Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum

Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum The Comic Creators Project enables the Cartoon Museum to purchase and exhibit a large number of original pages of comic artwork by British artists.
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The Cartoon Museum is the only museum in Britain dedicated to collecting and displaying original British cartoons and comics. Over the last ten years, thanks mainly to the generosity of many artists and artists’ families, the Cartoon Museum’s collection of original comic artwork has grown. However there remains a number of significant gaps which are only bridged by loans from artists and private collectors. The Comic Creators project will enable the museum to purchase a large number original pieces of comic artwork for the Cartoon Museum collection and develop exhibitions, activities and events which will share Britain’s comic heritage with a wider public, not just in London but across the country.The Cartoon Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £164,300 for its Comic Creators project by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project is part of HLF’s £5m funding package to a range of museums, libraries and archives across the UK. Under HLF’s Collecting Cultures programme, 23 organisations, from Glasgow down to Brighton, will be able to enhance the scope of their collections and the Cartoon Museum is one of them.

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Comic Creators Project Volunteer Vacancy

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Comics Creators Project Volunteer Cartoon Museum Employment status: Volunteer , 2 days per week, 10.00am – 5.30pm for 6 months Salary: Unpaid [travel expenses up to £8 per day reimbursed] Purpose o…

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Today we say goodbye and a massive thank you to our Comics Creators volunteer Tom Hunt. I'll be advertising for a new one via other channels in the next day or two, but thought I'd share the job description here first, in case you or someone you know might be interested in spending a couple of days a week for 6 months in my lovely company. You don't need to be a comics 'expert' - that's my job - but you do need a good general awareness of what's what (someone applied last year that had 'never read a comic'). Here you go...
Comics Creators Project Volunteer

Cartoon Museum

Employment status: Volunteer , 2 days per week, 10.00am – 5.30pm
for 6 months

Salary: Unpaid [travel expenses up to £8 per day reimbursed]

Purpose of Job: To assist with the delivery of the Comics Creators Project, an HLF funded project for its Collecting Cultures programme.

As Project Volunteer you will be required to provide support to the Project Curator in the delivery and management of the Comics Creators project, by researching potential acquisitions to the Comics and Sequential Art Collection and assisting with the development and coordination of the activities which include events with project partners.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist with the research into possible acquisitions to the Comics and Sequential Art collection
• Assist with exhibition/display research
• Assist with developing online resources to encourage the sharing of knowledge between partners and to widen our audience
• Assist with the development and coordination of activities at the museum

Personal Specification

• An interest in comics and sequential art
• An interest in gaining curatorial experience
• Good attention to detail
• Confident verbal and written communicator
• Excellent organizational skills
• Proficiency in the use of Windows based packages, particularly Word, Outlook and Excel
• Good level of numeracy
• Ability to work successfully as part of a team and on own initiative
We are particularly looking for someone with experience of web content management, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to the Project Curator: [email protected]

The deadline for the applications is: Sunday 7 May 2017

Back in December, we posted about a generous man named Nik Pollard, who donated 28 wonderful pages of comic art to us. N...
06/04/2017

Back in December, we posted about a generous man named Nik Pollard, who donated 28 wonderful pages of comic art to us.

Nik sadly passed away earlier this week, but the pages he left us - from great artists like Brian Bolland and Alan Moore - will go on to form part of exhibitions that people will be able to enjoy for decades. Some are already gracing our walls. We thank you once again for your kindness Mr. Pollard.

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27/02/2017

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Great post over at Bleeding Cool covering the first night of our recent 2000AD exhibition. Come on down, Earthlets! http...
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Martin Rowson And Ben Smith Open The 2000AD Exhibition At London's Cartoon Museum - Video And Pics - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

Great post over at Bleeding Cool covering the first night of our recent 2000AD exhibition. Come on down, Earthlets!

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/01/25/martin-rowson-ben-smith-open-2000ad-exhibition-londons-cartoon-museum-video-pics/

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The Cartoon Museum’s first major exhibition of 2017 celebrates a publishing phenomenon with “Future Shock: 40 Years of 2...
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The Cartoon Museum’s first major exhibition of 2017 celebrates a publishing phenomenon with “Future Shock: 40 Years of 2000 AD”, a display of eighty pages of original artwork from each decade of “the galaxy’s greatest comic”.

Launched in February 1977, few could have foreseen that the weekly science fiction comic would outlive its own title, but iconic characters such as futuristic lawman Judge Dredd, mutant bounty hunter Strontium Dog, infantryman Rogue Trooper and 50th century everywoman Halo Jones have ensured ongoing critical and commercial success.

Ostensibly produced by its extraterrestrial editor Tharg and an army of script and art droids, 2000 AD was the brainchild of writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, who were eventually joined by fledgling writers Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison among many others that gained a foothold in the comics industry providing shocking, surprising and satirical scripts for an ever-evolving stable of freelance artists.

Unfettered by the financial restrictions involved in making movie and television science fiction blockbusters, the artists of 2000 AD can give their imagination free reign when called upon to create mega-cities of the future, arid battle-torn planets, interstellar space fleets, irradiated mutants, death-dealing demons, killer robots, and at times morally-ambiguous or highly humorous heroes.

Among the many artists featured in the exhibition are Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon, Ian Gibson, Henry Flint, David Roach, award-winning fine artist Simon Davis, and the originator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, Carlos Ezquerra. Alongside 2000 AD’s longer-lived characters, we have pages of gone but not forgotten strips such as Flesh, MACH1, The Visible Man, and the 1970s reinvention of Dan Dare.

More so than any other British comic, 2000 AD has been influential on the media world within and beyond these shores. Many of its artists and writers have also worked for the biggest comic publishers in the US; there have been two blockbuster movies featuring Judge Dredd; big-budget fan-made films are viewable online; and parent company Rebellion produce best-selling computer games based on characters past and present.
There is also a thriving market in the sale of original artwork, and this exhibition is comprised of pages generously loaned by artists and collectors, and supplemented by material acquired by the Cartoon Museum's Heritage Lottery Funded Comic Creators Project.

"Future Shock: 40 Years of 2000 AD" has enjoyed support and funding from Rebellion Publishing.
The exhibition has been compiled by Cartoon Museum director/curator Anita O'Brien, and Comic Creators Project curator Steve Marchant.

Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH

Open: Tues – Sun, 10.30 – 17.30
Closed Monday.

Admission: £7, £5, £3, Free to Under-18s.

Last chance next Saturday!
04/12/2016

Last chance next Saturday!

We are very happy to announce that we've received an amazing donation of 28 works of original art from Nik Pollard of Su...
01/12/2016

We are very happy to announce that we've received an amazing donation of 28 works of original art from Nik Pollard of Surbiton. In the collection are some prime examples of British comic art, including some early Dave Gibbons and a 'V for Vendetta' page.

We can't wait to share it with you all, and our profoundest thanks to Mr. Pollard for entrusting this treasure to our care.

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Comic Highlights: Hellblazer

'I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness.'

Here at the Cartoon Museum we like to write about and explore our recent acquisitions. So please enjoy our brief overview and top recommendations for 'Hellblazer,' an iconic British series starring the ineffable John Constantine.

https://comiccreatorsuk.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/comic-highlights-hellblazer/

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Remember when the only thing you associated with the 'Daily Express' was the Rupert Annual? The Cartoon Museum remembers. (Recent acquisition of a lovely Rupert page by the legendary Alfred Bestall. Check out how the inks were done! And those watercolours are still vibrant over 40 years later.) http://ift.tt/2evczTF

We've all had mornings like Luigi. (Taken from one of our recently acquired, beautifully hatched Modesty Blaise strips) ...
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We've all had mornings like Luigi. (Taken from one of our recently acquired, beautifully hatched Modesty Blaise strips) http://ift.tt/2d6NN7p

Our resent acquisition comes from an anonymous donor via the V&A! Thanks for this beautiful page from Hellblazer, whoeve...
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Our resent acquisition comes from an anonymous donor via the V&A! Thanks for this beautiful page from Hellblazer, whoever you are! http://ift.tt/2dapCrT

Here's a panel from a great page of 'Hellblazer' that we acquired just yesterday...
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Here's a panel from a great page of 'Hellblazer' that we acquired just yesterday...

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