Glen Baxter (cartoonist)

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Glen Baxter
Born (1944-03-04) 4 March 1944 (age 74)
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 draughtsman and 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 1960-5. He was a teacher at the V & A, 1967-74. His first solo exhibition was held at New York's Gotham Book Mart Gallery. Baxter's artwork has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Independent on Sunday. 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. One of his best known satirical works, Impending Gleam was first published in 1981.

In August 2014, Baxter was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.[2]

In May 2016, the New York Review of Books will publish a collection of Baxter's work including popular selections from his career as well as new cartoons titled, Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings.[3]


  • 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)
  • The Impending Gleam Thames & Hudson, (1985)
  • 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)
  • Le safari historico-gastronomique en Poitou-Charentes. Poitiers: Éditions Atlantique, 2010. ISBN 978-2-911320-41-5. In French and English. Preface by Alberto Manguel.


  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. 
  3. ^ "Almost Completely Baxter". New York Review Books. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 

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