Panel Borders: Image Duplicators

Panel Borders: Image Duplicators

In the last of a series of shows about the relationship between fine art and comics, Alex Fitch talks to three artists about their recreations of fine art in comic book pages and vice versa. Simon Russell discusses his small press comics Roy and That’s not my Merkin!, Dutch artist Typex illuminates his graphic novel about Rembrandt, and Jason Atomic talks about his contribution to the ‘Image Duplicator’ show at Orbital Comics which deconstructs the work of Roy Lichtenstein. Originally broadcast Monday 27th May 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM

cover of Not my Merkin by Simon Russell, Extract from Rembrandt by Typex, Homage to Carl Barks by Jason Atomic

cover of Not my Merkin by Simon Russell, Extract from Rembrandt by Typex, Homage to Carl Barks by Jason Atomic

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Simon Russell’s blog
Buy Roy and That’s not my Merkin! from
Info about Typex at
Jason Atomic’s blog
Image Duplicator info at

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with director Peter Greenaway about his projections onto Rembrandt’s paintings in the Rijksmuseum and film of the painter’s Nightwatch

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Image Duplicator at Orbital Comics

Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein currently has a show on at the Tate Modern. While the public is intimately familiar with his work, what they may be unaware of is that many of his images were directly “appropriated” from comic artists like Irv Novick, Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, John Romita and Joe Kubert, who received no fee or credit.

Is this an act of brilliant recontexturalisation? The elevation of commercial “low” art to “high” art? Art world snobbery? Artistic licence? Gallery shortsightedness? Cultural annexation? Or something else entirely? This show brings together real comic-book artists and other “commercial artists” – illustrators, designers, cartoonists – to ask these kinds of questions and share their views, via their work.

Each artist was asked to “re-reappropriate” one of the comic images Lichtenstein used: to go back to the source material and twist it into something interesting and original, and in the process to comment on the act of appropriation.

Money raised from selling prints and originals will be donated to the Hero Initiative, which helps down-on-their-luck comic book veterans.

Take Back the Art!

16th May – 31st May 2013, Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA
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Gosh! Comics Signings

Jaime Hernandez is coming to town to do a talk at BD and Comics Passion Festival ( — about comics, inspiration, creative process and his punk rock girls, Maggie and Hopey and the rest of them, from the very excellent, much-loved Love & Rockets — and Gosh! are feeling pretty lucky right now because he’s coming to the shop too.

For two hours on Wednesday the 29th of May (the day before the talk) Jaime will be signing comics including his latest graphic novel God and Science – Return of the Ti-Girls at our signing table. And you are invited, obviously.

Wednesday, 29th of May, 5pm – 7pm

Gary Northfield not only has a new book out, but he has a new book out about dinosaurs which is even better. You’ll know Gary’s work if you read Derek the Sheep back when he was in the Beano, or maybe you know his stuff from The Phoenix, or maybe you stared at him while he drew Rupert the Bear in Gosh!’s window on Free Comic Book Day. In any case, you are invited to drink beer (or juice if you’re wee) at the launch party of Gary Northfield’s Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs!

Friday, 31st of May, 7pm -9pm

Gosh!, 1 Berwick Street
Soho, London. W1F 0DR

Help launch The Black Cloud

Support Charles Cutting’s new graphic short story compilation… If you think it’s the kind of thing you would be cool with posting about, liking and sharing on Facespace and Twitter, Charlie would be most grateful…

Over the last year and a half Charles has produced three short stories in graphic form for three different authors.

‘After The End’ is penned by Tauriq Moosa and deals with a secret scientific experiment.

‘Two Little Boys’ concerns an intriguing coincidence linking the lives of Adolf Hitler and Ludwig Wittgenstein and is written by Christian David. It first appeared in Issue 29 of The Illustrated Ape.

The final story ‘The Bleeding Horse’ is an adaptation of a macabre story by Brian J Showers about a haunted Irish pub.

Charlie needs $2000 to cover the printing and shipping costs. By pre-ordering a copy of Black Cloud via Indiegogo you will be entitled to various perks depending on how much you wish to chip in to the campaign. These cost between $15 and $200 and include sketches, advertising space and original artwork.