The stage is set! From the Depths, a celebration of the acclaimed Hellboy artwork of Duncan Fegredo opens this Saturday (21st September) in Kendal, ahead of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival next month.
As we previously reported, the exhibition will delve into Fegredo’s working techniques and uncover how images are summoned from the written script.
Duncan’s work on the latest Hellboy title, Hellboy: The Beast of Vargu will be explored in fascinating detail and the exhibition will also celebrate The Midnight Circus, the Hellboy comic of which Duncan is most proud; along with a host of other material from his own collection.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has revealed some of the fantastic entries received for its tie-in 2019 “Hell of a Comic Art Challenge” from students of the arts and young comic art enthusiasts, who have been creatively exploring the depths Hell to create new comic characters.
Much more than “just” Hellboy artist, Duncan Fegredo is described by his peers as “the artists’ artist” – and is a guest at this year’s Festival (11th – 13th October).
He’s best known for his collaborations with Mike Mignola on the iconic Hellboy. Books include Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm & The Fury and The Midnight Circus, all published by Dark Horse Comics.
Earlier significant works include Enigma with writer Peter Milligan (Vertigo), Jay & Silent Bob with writer/director Kevin Smith and, more recently, MPH with writer and iconoclast Mark Millar (Image books).
A step outside comics saw Fegredo work as lead storyboard artist on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah movie. More recently, he contributed storyboards to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and for a sadly defunct Pixar project.
Recently Fegredo returned to Hellboy with the one-shot The Beast of Vargu – and was reminded that comics are “bloody hard work”!
• From the Depths: The Hellboy Comics of Duncan Fegredo 21st September – 13th October 2019 Wildman Street Gallery, Kendal College Campus, Free | Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11.00am – 4.00pm Also Open: Tuesday 8th October 11.00am – 4.00pm; Sunday 13th October 11.00am – 4.00pm