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Portrait of Olive Oyl, looking cheerful

Portrait of Olive Oyl looking cheerful

Portrait of Olive Oyl, looking happy I love Olive – she’s a complex character, in turns feisty, passionate, needy and contrary. She’s capable of tenderness and violence. A real heroine in her own right. This screenprint is made using a drawing by the artist who invented Olive Oyl (and then Popeye), Elzie Segar, who died in […]

Leicester Mercury loogabarooga the beano

Comic Art in the press

Comic Art’s exhibition of screenprints celebrating 80 years of The Beano has drawn coverage in the local press. The Leicester Mercury, one of the major daily newspapers in the East Midlands, ran this item about the show at the Charnwood Museum in Loughborough, part of the “Loogabarooga” festival of children’s illustrated literature. The show, which […]

Beano at eighty picture roundup

Eighty years of The Beano in pictures

The Beano is 80 and to celebrate, its publisher (Britain’s top comic pubisher, DC Thomson) has rounded up a collection of the best bits, in pictures. I’m delighted to say that Comic Art screenprints feature twice: the front page of the round up includes my screenprint of The Bash Street Kids being taken home in […]

John Patrick Reynolds at Loogabarooga show

Comic Art show celebrates Beano’s 80th birthday

Britain’s favourite comic, The Beano, celebrates its 80th birthday this year and Comic Art is marking the occasion with a major exhibition of Beano screenprints. Comic Art has been invited to exhibit at the Loogabarooga Festival in Loughborough, which is celebrating The Beano in its 80th anniversary year. This is described as “an annual event for families who love […]

Spitfire on yellow and black

Spitfire print celebrated RAF’s 100th birthday

This is the Supermarine Spitfire. Can there have ever been a more beautiful aeroplane? The Spitfire is a design classic and a symbol of British indomitability. The icon of British military history is so beautiful and yet so deadly. And this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. I’m delighted that my […]

BEANO’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED AT V&A

THE BEANO’S 80th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED AT THE V&A I’ve not yet visited the museum to check it out but I’ll do so soon and file a report. More follows. https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/6Oe8GjYB/beano-a-manual-for-mischief VAM.AC.UK V&A · Beano: A Manual for Mischief 2018 marks eighty years of continuous publication for the much loved

Beano No1

Comic Art exhibitions mark Beano’s 80th birthday

Britain’s favourite comic, The Beano, celebrates its eightieth birthday this summer and Comic Art will be marking the event with two major exhibitions of Beano screenprints. The Beano’s first edition was published on 30 July, 1938 and it’s been published ever since – sometimes selling nearly two million copies a week – making it Britain’s […]

Asterix and the omni-shambles

NEW PRINT: Asterix and the omni-shambles

Asterix and the omni-shambles. Our Gaulish hero is in the company of a couple of burly tribesmen, who are accusing him of causing mayhem, chaos, an omni-shambles. The word was invented by writer Tony Roche, and it was first used in 2009 in the BBC’s political satire The Thick Of It. This screenprint was commissioned by his […]

The Broons go fishing

The Broons go fishing

SALE ITEM: The Broons go fishing – I love the way the panel has internal echoes. Paw Broon and Granpaw Broon form a pair, as do their fishing rods, the speech bubbles, the hilltops and even the rocks in the river. And a ‘but and ben’ is apparently a two-roomed cottage in the countryside. It […]

Popeye's first ever appearance (1929)

Popeye’s first ever appearance (1929)

SALE ITEM: This is Popeye’s first ever appearance (1929). Our favourite sailor’s debut. It’s quite a good joke: he’s approached by Olive Oyl’s brother, Castor, to do a job taking them to a far-away island, but his introductory question: “Hey, there, are you a sailor?” is a stupid one seeing as Popeye is wearing a […]