Panel Borders: Kieron Gillen, Now.1
Continuing a month of shows about Superhero Comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kieron Gillen about his recent titles published under the Marvel Now banner, including Iron Man and Young Avengers, his collaborations with writer Matt Fraction, thoughts on online and interactive comics, and his forays into ‘mature readers’ titles such as Uber. Recorded at Nine Worlds Geek Fest, London 2013
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Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Kieron Gillen about his work
Battle of the Eyes at Orbital Comics
Battle Of The Eyes formed in 1986 as an art gang of three: Savage Pencil (Edwin Pouncey), Chris Long and Andy Dog. Taking inspiration from 60?s US chrome culture, early underground comix and psychotronic cinema, BOTE welded together to produce Nyak-Nyak!, a fold-out art comic that was initially free with copies of Wiseblood’s 12? single Motorslug. Although Dog departed soon after, Long (aka Eyeball) and Savage Pencil carried on to publish three other titles: Bug Fuck, Disposal Bag (with Gary Panter) and Corpsemeat 2 -the latter’s main story written by Alan Moore. Other projects included skateboard designs for Slam City Skates, and T-shirts and bags for Rough Trade.
When Long and Pouncey reunited in 2010, Battle Of The Eyes returned with a new creative agenda. Collaborative, large-scale paintings shunned the form and dialogue of the early comix in favour of a more nuanced and painterly approach to communicate Long and Pouncey’s visual ideas. Improvisation plays a great part, as does a passion for paint manipulation and clashing colours. Their work taps into the unknown, allowing forms to appear unexpectedly beneath the layers of paint and ink. After Planet Of The Jackanapes (2012) – an exhibition of their early works from this period shown at Norwich Castle – BOTE has been working in the studio to produce a body of work that ripples with wit and imagination. The forthcoming exhibition also marks the partnership’s return to publishing with the first issue of The Battle Of The Eyes Bulletin.
Long and Pouncey will be live drawing at Orbital Comics from 23rd Jan – 25th Jan and then exhibting the results until 14th Feb 2014 in the Orbital Gallery
More info at www.orbitalcomics.com/battle-of-the-eyes
8 Great Newport Street,
London WC2H &JA
Events at Gosh! comics
Comix are my Rock and Roll film screening
Gosh!’re very pleased to welcome director Daniel Baldwin to their shop this evening for the first screening of the film Comix are my Rock and Roll open to the general public, following the premiere screening for Kickstarter backers and a very successful appearance at the London Short Film Festival last weekend. Gosh! will be showing the film and then hosting a Q&A session with Daniel afterwards with it all kicking off from 7.30pm.
Just So Happens Launch party
Fumio Obata is a comic book author and visual artist who makes absolutely stunning work and who we here at Gosh! are huge fans of. His comics are a visual mish-mash of manga and Bande Dessinée styles, with the frequent theme of cultural differences, and his zines were the insider tip-off at Thought Bubble 2012. Jonathan Cape have snapped him up quickly for his UK debut graphic novel, Just So Happens.
If this tickles your fancy, you should probably make it down to the launch party for Just So Happens, taking place on Friday, the 7th of February, from 7pm until 9pm. There will be booze as usual, as well as Fumio himself signing copies.
1 Berwick Street,
London W1F 0DR