Classic Cartoons: Martin Plimmer on Mel Calman
Saturday 10 October 1998
For all his melancholy (his listed recreations in Who's Who were "brooding and worrying"), he wasn't depressive, and was capable of wild, hallucinogenic fantasies, according to his daughter Stephanie, a sitcom writer. One was a plan to spray Centrepoint pink from a helicopter. Sadly, he died - in 1994 - before he could carry this out. Some of his many drawings can be seen at the exhibition Look Back in Angst, at Rae-Smith Gallery, Cecil Court, London WC2 (0171-836 7424), to 24 Oct.
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 3 George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
- 4 Headaches, fry ups, and hair of the dog - why do we get hangovers, and is there such thing as a 'cure'?
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence: Britain faces 'constitutional crisis' at next election
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly