Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow is set to host Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics from 1st April to 1st October 2017. Personally I’m looking forward to this event because it’s nice to see comic books which are often seen less as art and more as disposable entertainment receive some attention. In addition the exhibition serves to shine a spotlight on Scotland and its contribution to the comic book industry as a whole.
The exhibition will explore the popular fascination with superheroes and comic books with a particular focus on Frank Quitely and other Scotland natives who’ve made an impact on the industry. Frank Quitely (whose real name is Vincent Deighan) is a Glasgow born Comic book artist and is headlining the exhibition, which will be the largest display of his own works of art ever.
As well as Frank Quitely the exhibition will also feature work from two titans of the industry and fellow Scotsmen. Mark Millar, author of Kingsman and Kick-Ass both of which have been adapted into movies. After working with both DC Comics and Marvel Comics he went on to start his own publishing company called Millarworld which is based in Glasgow’s west end. And Grant Morrison one of the most influential writers in the industry having written numerous iconic stories for DC comics such as All-Star Superman or Batman: Arkham Asylum.
The exhibition will also feature an original Batman comic strip by the superhero’s creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and a comic strip that inspired Quietly, featuring some other famous Scottish residents, The Broons.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see a wide variety of Quitely’s artwork and admire it up in close in an interactive experience, including his first Batman story where Batman is imagined as living in Scotland and interacting with famous Scottish landmarks such as the Forth Rail bridge. As well as that the event will have a variety of exhibits from the big names in the comic book industry.
As well as getting up close and personal with artwork from Quitely and other big names, visitors will also get hear/read interviews with them as well. Finally there are opportunities for visitors to design their own comic page and/or superhero costume and to then pose for a picture soaring through the air. All in all the event seems like it’s going to be a super big success.
Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics opens at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow on Saturday 1st April and runs until 1st October 2017. Tickets cost £7 per adult/ £5 per concession, children under 16 get in for £3, with under 3’s going free. A family ticket is £15. For more information click here.
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