Gareth A. Hopkins "After Smith" piece based on a page from Revere Book 3, originally illustrated by Simon Harrison

Abstract comic art re-interprets the work of 2000AD writer John Smith

Gareth A, Hopkins abstract reinterpretation of art by Sean Phillips for a John Smith-penned story for 2000AD
Gareth A. Hopkins abstract reinterpretation of art by Sean Phillips for the John Smith-penned story “Swimming in Blood” for 2000AD
‘After Smith’  is a new exhibition work opening in Germany today that re-interprets 10 pages of comics originally written by John Smith, and drawn by eight different artists as abstract works, as part of the ongoing ‘Intercorstal’ project created by Gareth A Hopkins.
Gareth is an artist whose current main focus is an abstract comic called ‘The Intercorstal’ which he has been working on it in one form or another since 2008.
“In that time my purposes and methods for creating pages has changed dramatically,” he says, “but the whole thing is held together by my drawing style and sensibilities.
Gareth A. Hopkins abstract reinterpretation of art from Indigo Prime: Perfect Day, originally illustrated by Lee Carter for 2000AD.
Gareth A. Hopkins abstract reinterpretation of art from Indigo Prime: Perfect Day, originally illustrated by Lee Carter for 2000AD.
“I was recently asked by Projektraum 404, an arts group in Bremen, to exhibit with them as part of their Abstrakte Comics series of shows, which includes other abstract comics artists from around the world,” says Essex-based Gareth. “The second part of the series includes myself and the French artist Florian Huet.
“For my part, I have completed a ten-page project called ‘After Smith’ which reworks comic pages originally written by John Smith, predominantly for 2000AD.”
Accompanying the exhibition will be a free booklet, featuring an introduction by the blogger Tom Whitely (who writes at suggestedformaturereaders.wordpress.com) along with images of the finished reworkings, alongside their originals.
• Abstrakte Comics 2 opens in Bremen on 11th September and runs through to the 4th October. Projektraum 404 is at Hegelstraße 38, Bremen, Germany and the Facebook Event for the exhibition can be found here
• For all the “After Smith’ images featured visit: http://intercorstal.com/after-smith-gallery
• The rest of The Intercorstal can be found here: http://intercorstal.com

• Gareth A Hopkins other work can be found at http://www.grthink.com | Twitter: @grthink | Facebook: /grthink

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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