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Black and white photograph of Stonehenge showing the Heel Stone.

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

The 21st June marked the summer solstice – an event hailing the longest day of the year and (hopefully!) the start of summer – which is celebrated across much of the northern hemisphere at this time of year. One of the most iconic midsummer festivals takes place in the United Kingdom at the ancient monumental […]

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Hunter-Gatherer on the Loose

I have no inclination to justify my interest in comics. It’s enough to read them. In childhood the American comics were unique. It was similar to Hollywood. Though conceived in other countries, America was where the culture developed and flourished. The size, the shape and the substance of the American comic book opened a world […]

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The Italian Siren and the French Noir

It’s always miffed me slightly. So many females in my life had been derisory about my attachment to comics, except my fiancée Erica – we were together during my exile into the comic book wilderness. For five years I abstained; I didn’t read, buy or refer to comics. When Erica left me I despaired. Without […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2014 Winner Announced

Last night saw the presentation of the 2014 V&A Illustration Awards, and we are pleased to announce that Helen Musselwhite was chosen as our overall winner. Helens’ winning work was entered for the Editorial category and accompanies an article in Dance Gazette by author Audrey Niffenegger called, ‘Ten Myths of Creativity’ which explores the ups […]

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‘Our Power is in the Street’. American Posters of the 1960′s

  At University I was instructed to use the internet with caution- fine to look up a date or person on Wikipedia but never cite it as a source or rely on a Google search to provide all the answers. However whilst researching the backgrounds of the modern protest posters for the display A World […]

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The Alternative Chelsea Flower Show

Today marks the start of the Chelsea Flower Show and if, like me, you missed out on one of the 157,000 tickets to this highly popular event (or even if you’re one of the lucky ones!), I thought this was the perfect opportunity to explore the incredible collections of all things botanical that we have […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

We are very excited to announce the 2014 shortlist for our annual V&A Illustration Awards. This year our judges included two Art Directors, Gary Cochran from the Telegraph and Peter Dyer from Profile Books, joining them was our very own Director of Design, Moira Gemmill.   To choose our Student Award winners were illustrator and […]

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The Comic Book Community

The initial connection with a comic book milieu was in the early 1970s. I’d been evicted from my pokey little flat in the World’s End, Chelsea; bath in the kitchen, shared lavatory, paraffin heater, the relentless roar of traffic and the smell of pollution – bad news for someone with an asthma history. However, compared […]

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Back to Comics & More Disapproval

Sometime soon after the dissolution of my marriage plans I drifted into the Fulham Road Popular Book Exchange and while rummaging found masses of contemporary and old American comics. I opened one of the earliest issues of The Amazing Spider-Man and was instantly hooked. I scoured the Book Exchanges across London and scooped up a […]

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The Beginnings of a Collector

My childhood collection of comic books survived intact until I was poised to start studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. My big problem was; my mother disapproved of the comics. Mom wanted a law passed against grown boys reading comics. My father said that was enough, and mom kept quiet. L Mabusela never […]

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