This June, prepare to be amazed as four grand masters of comic art come together to present an exciting exhibition of work at Shrewsbury’s new Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery in Belle Vue.
Comic Art: A Master Craft runs from Saturday 3rd June to 1st July and will feature the work of internationally renowned comic illustrators Charlie Adlard, Christian Ward, Dan Berry and Mike Perkins, whose credits include work on series such as The Walking Dead and superheroes and villains including Superman, Captain America, Thor and the X-Men.
As an exclusive, Charlie will be revealing previously unseen work from a book by Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, as well as a splash of original artwork from Altamont, depicting guitar hero Eric Clapton in a cameo with one of its main characters.
Published by Glénat, Altamont, written by Herik Hanna, is set around the time of the 1969 infamous Rolling Stones festival of the same name (and the well-regarded Gimme Shelter documentary), telling a dark story of a group of teenagers at the festival, which descends into despair and chaos.
The book is set to be launched at Le Cabaret Vert rock festival in Reims, Kiplan, in August; it’s a personal project, described by Charlie as “very colourful and psychedelic” and is the only comic he has ever coloured, although he is also working on the occasional coloured variant cover for The Walking Dead.
Whether you’re new to comics, or a die-hard fan, this is a unique chance to discover the talent behind some of the world’s most iconic comic characters and projects from cosmic space operas to the illustration of nobel prize winning books. A world-class exhibition awaits – so don’t miss it.
MRS JONES is a new, independent art shop and gallery in Shrewsbury, situated just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Shrewsbury in the thriving hub of Coleham village.
The exhibition is being run in support of Shrewsbury’s Belle Vue Arts Festival, the brain child of Judy Townsend, a former teacher and Mayoress of Shrewsbury. In 2003, Judy, along with the help of friends and local artists came together to create an inspiring week of arts events for the local community of Belle Vue. Now, twenty years later, the festival continues through the efforts of a small group of committed volunteers and a wide network of supporters.
Alongside the exhibition, the Festival is running a Comic Art Competition for children, offering the winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to win an incredible book filled with illustrations by each artist involved. The deadline is Friday 30th June, and entries must be delivered to the MRS JONES shop – details here on the Festival web site.
• Comic Art: A Master Craft Saturday 3rd June – 1st July, MRS JONES Art Shop & Gallery, 118 Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury
• Belle Vue Art Festival 2023 Official Site: bellevueartsfestival.co.uk/festival-2023
With thanks to Shane Chebsey for the heads up
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