Comics. Food. Artists. Recipes. For Orbital Comics next thematic exhibition, the brilliant London comic store has gathered a bunch of food-loving cartoonists and illustrators and asked them what they really enjoy cooking these days.
Their answers will be up on the Orbital Gallery walls throughout June, as a glorious exhibition of illustrated recipes.
The exhibition will feature works by Sarah Becan; Matt Boyce; Gemma Correll; EdieOP; Lucy Eldridge, an illustrator who clearly appreciates good food, if her Twitter is anything to go by and even has a Biscuit Print for sale); Robin Ha, creator of the soon-to-be published Cook Korean, out in July from Ten Speed Press – a combination of cookbook and graphic novel that’s the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home); Julian Hanshaw, who recently designed a poster for the Pho Vietnamese restaurant chain); artist and official London Underground busker Sally-Anne Hickman, whose 2015 Inktober artworks included the What If? comic spoof “What If Ginger Baker was a Bonafide Ginger Baker”; Amber Hsu, also creator of the drama The Match Girl, a short monologue piece commissioned for “The Break” – a new drama collaboration between BBC Three, BBC Taster, and the BBC WritersRoom; Graham Johnson; Elizabeth Jordan, Spanish foodie and architect Rosana Laiz, who has created some wonderful recipe prints; Lizz Lunney, Rob Mackinder, Marianne Moldskred, Jessica Penfold, who has this great idea for jazzing up a mundane day involving ice cream and Coke; illustrator Felicita Sala, whose work includes food-related art; Paul Shinn, creator of March of the Penguins, comic strips about the trials and tribulations of two penguins alone in an icy wasteland; Nick Soucek, who recently released the comic Age of Anthropocene: The Age of Man, a story of man-made landscapes; Wilm Lindenblatt, whose handy “German Word of the Day” cartoons include the potentially useful tip that Rhubarb is “Rhabarber”; Ben Wiseman; and Cliodhna Ztoical, who created the The Comics Foodpedia, a 52-page comic with Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Ogawa as part of Lingua Comica 3, a comic book residency run by the Asia Europe Foundation, and Food World, its accoridion book accompaniment. She also created The Art of Cake Diving, which started life as a 24-hour comic attempt in 2007. and was then reworked and published as a hand printed silkscreened book.
If all that makes you hungry, then join the club. It all reminds me of the time I once contributed a recipe to an anthology for Cornish Pasties (I wish I still had a copy). But the final publication’s best recipe came from the late, great comics editor Martin Skidmore: “Get some money. Go to the Fish and Chip Shop. Eat the fish and chips.” Priceless.
• Comics in the Kitchen opens on Saturday 4th June and the ship will be hosting a Private View/ Opening Night on Friday 3rd June 3rd from 7.00pm onwards.