Artist Highlight: William James Affleck Shepherd

Have you ever had that moment when you decide to watch that indie film that not even the indie festivals screened? Have you ever picked up a completely random book at the library that you had never heard of before, but it pulled at you for no obvious reason so you decided to give it a go? Has that act ever given you that amazing feeling of discovery afterwards? Art and beauty are all around us but because we are usually attracted to –and blinded by- the limelight, we fail to find it. Still, sometimes we stumbled upon something special and oh, the glory. To find that piece of wonder and be awed, giddy with the high only a treasure hunter who just unearthed a chest full of jewels can feel. Well those moments are special and ought to be shared, which is why I am yapping here today in an attempt to talk to you about a gem I unearthed (don’t worry, I wasn’t the first one). His name is William James Affleck Shepherd, and his story is quite something. Continue reading “Artist Highlight: William James Affleck Shepherd”


Conversations at the Cartoon Museum 1

In this new and exciting project, the Cartoon Museum will discuss highlights of our collections (comics&cartoons) with museum staff and guests. First up, an interview with curator of the Comics Gallery and head of the HLF Comic Creators Project, Steve Marchant on the amazing Jack Kirby!


Another Brick Bradford in the Wall

He was a ‘soldier of fortune’ who explored lost civilisations, ‘unravelled the secrets of the past and probed the mysteries of the future’. His stories ran from 1933-1987 in Newspapers across the United States. He was also popular globally with distribution in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Italy as well as in France under the nom d’plume of Luc Bradefer or ‘Luke Ironarm’. Columbia Pictures produced a 15-chapter serial featuring him in 1947. So why is the most obvious question: who is Brick Bradford? Continue reading “Another Brick Bradford in the Wall”

The Cloggies by Bill Tidy

William Edward Tidy was born in Tranmere, near Birkenhead on Merseyside, on 9 October 1933.   His father, also called Bill, was a charming but feckless man, a merchant navy quartermaster who was away from home for long periods and was not involved in bringing up his son.   His mother Catherine worked as a barmaid to support herself and her son, and often got retired women who lived locally to look after him while she worked.   One of these women, Nellie, may have helped to point Tidy towards his ultimate career: she was an avid fan of the Beano and Dandy.   At one stage he moved to live with his Uncle Bert and Aunt Polly in Liverpool.   Bert was a great storyteller, adding another string to Tidy’s artistic bow.   He returned to live with Catherine, by then a pub manager, and attended Anfield Junior School where Miss Edwards encouraged him to develop his innate drawing talent.   American comics and war films were another influence on him.   He never had any formal art training.

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