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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
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
Phoenix keeps setting himself challenges to refine & re-define the medium, and exceeding them. More...
Posted: June 13, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
The Lengths takes us inside the hearts, minds & bodies of the world’s oldest profession. More...
Posted: November 25, 2013
Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean:
Something special was being nurtured here, a writer-artist alchemy that has continued to deepen and diversify. More...
Posted: October 14, 2013
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
Pearson's comics invite us to notice what goes unnoticed, the bizarre behind the banal. More...
Posted: February 19, 2012
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
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
McNaught is making his name as one of Britain's most sophisticated poets in comics. More...
Posted: May 8, 2011
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:
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
Addressing the visual-verbal interplays of comics, Russell has developed an arresting short 'drawn film'. More...
Posted: November 14, 2010
Great British Comics Now:
Explore today's homegrown, hand-crafted, human-scale, heartfelt comics 'Made in Britain'. More...
Posted: November 2, 2010
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
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
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:
There's a genuine vibrancy and variety to homegrown, UK-originated comics today. More...
Posted: August 1, 2010
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
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
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's Books
His magpie instincts provides material for his hand-crafted limited-edition comics. More...
Posted: May 9, 2010
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:
This new century demands a new charismatic comic-book magician to weave his spells on us. More...
Posted: October 18, 2009
Laura Oldfield Ford:
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
Social awkwardness, repressed drives, and their sinister repercussions, lie at the heart of Emma's comics. More...
Posted: February 1, 2009
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
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
Definitely First Class
Paul Gravett takes a look at the new UK weekly comic for children, The DFC. More...
Posted: May 30, 2008
Brighton-based artist Warren Pleece discusses his two new books, Incognegro and Life Sucks. More...
Posted: May 25, 2008
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
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
Part 2 - Girls & Boys
The gender gap in British comics meant that most boys avoided 'soppy' girls' comics. More...
Posted: December 2, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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:
Contrary to some claims that British comics are dead, in fact they continue to this day and are thriving. More...
Posted: July 30, 2006
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
Unlocking The Secret
He questions the act of looking, being looked at, the perception of characters, narrator and reader. More...
Posted: June 4, 2006
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
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
The Birthday Riots
With xenophobia and racial prejudice percolating across Europe, The Birthday Riots is all the more relevant. More...
Posted: February 12, 2006