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This history aims to present a wide-screen vision of comic art, from Hogarth to Spitting Image, from Michelangelo to The Mighty Boosh. Tackling the big themes of morality, politics, the bawdy and the absurd, from the eighteenth century to the present day, it features works by cartoonists and caricaturists, from Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank, to Edward Lear, Heath Robinson, Oz and Viz magazine. Beginning with the origins of the caricature, the book’s journey encompasses cartoons, comic books, film, photography, audio, new media and contemporary art. It traces the development of different genres and techniques, and deal with the development of successive media, from the engraving through to the newspaper and the online blog. Through extensive illustrations of classic and little known facets of comic art, the book tells an alternative history of Britain.