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The Vaults of Terror Exhibition Celebrates Horror TV

Posted: October 21, 2014

The Vaults of Terror is an exhibition celebrating the schlocky world of television horror. Through the mediums of screen printing, drawing, sculpture and installation, twenty one horror-obsessed, lo-brow artists will be presenting their macabre new work. Talented artists from the worlds of illustration, comics, tattoo and street art will interpret their favourite small screen fright shows: from Vampira to Goosebumps via Tales from the Crypt, the art on display will re-animate the shows that have given us nightmares since the 50s. To open the show on October 23rd, The Vaults will be holding a fancy dress Halloween party with super spookin’ garage and punk rock provided by DJ Records and Halloween treats for all. Original artwork and limited edition prints will be available to buy throughout the course of the exhibition.

Artists Exhibiting: Robert Amos, Paul Arscott (Eyeball Comix) and Anna Haifisch, Sam Baldwin (Puck Collective), Bans Illustration, Betty Black, James Burgess, Benjamin Rider, Crumb Cabin, Aidan Cook, Gory Bastard, Lee Greatorex, thomas Key Illustration (New Rule), Elliott Lane, Laura Marlowe, Jonathan McKenzie, Charlie Mellors (Flabby Dagger), Russell Taysom (Flabby Dagger), Saki N Bitches, Josh Whettingsteel (So Young Magazine), and WOLF MASK.


World Premiere Stage Adaptation of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo

Posted: October 14, 2014

Southwark Playhouse celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stan Sakai’s epic award-winning comic book series, Usagi Yojimbo, by presenting the world premiere of a brand new theatrical adaptation live onstage for the first time this Christmas, adapted for the stage by Stewart Melton and directed by Amy Draper.

17th Century Japan. A world of bandit racoons, feline ninjas and warring animal clans. A young rabbit leaves home, family and friends behind him in pursuit of one ambition: to become a great samurai warrior. Trained by a maverick old lion sensei – a teacher of the warrior’s code known as Bushido – Usagi learns that the way of the samurai is one of peace and perfection – not just masterful swordsmanship. But as war engulfs the land, he must make a choice that will test his loyalty, honour and dearest friendship.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this long-running comic book series has won numerous accolades including three Eisner Awards and the Parents’ Choice Award. Adapted for the stage for the first time with special permission from creator Stan Sakai and featuring stunning design, video projection and original live music, Usagi Yojimbo is an epic adventure for the whole family.

Performances at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD take place from Friday 28 November 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015. Tuesday to Sunday at 7pm Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. For full listings visit the Southwark Playhouse website…

This Christmas join our long-eared hero on the adventure of a lifetime as he takes his fate in to his own paws.


My Latest Graphic Novel Reviews for The Independent

Posted: October 9, 2014

I’ve just reviewed five excellent brand-new graphic novels, The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics, Supercrash, Woody Guthrie, Robert Moses and The Motherless Oven, in my regular round-up for The Independent newspaper, online today and in print this coming Saturday. Here’s a great page from Jeff Nicholson’s Through The Habitrails, one of 22 choice Cult Comics selected by Ilya for his Mammoth 448-page tome. Take a look at my reviews here…


The Art of Mark Beyer Exhibition in Columbus, Ohio

Posted: October 7, 2014

Paintings and prints from Thomas Wagner’s extensive collection of art by Raw contributor and Raw Vision magazine cover artist Mark Beyer goes on show at Gallery 831 in Columbus, Ohio today till October 31st. Catch this if you can.


Jon McNaught Designs Colomiers BD Festival Poster

Posted: October 7, 2014

Nobrow artist extraordinaire Jon McNaught, who won an Angoulême Fauve Award last year for the French version of Dockwood, has designed this evocative poster for the upcoming Colomiers BD Festival in France, November 14th to 16th. McNaught’s work is also featured in an exhibition there alongside Lorenzo Mattotti, Michel Rabagliati and many more as this vibrant weekend celebration of comics in their many forms.


Dave Stewart’s Rocketeer Artwork On Sale!

Posted: October 4, 2014

Galerie 9ème Art in Paris is offering for sale the original artworks for The Rocketeer Vol. 2 by the late, great Dave Stevens. Don’t miss the extraordinary opportunity!


Tempo Lush Launch Party at Gosh Comics

Posted: October 2, 2014

This Friday October 3rd from 7-9pm also brings you the Tempo Lush Launch Party at Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick St, Soho, W1F 0DR for four new titles from Tempo Lush Comics:

Tempo Lush Tales: A Comic Book Anthology by Richy K. Chandler, Matt Boyer, Francesca Cassavetti, Martin Eden, Tim Hassan, Steve Horry, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada, Mike Medaglia, Aaron Murphy, Van Nim, Karen Rubins, Paul Shinn, Keara Stewart & Steven Walsh

Rosie and Jacinda: Demon Cloud : A Teenage Fairytale Manga by Richy K. Chandler, Francesca Dare, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada, Zarina Liew & Jade Sarson

Bang! Crash! Whizz! : A pre-school story book comic by Richy K. Chandler & Sally-Anne Hickman

Lucy the Octopus: Any Less the Freak : Third volume in the webcomic collection by Richy K. Chandler.

The night will include a short chat with comics journalist and broadcaster Alex Fitch from Panel Borders, followed by musical renditions of two of the stories from the new range, plus Lucy the Octopus themed cake!  There will also be plenty of time to meet many of the talented creators involved.


Screenings of ‘Seth’s Dominion’ Documentary

Posted: September 30, 2014

Back in June at ELCAF I was lucky enough to once again interview Canadian cartoonist extraordinaire Seth. It would be hard to imagine an easier, more generous and enlightening interviewee. Seth is best known for books like Palookaville, cover art for Aimee Mann, the Criterion Collection and The New Yorker, and a collaborator of Lemony Snicket’s.

Seth was mentioning a documentary by Luc Chamberland based around his fictional locale of Dominion, part filmed reportage about his life, creative processes and philosophies, part animated/puppetry recreations of his comics. The film recently won the award for Best Feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.



The Raindance Festival in London is screening this 42-minute gem, entitled Seth’s Dominion, on Saturday October 4th at 3.40pm - book your tickets here! It will also be screened in the UK as part of the Leeds Film Festival. Meanwhile, to savour the flavour, try one clip…. and try another clip!


Yoshitomo Nara Exhibition at Dairy Art Centre, London

Posted: September 29, 2014

This Friday also sees the opening of a major solo exhibition in London by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. As The Dairy Art Centre explains: “The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Nara in the UK to date, it will feature seminal pieces by the artist, many of which have never been shown before in the UK. Comprising a large body of recent and previously unreleased works, the exhibition will include painting, sculpture, and a unique retrospective of Nara’s drawings spanning 30 years.” Visit it at the Dairy Art Centre, 7a Wakefield St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1PG till December 7th. The work above is entitled ‘Can’t wait ’til the Night Comes’ (2012 © Yoshitomo Nara).


Terror & Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at The British Library

Posted: September 29, 2014

The British Library near King’s Cross in London follows up their remarkably successful exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, which John Harris Dunning and I co-curated, with Terror & Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, a fascinating, velvet-strewn exhibition about the roots, branches and continued flourishings of all things Gothic within literature and beyond, including of course comics and graphic novels. Dave McKean, designer of Comics Unmasked, has illustrated the suitably unsettling poster for the show, which opens this Friday October 3rd and runs till January 20th 2015. Perfect viewing as the evenings start to draw in…


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