PUBLISHED APRIL 2012
"Mimodrames" H.M.Bateman - Master of the Silent Strip cartoon."
published by Actes Sud in a bi-lingual, French/English Edition.
This is a book devoted to Bateman's strip cartoons, with a foreword by
his biographer, Anthony Anderson. Publication
in April 2012 to coincide with major Bateman retrospective at
The Cartoon Museum.
THE STRIP CARTOONS OF H.M.BATEMAN
H.M.Bateman made three defining contributions to the art of the cartoon:
in 1908, aged only 21, he “went mad on paper” and freed the cartoon from
the conventional stiffness of cartoon characters of the period; during
the 1920s and early 30s he produced his great series of “Man Who...”
cartoons which passed into the mythology of the nation; and in 1916 he
started to publish his extraordinary, revolutionary strip cartoons.
These were strips without words, wonderful cinematic sequences that
relied only upon the story that the drawings told and did away with any
explanatory text. Nothing like them had been seen in Britain before.
Coming across them in the pages of Punch or the Tatler is almost
shocking – they were so vivid, new and different. In their vigour, their
expressiveness and their form they are utterly distinct from any other
work of the time.