Cartoon Museum fundraiser T-shirt
profits from the sale of these T-shirts will go towards The Cartoon Museum's
publisher behind one of Britain’s biggest comics has launched an exclusive
T-shirt to help the country’s only museum dedicated to comic books survive the
Rebellion, the publisher
of legendary comic book 2000 AD, is raising funds for The Cartoon Museum in
London with a special T-shirt bearing classic art from the heyday of British
The new T-shirt,
available exclusively from the 2000 AD and Treasury of British Comics webshops,
features the cover of Battle Picture Weekly #423 (cover date: 11 June 1983) by
master artist Eric Bradbury. Beneath the museum’s distinctive logo, the cover
from the ‘Invasion 1984’ strip shows a very different kind of crisis -
Piccadilly Circus being invaded by aliens!
All profits from the
sale of the shirts will go towards the independent museum’s £150,000
fundraising appeal, which seeks to help it through the difficulties caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The museum, which
receives no regular government or local authority funding, has been hit hard
after closing on 18 March. Seventy-five per cent of its yearly income came from
admissions, shop purchases, school visits, and venue bookings. Even when
visitors return, the museum is expecting an 80 per cent drop in numbers.
Such a big expected drop
in revenue, along with the longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on key audiences for
the museum such as schools and overseas tourism, has huge implications and so
The Cartoon Museum is fundraising to survive the closure period.
Set up by the Trustees
of The Cartoon Museum, so far the fundraising appeal has raised £86,000 towards
a total goal of £150,000. Contributions have been made in a variety of ways, including
small grants, proceeds of a half-marathon, cover price and book sale reductions
from publishers close to the museum, proceeds from a sale of one-off comic art,
and donations from friends and the public. In July 2020, the museum announced
an award of £98,700 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Cartoon Museum
champions cartoon and comic art, highlighting its importance to culture and
society. Since 2006 it has received 420,000 visitors, and built a nationally
important collection of 4,300 cartoons, comics and caricatures, and a library
of 18,000 items. The Cartoon Museum runs a well-attended school programme and
sell-out school holiday workshops, and over 50,000 children and adults have
attended cartooning, comic and animation workshops and the museum receives
3,000 student visits each year. The museum is a registered charity.
If you would like to
help secure the museum’s survival, you can donate to the appeal at www.cartoonmuseum.org
- Available in both unisex and
women’s cuts on Fruit of the Loom shirts.
colours: Black, White, Royal Blue, Classic Olive, Red.
- Available in
sizes 3XL (unisex) and 2XL (women’s)
This is a print on demand T-shirt, please allow between 3-10
working days for the item to be printed and dispatched.