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Celebrating David Bowie: Moonage Exhibition opens this week at London’s Orbital Comics

Jamie Coe's David Bowie 'Changes' tribute record cover for the Moonage Daydreams exhibition! at Orbital Comics

Jamie Coe’s David Bowie ‘Changes’ tribute record cover for the Moonage Daydreams exhibition! at Orbital Comics

January marks what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, and the first anniversary of his untimely death to cancer.

Celebrating the career of one of popular art’s most vital innovators, chameleons and talents, Moonage Daydreams – an exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics – sees 20 artists from the comic book field and beyond offer their unique take on their favourite David Bowie albums and singles.

The exhibition, organised by Robin Harman (who also organised the superb “Cover Visions” exhibition last year) opens on Friday 13th January 2017 with a launch party that kicks off at 8.00pm and runs for three weeks.

Artst involved include Dean Beattie (creator of Random Trials), New Yorker illusrator Jamie Coe, (whose debut graphic novel Art Schooled was published by Nobrow), Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven, The Can Opener’s Daughter), comics artist and illustrator Jonathan Edwards, co-creator of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s “Poblin” mascot, Marc Laming (King: The Phantom, Planet Hulk) and Iain Laurie (Comixtribes). All involved have created a new sleeve for the record of their choice, which will be displayed in the Orbital Gallery space, with a limited run of prints being made available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Cancer Research UK.

“I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you that the world lost one of its last great artists this year with the passing of David Bowie,” says Robin Harman. “He was a great performer, chameleon and talent, and the mark he left on the arts world is one that will doubtfully ever be surpassed. Never before have a seen such a unanimous outpouring of sadness, but also celebration on social media. He meant a lot to so many.”

• For more details about this project visit moonage-daydreams.com

Details all upcoming events Orbital can be found on their web site

Moonage Daydreams Exhibition - Launch Party Poster

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, editorial duties for various companies, and promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine, Star Wars Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine for Print Media Productions and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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