British comics great – perhaps the GREATEST British comics great – Leo Baxendale has passed away at the age of 86. Baxendale was to Beano what Jack Davis was to Mad – the essential stylist. As creators of Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids, he influenced generations of Brit kids and other cartonists with his blocky, energetic style.
Ian Samson caused a bitter civil war in Britain this week through his article at the New Statesman titled “A lot of Gaul: why Asterix is better than Tintin”. Within minutes this article had spread to Twitter, where it broke apart the once-thriving comics scene in our nation and set writer against artist, editor against letterer. […]
The shortlist for the 2013 British Comic Awards ceremony has been announced, a list compiled by a number of critics, retailers and readers – among them ‘our own’ Zainab Akhtar. Focusing on British comics, obviously, the shortlist collects together a number of self-published and small-press comics. The winners will be announced at Thought Bubble in […]
The Beano reaches a staggering 75th anniversary issue later this month, with a giant celebration issue coming out July 24th. To celebrate the occasion, I’ve been told that they’re bringing in the big guns – artist Zoom Rockman will be making his Beano debut, whilst it appears Andy Murray (Scottish Hero) will also be making […]
Here’s a post written by cartoonist Jamie Smart, whose work is seen regularly in comics including The Beano, The Phoenix and the now-departed Dandy. Following the wake of the latter’s cancellation, Smart’s written a piece about the need for there to be accessible all-ages comics available for every generation. It’s considered, on-point, and definitely worth […]
As part of a collaboration between DC Thomson, the Southbank Centre, and designer Wayne Hemingway (the one from off of The Big Breakfast), Beanotown has officially been opened for a short-term stint on the South Bank of London. Celebrating 75 years of The Beano, the installation mixes hands-on activities with a look at the history […]
Here’s a special treat, everyone – Laura Howell, creator of Hell on Toast, The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan, and the FIRST female cartoonist to draw for The Beano. Yes! The very first! Incredibly fun, handy with a pun, and excellent at delivering gags, Howell is one of the UK’s most underappreciated cartoonists. She […]