Humble cartoonist holds secret to happiness
Do we take life too seriously? For decades Matt Pritchett has turned hard-hitting news into funny cartoons. He says humour can be found (almost) anywhere because “nothing matters very much.”
Peppa Piggybank earns her creators £140m
Peppa Pig earns more in a year than Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga combined. Is it foolish to place such a high value on a cartoon character? Or are stories always worth investing in?
Tom and Jerry cartoons to carry racism warnings
The classic cat and mouse cartoons, some made over 70 years ago, have long faced criticism for depicting racial stereotypes. Should they carry warnings or be banned altogether?
Maths secrets of Simpsons revealed in new book
The most successful TV show of all time is written by a team of brilliant ‘mathletes’, says writer Simon Singh, and it is full of obscure mathematical jokes. Can numbers really be all that...
Comics for grown-ups crash literary shortlist
Two ‘graphic novels’ have been nominated for the Costa Award – a prestigious prize for the best literary fiction. Are cartoons always frivolous or are they coming of age?
Homer’s epic: ‘The Simpsons’ hits 500 episodes
‘The Simpsons’, the television phenomenon of a generation, yesterday reached an astonishing new landmark. But should we really be celebrating, or has it lost its edge?
Prisoner of war who created St Trinian’s dies at 91
Cartoonist Ronald Searle has died, after a career that made him one of the best loved humorists in the world. His work was inspired by horrors witnessed in a Japanese labour camp.