Riddled with literary allusions, class clashes and repressed desires, the comics of Posy Simmonds are essentially English, but they have a universal appeal, writes PAUL GRAVETT
Posy Simmonds: Essentially English
Allow us to introduce you to Posy Simmonds. If you have not met her before, Posy is simply one the world’s most sophisticated contemporary authors expanding the scope and subtlety of the graphic novel. Based in London, Posy has become renowned since the early Seventies, not only as a brilliant strip cartoonist for the national press, but also as a much-loved author and illustrator of children’s books. Despite her success in her homeland, for many years few people outside of Britain knew much about Posy Simmonds, unless they stumbled across her weekly satirical comics in The Guardian newspaper featuring the liberal Weber family, or discovered her charming stories for children such as Fred, perhaps through its adaptation in 1996 into the Oscar-nominated animated short film Famous Fred.
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