Exhibition: Frank Quitely – The Art of Comics

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01/04/2017 - 01/10/2017 All day

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics

Heading to the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow in April is Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics, running 1st April to 1st October 2017.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove will be the largest collection of his work every displayed, offering the opportunity to get up close and personal with the painstaking detail in every iconic frame.

There will also be original artwork from other titans of the comic book industry such as Frank Millar and Neal Adams, as well as an original Batman comic strip by his creator, Bob Kane. And of course the exhibition wouldn’t be complete with including the strip that inspired it all – “The Broons” from the Sunday Post.

The Art of Comics also shows influence and context for this genre from the historical, with the universal structure of the heroic myth and the Scottish tradition of storytelling, through to the modern, with current affairs and technological development.

Superman by Frank Quitely
Superman by Frank Quitely

Frank Quitely is the alter ego to Glasgow born artist Vincent Deighan, who took on the name in his early career to hide his identity while he drew for the Scottish publication Electric Soup. Now the name Frank Quitely is synonymous with iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and the X-Men.

A world renowned artist in hot demand he’s currently finishing off the epic story Jupiter’s Legacy published by Image Comics with fellow Scottish comic book legend, writer Mark Millar.

Alongside the comic art in the exhibition we’re told there will be digital interactives, where visitors can discover the process of drawing a comic page or create their own super hero costume and get their photo taken flying through space.

• Tickets  for this unique journey from Kelvingrove to Krypton and Glasgow to Gotham go on sale from 4th January 2017

• Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics 1st April – 1st October 2017 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland G3 8AG | Web | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | Pinterest

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