January 30, 2009
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The art of Ken Reid
Originally broadcast 29/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM
In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…
To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org
Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70″ feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…
Comics / Sci-Fi news:
After Tezuka at The Barbican
Next week from Wednesday 28th January there’s another multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, starting with a screening of Dororo, introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by screenings of Black Jack and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion the following weekend.
More info at www.barbican.org.uk/film/
Adrian Tomine at Comica
3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London
Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.
In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.
More info at www.ica.org.uk
Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair
Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat. Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it. THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA
More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com