Glen Baxter (cartoonist)

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Glen Baxter
Born (1944-03-04) 4 March 1944 (age 71)
Leeds, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Education Leeds College of Art
Known for Cartoonist
Website Official website

Glen Baxter (born 4 March 1944), nicknamed Colonel Baxter, is an English cartoonist, noted for his absurdist drawings and an overall effect often resembling literary nonsense.[1]

Born in Leeds, Baxter was trained at the Leeds College of Art. His images and their corresponding captions employ art and language inspired by pulp fiction and adventure comics with intellectual jokes and references. His simple line-drawings often feature cowboys, gangsters, explorers and schoolchildren, who utter incongruous intellectual statements regarding art and philosophy.

Baxter's artwork has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Independent on Sunday.

In August 2014, Baxter was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[2]


  • Atlas (1979)
  • 5 x 5 (1981) with Ian Breakwell, Ivor Cutler, Anthony Earnshaw, Jeff Nuttall
  • The Impending Gleam (1981)
  • His Life: The Years of Struggle (1983) (translated as Zijn leven, de jaren van strijd, 1986)
  • Atlas, Le dernier terrain vague (1983)
  • Jodpurs in the Quantocks (1986)
  • L'heure du thé (1990)
  • Welcome to the Weird World of Glen Baxter (1989)
  • Ma vie: le jeunes années (1990)
  • The Billiard Table Murders (1990)
  • Glen Baxter Returns to Normal (1992) (translated as Retour à la normale, 1992)
  • The Collected Blurtings of Baxter (1994)
  • The Further Blurtings of Baxter (1994)
  • The Wonder Book of Sex (1995) (translated as Wundersame Welt der Erotik, 1996, and Le livre de l'amour, 1997).
  • Glen Baxter's Gourmet Guide (1997)
  • Blizzards of Tweed (1999)
  • Meurtres a la Table de Billiard (2000)
  • Trundling Grunts (2002)
  • The Unhinged World of Glen Baxter (2002)
  • Loomings Over the Suet (2004)


  1. ^ Conceição Pereira (University of Lisbon), “Glen Baxter: simulacro e literalização”, 2005, Olhares e Escritas, Ensaios sobre Palavra e Imagem, Rui Carvalho Homem e Maria de Fátima Lambert, eds., Porto: Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, pp. 189-195.
  2. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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