The past is not just for the aged reminiscing about the days (following references meaningful only to older British citizens) when a ha'penny* was a twenty-fourth part of a shilling and would buy one an OXO cube to lick on the way to school. The past is for all those with a curiosity about their roots. For those with an interest in the history of comics and illustration, where we came from and surprise!
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Bob Godfrey RIP
Bob Godfrey - Animator. 27 May 1921 - 21 February 2013
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Heroes and Villains - The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross.
All comic fans like a bit of prehistoric scary stuff. Those in or near London can get a fix at London's Science Museum . . .
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Giorgio Morandi; Works on Paper16th January - 7th April 2013
'Tsk graphic novels'
'Graphic novel' as a term first reached my conscious in the seventies by way of an advertisement from the comic shop Forbidden Planet.more...
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RIP Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson -14th April 1929 - 26th December 2012.
Death: A self-portrait. The Richard Harris Collection 15th November 2012 - 24th February 2013Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE
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New site newstand
Mike’s Amazing World of Comics. A web site where you can use a control panel thingy to enter your chosen month and year and get thumbnail images of all comics that made their first appearance on the newstands of America that month.
Marc Swayze RIP
Mark Swayze. July 17th 1913 - October 14th 2012"My personal philosophy was to use the art in storytelling so that even a child who couldn't yet read could get a story out of it," Marc Swayze, was artist and writer for Fawcett Publications working on many titles including Captain Marvel, Whiz Comics and Wow Comics, He was co-creator with writer Otto Binder of Mary Marvel, drawing many of her stories including her first appearance in Captain Marvel Adventures # 18, cover date December 11th 1942.
Haiti, Art and Vodou
Nottingham Contemporary 20 Oct 2012 - 06 Jan 2013An exhibition of almost 200 works of Haitian art by 35 artists. Dating from the 1940s to the present the paintings and objects are dedicated to the gods of Vodou. Vodou is the island of Haiti’s unique spiritual belief system. With its roots in West African religions Vodou has aspects of Catholicism, Islam, European folklore and freemasonry, as well as the religion of the island’s Taino people.*
Here further examples of words from comics. Selection is based on my criteria that they sound comics and for some even more difficult to define reason give me pleasure. Your contributions welcome.“Something else drives you, Man of the Eagle. Something other than the Curse of the Devourer” Gordon Rennie. Aquila - Blood of the Iceni. 2000AD . 2012
RIP Arnaldo Putzu
Arnoldo Putzu 6 August 1927 - 1 September 2012.
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Lost and gone before
Upcoming demise of The Dandy. Jacqueline Rayner in The Guardian - earlier losses. Girls comics. Loved 'em. Lost forever?
Yank or Google Dandy?
Is Britain’s iconic comic book about to have it’s plug pulled or can future fiddling with the format keep it on life support? Does digital deployment or death face The Dandy? Publisher D.C.Thompson created The Dandy Comic in December 1937. It became The Dandy from July 1950 and in it’s 75 year long life in the childish laughter provoking arena has survived the challenges of television and the internet - until now perhaps!
RIP Joe Kubert
Joe Kubert. September 18th 1926 August 12th 2012Arriving in New York as a babe when his family emigrated there from Poland Joe Kubert by the age of 13 was working in comics.
We need to have words.
Comics are famously a narrative combining words and pictures. It could be said that this site gives evidence of a bias toward images - attention more usually directed at visual artists than at the writers they illustrate. To redress the balance here for the lovers of language are some examples of words from comics and newspaper strips. These give no indication of the authors abilities at plotting or story telling.