NEWS AND INFORMATION
This section lists art colleges which have courses of interest to those wishing to study for a career in cartooning or sequential art. It also lists some useful websites, libraries, museums, and tutors who are accessible via their web addresses. It also lists events and competitions of interest to those studying cartooning and sequential art. And, lastly, it recommends events or other things which Cartoon Classroom considers of particular value to those studying these specialised art forms.
Comics Forum : A site which continuously recommends and directs all those interested in the serious study of sequential art to books and learned works on the medium. It also has useful articles, discussions and suchlike on its site relating to these matters. Cannot be recommended highly enough. Should be referred to on a regular basis for anyone interested in the subject matter of Cartoon Classroom. Go to the Links section on this site for their web address.
The Leeds Thought Bubble Festival : is both populist and academic in its aims. Has interesting seminars and discussions on the art and purpose of the sequential arts in all their varied forms as well as catering to those fascinated by the characters, situations and stories that dominate the mass- market product of the manga and comic book industry. Tickets are still available. Go to the link in our Links section for more.
Fab Chat At Cartoon County
The great illustrator and sequential artist, Glenn Fabry, will be chatting for podcast at the next Cartoon County meeting. For anyone out there unlucky enough to be unfamiliar with Glenn's work, check out his website -www.glennfabry.co.uk.
Glenn will be talking from around 7.15 upstairs at The Cricketers, Black Lion St, Brighton, on Monday, the 30th April.
Creating A Graphic Novel
Saturday 21st April, 10am,The Chequers, Chipping Norton
Andrew Wildman has illustrated and designed for Comics, Books, Games and Television for over twenty years.
As part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival Andrew will be talking about his work on projects such as
Transformers, Spider-Man, X-Men and Doctor Who and revealing the secrets and processes
that have given rise to his first self penned graphic novel, HORIZON
all tickets £7.50.
available from The Chipping Norton Theatre Box Office: 01608 642350
or online at www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk
for more information about HORIZON visit horizongraphicnovel.com
Cradled In Caricature
Cradled In Caricature - Friday, 27th April, COLT3, University of Kent, Canterbury : This one-day event will approach the notion of ‘caricature’ as an artistic and social practice, using it to prompt debate and discussion on exaggeration, stereotyping, representation, and characterisation. Free to attend, but book quickly. http://cradledincaricature.wordpress.com/cic-event-27-april-2012/
Comics Artist Workshop At The Victoria and Albert
Celebrating British Design Sunday 27 May, 11.00 – 16.00
Comic artist extraordinaire, Brian Williamson, is at the Victoria and Albert Museum for a day of workshops celebrating British Design. Free drop-in event for all ages. Go and and learn from a master! No booking required.
Publisher, QueenSpark of Brighton and Hove, is delighted to officially launch Alt-Brighton, a collaborative graphic novel project funded by Arts Council England.
The writers will be mentored by co-founder of the Comic Book Alliance, Tim Pilcher.
A designer to lead the book's team of graphic designers will be appointed in Spring 2012. In the meantime, go here http://www.queensparkbooks.org.uk/page/189.html for information about how to become one of the writers.
If you are inspired by the project, why not submit a short story or idea from 100 to 2000 words, based around the history of Brighton & Hove, on to the 'New Writing' section of the QueenSpark website, by 28 February 2012 www.queensparkbooks.org.uk (Please note: you will have to register as a new user, and your submission will be able to be read and commented on by members of the public.)
New Comics Course
Comics and Graphic Novels Course For Adults
West Dean College, Chichester Suitable for all levels.
You will learn about comic and graphic novel storytelling techniques, and how to create your own visual narrative. Everyone will end the course with one completed comic page, and the skills to continue their work for themselves. We will look at comic and graphic novel art styles, the use of text and images, the "grammar" of comic art, use of sound effects, abstraction, and styles. You provide a story from your own experience, or one you wish to adapt into the medium.
Comics and Graphic Novels
2nd – 4th March 2012
Details here: https://www.westdean.org.uk/CollegeChannel/ShortCourses/Courses/Art.aspx#
Hatley 3 month residency at Centre for Recent Drawing
Art School Courses
This section lists some courses available at art schools and colleges throughout the UK which can help those planning a career in comics or sequential art. Explore Search for others.
BA (Hons) Illustration for Graphic Novel
Illustration: BA ( Hons ) and
The Graphic Novel
Writing For The Graphic Novel,
Comic Book Art For Beginners
BA in Illustration for Graphic Novels at Glyndwr University.
Winchester School Of Art : www.wsa.soton.ac.uk
Edinburgh College of Art : Illustration – BA (Hons) and Masters courses available - http://www.eca.ac.uk/index.php?id=239,
Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen :
Glasgow School of Art : BA (Hons) in Visual Communication - http://www.gsa.ac.uk/gsa.cfm?pid=172
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD)
AIH: Higher National Diploma in Illustration at Ballyfermot College Of Further Education, Dublin - http://applications.bcfe.ie/courseinfo.php?course=48 includes study of sequential art. Animation Courses also available.
Edinburgh Napier University has a Creative Writing course which includes writing for the graphic novel - http://www.courses.napier.ac.uk/W54719.htm
Sequential Design and Illustration MA (PGCert PGDip) at the University of Brighton - http://courses.brighton.ac.uk/course.php?cnum=216
MLitt in Comics Studies - Dundee University : http://www.dundee.ac.uk/english/prospective/postgraduates/comicstudies
Univ of Brighton ( BA ) - Sequential Design and Illustration ( MA ) www.brighton.ac.uk
Oxford Brookes University - Illustration Narrative and Sequential ( Swindon ) 3 yr full-time ( BA ) www.brookes.ac.uk
University College, Falmouth - Illustration : Authorial Practice www.falmouth.ac.uk
University For The Creative Arts - Graphic Storytelling And Comic Art ( MA ) www.ucreative.ac.uk
University of Kent - ( Phd/ MPhil/MA by research Cartoons and Caricature ) www.kent.ac.uk
The Princes Drawing School - Weekend Caricature Master Class www.princesdrawingschool.org
SCOLA - Sutton College Of Learning For Adults - Introduction To Cartooning www.scola.ac.uk
Merton Adult Education - Family Cartoons www.maec.ac.uk
The Institute ( Formerly Institute of Hampstead Garden Suburb ) - Try Cartooning - Cartooning For Fun And Profit http://hgsi.ac.uk
London Art College - Cartooning Diploma Art Course www.londonartcollege.co.uk
Warners Education Association ( WEA ) - The 20th Century Social Cartoon www.wea.co.uk
Central St Martins College of Arts and Design - Cartooning Fundamentals www.csm.arts.ac.uk
Bristol Folk House Co-operative - Cartooning For Improvers - Cartooning Workshop - Cartoons and Comics www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk
Walford and North Shropshire College - Cartooning Introduction www.wnso.ac.uk
Telford College of Arts and Technology - Hand Drawn Cartoons Level 1 www.tcat.ac.uk
London School of Journalism - Cartooning Diploma www.lsj.org/web/cartooning.php
Many web sites can help in the study of cartoon and comic art. Some show the history of the medium and examples from some of its best creators. Others demonstrate the techniques involved in the creative processes of cartoon and comic strip art. More in the Links section.
Reading With Pictures - www.readingwithpictures.org. This is the website of a US organization that is trying to increase the recognition of sequential art as a valuable art study subject as well as a useful tool in general education. An interview with the site's founder - Josh Elder - is attached at the bottom of this page. See Staff Room for tutors of comic art who voice similar views.
www.learncartooning.co.uk Paul Solomons' online Freelance Cartooning correspondence course.
Cartoon Art Study via Libraries
Anyone interested in learning drawing skills of any kind can find a range of valuable instructional books at their local library. Libraries can also be a valuable source of local information on art study groups, such as life classes and workshops.
Museum And Gallery Resources
If your local museum and gallery doesn't have artwork from local cartoonists or sequential artists on show, ask them if they have any in their collections. Some have, but can't advertise the work and display it because of space restrictions.
Linley Sambourne House, London : www.rbkc.gov.uk/linleysambournehouse/
Cartoonists And Comic Creators Available For Teaching Or Talks
Cartoon drawing and sequential art are specialised forms of expression and storytelling, which can only be tought effectively by those who practice them. Luckily for those interested in learning these skills, there are a number of such tutors across the country who can be hired on a part-time basis to do this.
Steve Marchant : firstname.lastname@example.org Greater London
Cartoon Museum : www.cartoonmuseum.org Greater London
James Parsons : www.crazycomicclub.co.uk All Areas.
Kev F Sutherland : http://comicfestival.co.uk
Stuart Harrison : www.stu-art.biz
Paul Solomons via : www.hgsi.ac.uk
The Colonial Heritage Of Comics In French
Comics Forum ( see Links ) has just published an article entitled ‘The Colonial Heritage of Comics in French’ by Mark McKinney over on the Comics Forum website at http://comicsforum.org. It should be a good lead in to the joint international conference in Manchester next week ( see below ) (http://www2.hlss.mmu.ac.uk/conferences/graphic-novels-bandes-dessinees-comics/) !
Dr Who In Comics
Doctor Who In Comics: 1964-2011
27 July - 30 October
Over 100 original works of art at the Cartoon Museum, featuring the Doctor in all his incarnations.
Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics 5-8 July 2011
A conference will take place this July involving three comics journals: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Journal of European Comic Art and Studies in Comics. Speakers come from around the world. The event will be held at the Manchester Metropolitan University. More information can be found here: http://www2.hlss.mmu.ac.uk/conferences/graphic-novels-bandes-dessinees-comics/
Glasgow Life Comic Commission
Glasgow Life commissioned sequential art team, Metaphrog, to create a short comic story - The Photographs - in response to a series of workshops held with teenagers and senior groups around Glasgow. Read it online here: http://www.metaphrog.com/thephotographs/
As part of the project, they also gave a short talk about it at the Growing Bolder Intergenerational Art Festival for Glasgow's Active Ageing Week 2011. The event took place at the CCA in Glasgow on June 7th.
The full colour A6 booklet of The Photographs is being launched at the Growing Bolder Arty Party on June 10th.
Steve Bell Exhibition
Bell Epoque - 30 Years Of Steve Bell
Running at The Cartoon Museum - see Links - from 25th May to 24th July.
'Against the tidal wave of images threatening to overwhelm us, Bell believes in the enduring importance of cartooning as an art form and the power of a single still image to make people stop and think.'
Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival
The Festival, held in April each year, has its 7th incarnation next
year (22nd- 25th April). It is the only - and now the longest running - cartoon festival in the UK. It stages several cartoon exhibitions that run each year for around 4 weeks straddling the festival. It is closely linked with the Professional Cartoonists Organisation, which helps ensure the quality of work on display is always aiming for the best.
The festival weekend features talks, workshops, clinics and other events for the public to see cartooning in action. 40 selected cartoonists are invited to attend and participate. The event has active support from the Cartoon Museum, the British Library and the Cartoon Archive at Canterbury.
See links for website.
THE FIRST MEN ON MERCURY - A COMIC ADAPTATION FOR NATIONAL POETRY DAY:
The Association for Scottish Literary Studies commissioned Metaphrog to make a comic adaptation of Edwin Morgan's poem, The First Men on Mercury, to celebrate National Poetry Day, as a way of interesting children and adults in poetry, visually.
32,500+ copies were distributed to all pupils in Glasgow Secondary schools on the 8th of October.
The comic can be read at http://www.metaphrog.com/mercury, with some behind the scenes information on the making of the comic, and also teaching notes for the classroom.
Jag Lall's "Death’s Door: Ignorance Likes Company '' is being used as an educational tool to warn against the dangers of racism in schools across Newham in London, and has attracted the endorsement of such bodies for good as the United Nations Association of Canada. Another example of how the graphic novel format can be effective in spreading a virtuous message through educational institutions. More detail about Jag and his book can be found through Search.
A New Cartoon Museum Opens!
Donald McGills Postcard Museum
Opened on the 10th July at 15 Union Street, Ryde, entirely dedicated to displaying and celebrating the famous saucy seaside postcard art of the great cartoonist, Donald McGill. Opening times are from 12.00 -5.00, 7 days a week til early September. Admission £3.50 per adult, children over 5, £1.50, and for the under 5's, a penny only! Coach parties and block bookings welcome for morning visits. Check it all out on their website - http://www.donaldmcgill.info.
Reading With Pictures - Josh Elder Interview ( see Web Sites above )
Why did you start Reading With Pictures?
Cartoon Classroom Now On Facebook
Cartoon Classroom now has a page on Facebook. Visit and like us if you're on Facebook, as well. You can post your views, give us your feedback on this site, and suggest improvements. You can also use it to tell us about anything going on in your area that we've yet to feature here in our pages - anything that's relevant to the study of cartooning and sequential art in the UK and Ireland, and of use to visitors to our site. Exhibitions, art courses you've discovered, new museums opening, good instructional videos you can tell us about. And tell all your Facebook friends about our page and this site if you feel it can help them, or if they can help it by spreading the word about us! www.facebook.com/pages/Cartoon-Classroom/208823042468729
Comics And Conflicts
From Ian Hague at Comics Forum ( see Links ) :
We are pleased to offer a digital archive of the papers presented at the conference along with some other material. This is the first time we’ll be trying something like this, and it’s part of Comics Forum’s remit to help develop scholarly resources online. Although we’re still ironing out the technical kinks with this one, the hope is to be able to provide a central archive for various conferences, so if you are a conference director and would be interested in collaborating in future please do get in touch with me. Keep an eye on our site for further announcements on this collaboration as we move forward with the project.
Internship In Comics
Londonprintstudio is offering five carefully chosen 21-25 year olds the chance to:
Deadline for return of application form: Monday 5th September 2011
Start date: Tuesday 20th September 2011
Interviews : Tuesday 13th September 2011
Remember you must live in London, or be living in London for the duration of the internship!
For job description and application click here: http://www.londonprintstudio.org.uk/F13-intern.html
For more information on the project click here: http://www.londonprintstudiocomics.blogspot.com/