Comic Strip Revolution exhibition opens soon in Belgium

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A “Comic Strip Revolution” exhibition at La Boverie, Liege, Belgium will present art from two game-changing French bande dessinée magazines, Métal Hurlant and (A SUIVRE) from 17th March to 11th June 2017.

Showing more than 300 original drawings from French, Belgian, and international artists, the exhibition, titled Révolution Bande Dessinée (“Comic Strip Revolution”) presents two major magazines, Métal Hurlant and (A SUIVRE), which shook up the Ninth Art from the mid-1970s up until the end of the 90s.

The exhibition is the result of an initiative of the City of Liège and Michel-Edouard Leclerc, a passionate collector of comics, president of the Hélène & Edouard Leclerc Culture Fund, and under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Barbier, comics expert and his commissioner, the exhibition retraces a decisive period in history for Franco-Belgian comics.

Over some 25 years,  thanks to many talented authors, comics opened to a new audience, mainly through the existence of the two magazines featured.

The exhibition will present a set of roughly 320 original drawings from Métal Hurlant and (A SUIVRE), placing the history of these two magazines in close comparison, in  chronological presentation extending from 1975 to 1997.

The presented works involve such authors as Gal, Juillard, Margerin, Munoz, Gillon, Barge, Sokal, Forest, Clerc, Manara, Comès, Boucq and Servais – and provides a particular focus on the flagship authors of the period: Moebius, Druillet, Schuiten, Tardi and Pratt.

More information (in French)

(With thanks to Paul Gravett)

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

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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