Harrogate’s Mercer Gallery is to host The Art of Ian Kennedy, a three month long exhibition of the work of the much missed Commando cover artist and comic artist.
Officially opening during the Thought Bubble Festival, the exhibition has been curated by Phillip Vaughan and Commando comic editor Gordon Tait.
Thanks to Neil Kennedy and Gladys Kennedy they had access to Ian’s personal archive, resulting in a phenomenal wealth of imagery on offer.
The exhibition launches on Friday 11th of November 2022 and runs for three months.
The exhibition should prove a wonderful tribute to Ian, who, sadly, passed earlier this year, and is much missed by many in the British comics community.
Thought Bubble is the Yorkshire Comic Art Festival running 4th – 13th November. A week long celebration of comics, illustration and more spread across the whole of Yorkshire, finishing in a huge two day comic convention in Harrogate. Using the festival week to promote the power of comics, the organising team believe they can inspire, educate and bring people together like no other medium, so whether you’re a long-time fan of comic art or have never picked up a graphic novel before, you’ll find something for you
• The Art of Ian Kennedy: Exhibition Launch Party 6.00 – 7.30pm Friday 11th November Mercer Gallery, 31 Swan Road, Harrogate HG1 2SA | More info on the Thought Bubble web site
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With thanks to Phillip Vaughan
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.