Illustration

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The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2021 – enter now!
The annual award for aspiring cartoonists offers the chance to be published in the Observer and win a cheque for £1,000, with past winners going on to land film and book deals

Rachel Cooke

10, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘The cover is supposed to be provocative’: the daunting task of redesigning Nirvana’s Nevermind
With a lawsuit from the famous baby – now 30 years old – prompting the band to consider altering the artwork, five album artists give us their alternative takes on the grunge classic

Daniel Dylan Wray

07, Oct, 2021 @2:39 PM

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‘No indication of criminal intent’ in Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks’ death
Swedish artist, who had been attacked and threatened, died in car crash along with two police bodyguards

Jon Henley and agencies

04, Oct, 2021 @2:54 PM

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‘That first year was a crazy rollercoaster’: why a new mother turned a crisis into cartoons
When her partner left her with a newborn one dark Finnish winter, Anna Härmälä didn’t crumble. Inspired by Fleabag, she turned her pain into raw, funny cartoons

Becky Barnicoat

28, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Jill Murphy obituary
Author and illustrator of relatable yet magical children’s books, including The Worst Witch and Whatever Next!

Julia Eccleshare

22, Aug, 2021 @4:38 PM

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Escher: Journey into Infinity review – meet the man who pictured the impossible
The Dutch illustrator known for visually perplexing design is lauded as a great artist in an interesting if uncritical documentary narrated by Stephen Fry

Peter Bradshaw

11, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘I’ll paint you a story about Jackanory…’ TV show’s art up for sale
Lovers of the BBC story slot can recapture their childhood with illustrator’s images for Stig of the Dump and more

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

08, Aug, 2021 @6:45 AM

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Rupert bare: how the Oz obscenity trial inspired a generation of protest art
When a lewd cartoon of Rupert Bear landed the editors of the 60s counterculture paper in court, David Hockney, John Lennon, Robert Crumb and more made some of their most urgent art in response

Walker Mimms

04, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Ban imposed on overseas sale of John Gould’s landmark ornithological studies
Export bar on Gould’s Original Drawings, valued at £1.2m, will run until September to allow domestic institutions time to raise money for purchase

Alison Flood

06, Jul, 2021 @11:44 AM

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On my radar: Laurent Garnier’s cultural highlights
The French DJ on the TV series Staged, a post-apocalyptic dance show and group therapy for convicts in California

Kathryn Bromwich

03, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Children’s authors on Eric Carle: ‘He created readers as voracious as that caterpillar’
Authors from Julia Donaldson to Cressida Cowell pay tribute to the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who has died aged 91

Alison Flood

27, May, 2021 @1:43 PM

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Eric Carle obituary
Illustrator and author of classic children’s books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Julia Eccleshare

27, May, 2021 @12:11 PM

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