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Patrick Brown of Paddybrown.co.uk has started a very interesting history of Irish comics;

It’s difficult to compile a history of Irish cartooning from the available secondary sources. Most cartoon histories use cartoons to shed light on historical events and contemporary attitudes, and have little interest in the cartoonists and their art. For obvious reasons, political cartoons are well represented in such histories, but cartoons on more general subjects are of little interest to historians and are much harder to find. Compiling a proper history would take years of research through newspaper and magazine archives, backed up with the knowledge to place styles and trends in Irish cartooning, not just in their historical context, but in the context of styles and trends in cartooning and art generally, and I’m in no position to do that just at the moment. This article is based on the knowledge I have, in which there will obviously be huge gaps, but we have to start somewhere.

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Written by The Department of Illustration

August 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Posted in Comics, European, History

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