GREAT BRITISH COMICS
A Review By: Creative Review
Creative Review is the world’s leading monthly magazine for visual communication. For 25 years, it has kept it’s readers up to date with the best new work, most exciting new talent and most important new trends in graphic design, advertising, new media, photography, illustration, typography and more. The following review appeared in the January 2007 edition.
With the UK comics scene currently awash with creative talent, Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury have brought together a timely collection of the best of British from the last 100 years of the art form. The two authors worked together on the excellent Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life and here they bring a similarly in-depth approach to sourcing and contextualising the work. The amount of research is indeed impressive, with the authors listing some rare artifacts and including some fantastic archive photography alongside the hundreds of examples from strips, cartoons and graphic novels. It’s a nostalgic journey - for anyone who has an interest in comics culture - and an extremely enjoyable one. While the background images to the pages do sometimes make the layouts feel a little chaotic, the level of research and discovery here more than makes up for that.