The Shrewsbury Comic Art Trail organised by the Comics Salopia Festival and Shrewsbury Town Council in partnership with Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury BID, and The Big Town Plan has been awarded £14,500 of lottery funding from the Arts Council of England.
The funding will go towards the commissioning and production of nine giant-sized pieces of comic art that will be unveiled on the Saturday 24th July 2021, created by some of the most renowned comic artists in the world.
These include Shrewsbury born artist, Charlie Adlard, known for his as the artist and co-creator on the world famous The Walking Dead comics and exclusive DC Comics artist, Mike Perkins, who has recently moved back to Shrewsbury from America.
Other amazing artists contributing include Manga artist, Sonia Leong, and legendary Beano and Toxic artist, Lew Stringer.
The sites include historical and cultural landmarks such as The Dingle, Theatre Severn, and Shrewsbury Town Library, where inspiring talks and workshops will be hosted by some of the comic artists.
The nine panels will combine to tell a story, which was written by Judge Dredd creator, John Wagner, who is also a local Shropshire resident.
“I am so excited to start telling you all about this huge project,” enthuses comic creator Shane Chebsey, part of the Comics Salopia team.
“Shrewsbury is such a beautiful town, and if you love art you now have a great excuse to book a weekend away to enjoy the sights.”