original readership. More...
Posted: March 16, 2012

Luke Pearson:
Dull Ache

Pearson's comics invite us to notice what goes unnoticed, the bizarre behind the banal. More...
Posted: February 19, 2012

British Comics:
A Cultural History

British comics is a vast landscape which any single volume would struggle to map out fully. More...
Posted: February 5, 2012

Great British Comics Now:
21st Century Comics

Despite some rumours to the contrary, British comics are enjoying rude health and vital diversity. More...
Posted: October 9, 2011

Anthony Earnshaw:
The Imp of Surrealism

The Wokker strip has lost none of its essentially Northern English absurdist delirium. More...
Posted: August 28, 2011

Comics & Conflicts:
Comics Go To War

A conference and activities day explore how comics represent the experience of war and conflict. More...
Posted: August 9, 2011

Tricks Of The Eye

The use of perceptual magic tricks in comics is not quite as revolutionary as you might think. More...
Posted: July 3, 2011

Kapow! Comic Con:
Multi-Media Crossover Appeal

This new London convention drew over 5,100 visitors with a canny mix of TV, film and games related celebrities. More...
Posted: June 5, 2011

Jon McNaught:
Printing Comics

McNaught is making his name as one of Britain's most sophisticated poets in comics. More...
Posted: May 8, 2011

William Goldsmith:
Vignettes Of Ystov

He imagines a bleak but whimsical East European metropolis named Ystov and its eccentric citizens. More...
Posted: February 20, 2011

Smoke Outside Please

Like his comics and art, Mustashrik comfortably bestrides multiple media and cross-cultural influences. More...
Posted: December 12, 2010

Great British Comics Now:
Part 3

A review of recent British comics to co-incide with the events at the 2010 Comica Festival. More...
Posted: November 29, 2010

A Graphic Cosmogony:
In The Beginning...

Two-dozen cartoonist-shamans devise their own creation myths to explain how we all got here. More...
Posted: November 21, 2010

John Russell:
Vermillion Vortex

Addressing the visual-verbal interplays of comics, Russell has developed an arresting short 'drawn film'. More...
Posted: November 14, 2010

Great British Comics Now:
Part 2

Explore today's homegrown, hand-crafted, human-scale, heartfelt comics 'Made in Britain'. More...
Posted: November 2, 2010

That’s Novel:
Lifting Comics From The Page!

Surveying today's innovators in the comics medium with a special emphasis on the British-based cutting edge. More...
Posted: October 24, 2010

From Iky Mo To Lord Horror:
Representations Of Jews In British Comics

How have representations of Jewish characters in British comics changed over the years? More...
Posted: October 3, 2010

Adam Dant:
Doctor London

Dant's drawings, as seen in Hypercomics, are puzzles layered with apocryphal theories and arcane references. More...
Posted: September 19, 2010

The Shapes Of Comics To Come

Hypercomics push against the traditional constraints of the printed comics page. More...
Posted: September 5, 2010

Rude Britannia

Although no longer selling over a million copies an issue, Viz remains as funny and merciless as ever. More...
Posted: August 29, 2010

Great British Comics Now:
Part 1

There's a genuine vibrancy and variety to homegrown, UK-originated comics today. More...
Posted: August 1, 2010

Dave McKean:
The Weight Of Words

For over twenty years he has been unlocking the possibilities of comics. More...
Posted: July 25, 2010

Frames Of Reference:
The Progress Of British Comics

Paul Gravett charts the early origins and traditions of British humorous comics. More...
Posted: July 11, 2010

David Hughes:
Walking The Dog

Confounding expectations, there is no preparing for what will confront you with each turn of the page. More...
Posted: June 20, 2010

Simone Lia:

Her disarmingly simple-looking comics wittily question pre-conceived ideas and pose philosophical puzzles. More...
Posted: June 6, 2010

VV Brown & David Allain:
The City Of Abacus

Comics meet music in a dark, futuristic tale of corruption and rebellion in the city of Abacus. More...
Posted: May 16, 2010

John Broadley:
John Broadley's Books

His magpie instincts provides material for his hand-crafted limited-edition comics. More...
Posted: May 9, 2010

Frank Hampson:
The Man Who Drew Tomorrow

Six decades on from the launch of Eagle, what is the legacy of the art of Frank Hampson on comics today? More...
Posted: April 4, 2010

John Harris Dunning & Nikhil Singh:
Salem Brownstone

This new century demands a new charismatic comic-book magician to weave his spells on us. More...
Posted: October 18, 2009

Laura Oldfield Ford:
Savage Messiah

Punk's provocation and politicisation has fuelled her low-tech, high-touch, photocopied, self-published zine. More...
Posted: October 4, 2009

Explorers On The Moon:
Nemo, Tintin, Jeff Hawke & Sky Masters

Comics reached the moon long before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took that one small step. More...
Posted: July 26, 2009

A Definition Of Comics

An autonomous medium of expression, comics not only reflect life but help to mould it. More...
Posted: July 19, 2009

British Comic Creators:
The Heroes Of UK Comics

A shortlist of ten of the most interesting UK comic innovators who are alive today. More...
Posted: February 15, 2009

Emma Rendel:
An Awkwardist

Social awkwardness, repressed drives, and their sinister repercussions, lie at the heart of Emma's comics. More...
Posted: February 1, 2009

Classical Comics:
Turning Classics Into Comics

A vigorous trend among British publishers is for strip adaptations of the works of literary giants. More...
Posted: November 9, 2008

Sean Michael Wilson:
Turning Classics Into Comics

Sean Michael Wilson discusses how classic works of literature can be adapted into comics. More...
Posted: October 19, 2008

The Scottish Manga:
Festive Moods From EIBF 2008

Graphic novels and manga invade the 2008 Edinburgh International Book Festival. More...
Posted: August 18, 2008

Children’s Comics:
More Fun Next Week

Beano and Spirou turn a sprightly 70 and The DFC is a 'Double-Figures Comic'. More...
Posted: August 5, 2008

Britain’s Great Comics:
Is It Time For A Renaissance?

It's in the dictionaries, bookshops and cultural parlance, yet some people still haven't heard of a graphic novel. More...
Posted: July 20, 2008

The DFC:
Definitely First Class

Paul Gravett takes a look at the new UK weekly comic for children, The DFC. More...
Posted: May 30, 2008

Warren Pleece:
Life Sucks

Brighton-based artist Warren Pleece discusses his two new books, Incognegro and Life Sucks. More...
Posted: May 25, 2008

Bryan Talbot:
An Artistic Wonder From Wearside

Alice In Sunderland is a fresh retelling Lewis Carroll's stories, his young muse, and of the city of Sunderland. More...
Posted: January 6, 2008

Comics Britannia:
Part 3 - Anarchy In The UK

By the 1970s, a new generation of creators were thirsting for comics to 'grow up'. More...
Posted: December 9, 2007

Comics Britannia:
Part 2 - Girls & Boys

The gender gap in British comics meant that most boys avoided 'soppy' girls' comics. More...
Posted: December 2, 2007

Comics Britannia:
Part 1 - The Fun Factory

Who were the writers and artists responsible for the unsigned strips in The Beano and The Dandy? More...
Posted: November 25, 2007

Posy Simmonds:
A Literary Life

One the world's most sophisticated cartoonists is expanding the scope and subtlety of the graphic novel. More...
Posted: November 4, 2007

Andi Watson:
Elementary Watson

It's inspiring how Britain's Andi Watson has developed, as he stretches himself with every new project. More...
Posted: October 28, 2007

Great British Comics:
Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be

Nostalgia rules as past treasures from yellowing British comics are now being properly reappraised and reprinted. More...
Posted: September 2, 2007

Rian Hughes:
Yesterday's Tomorrows

His distinctive retro style brings a fresh design sensibility into comics. More...
Posted: June 10, 2007

PG Tips No. 11:
A Brit Comics Special

Reviews of comics by UK creators including Dave Gibbons, Eddie Campbell, Ian Edginton and Andrzej Klimowski. More...
Posted: May 27, 2007

Fast Fiction:
UK Small Press Reviews

It's a flourishing time for the UK Small Press and Paul Gravett reviews a few releases that caught his eye. More...
Posted: May 6, 2007

A Comic Odyssey

More than a specific year, 2000AD has become a brand and shows no sign of going past its sell-by-date. More...
Posted: March 11, 2007

True Brits:
Taking Pride In The Best Of British Comics

It seems UK comic fans often take their heritage too much for granted, undervaluing it, even dismissing it. More...
Posted: December 24, 2006

Great British Comics:
An Introduction

Contrary to some claims that British comics are dead, in fact they continue to this day and are thriving. More...
Posted: July 30, 2006

Matt Broersma:
We're Not In Texas Anymore

He is weaving together quirky dreams, unresolved intrigues and striking atmospheric landscapes. More...
Posted: June 18, 2006

Rob Dunlop & Peter Lumby:

Tozzer has more gags per second than a supermodel in a restaurant toilet. More...
Posted: June 11, 2006

Andrzej Klimowski:
Unlocking The Secret

He questions the act of looking, being looked at, the perception of characters, narrator and reader. More...
Posted: June 4, 2006

British Comics:
New Brits On The Block - Part 2

Six recent Brit books prove that the UK still has a vibrant comics scene. More...
Posted: April 2, 2006

British Comics:
New Brits On The Block - Part 1

There are encouraging signs of UK publishers setting up and renewed interest from major publishers. More...
Posted: March 26, 2006

Nabiel Kanan:
The Birthday Riots

With xenophobia and racial prejudice percolating across Europe, The Birthday Riots is all the more relevant. More...
Posted: February 12, 2006

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