The Cartoon Museum in London reopens with the V FOR VENDETTA exhibition


London Cartoon museum in the UK reopens next week – and two exhibitions have been announced. The first will be a special look at the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta, the film and its continuing cultural influence. The second will be a On point exhibition on the Anglo-Indian web cartoonist Natasha Natarajan.

In the Cartoon Museum’s May newsletter, they announced some exciting news:

“The Cartoon Museum is finally reopening! After four months of closure, we will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 18, when the restrictions are expected to be lifted again. “

From March 8, the UK began a phased reopening process. The latest phase, which goes into effect on May 17, will allow indoor entertainment – which includes museums – to reopen to the public.

The museum was last forced to close its doors to the public in mid-December 2020, as the COVID alert level for London and the south-east of England was increased and tighter local restrictions were lifted. been implemented. Weeks later, the situation escalated with the extremely virulent UK variant (also known as the Kent variant) of COVID-19 and the entire country went into lockdown. The museum therefore remained closed until 2021.

This past year has been a difficult time for the museum. During the UK’s first lockdown, in 2020, the museum launched an emergency fundraising campaign to keep the lights on. The most recent wave of COVID also led to the tragic loss in January of the museum’s own Alison Brown, a beloved figure in the British comic book community.

With the easing of work restrictions and a grant from the Arts Council England and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Cultural Recovery Fund, the Cartoon Museum in London is gearing up for reopening. He particularly teased the new exhibits on their social media (which remained busy throughout the lockdown).

As the newsletter indicates,

“We have worked hard behind the scenes of the closure and are delighted to announce that we will reopen our doors with two fantastic new exhibits. We are very excited to announce our incredible new exhibit V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask, telling the story of the iconic comic book through the original David Lloyd comic book and props and designs from the 2005 film. We will also be launching a fantastic new In-Focus FML Comics exhibition by Natasha Natarajan, showcasing the unique and wonderful mind of Anglo-Indian cartoonist Natasha Natarajan as she weaves her way through life’s challenges! We will be able to share news from the other exhibition soon (but be excited because this is BIG news!) ”

the V for Vendetta: behind the mask The exhibition will be a particularly important draw for the museum. It will run from May 18 to October 31.

“We’re excited to explore the cultural impact of one of the most groundbreaking comic book series ever released – V for Vendetta – in our new exhibit.

V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask will trace the rise of the graphic novel, to the blockbuster film and now to the global phenomenon as a symbol of protests.

Obtaining rare loans from Warner Bros.’s art department, the exhibit will showcase a history of this modern classic with original artwork and covers, as well as costumes – including an original V-mask – and never-before-seen designs. UK previously. , alongside actual protest stories. “

V for Vendetta was originally serially published between 1982 and 1985 in the ephemeral British anthology title warrior before finding a new home, republished and completed by DC Comics in a ten issue series 1988-89. It was adapted into a 2005 film written by The Wachowskis and led by James mcteigue, and the famous Guy Fawkes mask worn by the protagonist has been frequently associated with protest movements since.

The museum will also have a special online conversation with V co-creator and artist David Lloyd on May 21 at 6:30 p.m. (UTC +1).

The In-Focus spotlight on the work of Anglo-Indian cartoonist Natasha Natarajan will run from May to July 2021, but details are yet to be finalized. Online events are scheduled for June 5 with Jenny Robins and June 19 with Rob Bidder.

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