Comics artist and designer Rian Hughes will be at Gosh! in London on Thursday 15th March 2018 for a talk and Q&A to celebrate the launch of his new book on pop culture branding, Logo-a-Gogo.
Rian embodies the word prolific. Since starting work in the 1980s his work in illustration, graphic design, and typography have come to define an aesthetic: clean, chameleon-like but always distinctive. Now his latest book from Korero Press, Logo-a-Gogo, gives us a peek behind the scenes, charting the design process for some of his most famous logos, including Batman and Robin, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Captain America and Wolverine along with many others from a vast range of clients; from bands to artists, boutique fashion retailers to international corporations.
With an introduction by Grant Morrison, the Eisner award-winning comics writer and longtime Hughes collaborator, this is an amazing resource for designers, typographers, and comic book illustrators to draw on in brand identity and other graphic design projects.
Rian will also be signing copies of his recent strip collection I Am A Number.
Busy though he is, Rian recently entered discussions about the new Doctor Who logo designed by Little Hawk, revealed earlier this week, which provoked, as expected, a range of reactions from fans (some reported here by the Radio Times, or check out discussion on my own Facebook page). I suspect some may be wrestling with the new look even now if they’re working on print titles; but Forbidden Planet were quick off the mark with their new Doctor Who shirts and they look great.
Rian posted his take on the Doctor Who logo that includes a guide to its structure. A what might have been concept!
(Speaking personally about the new Who logo, having had to wrestle with a truly horrendous one as editor of Doctor Who Magazine that came with the Seventh Doctor’s tenure, I think the new logo beats that hands down. I couldn’t have been happier when no-one at the BBC nixed my return to a version of the “diamond” logo for DWM).
Rian’s talk and signing at Gosh! is sure to be a fascinating night, but if you can’t make it and you’d like something signed, email Gosh! at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can pre-order a signed copy of Logo-A-Gogo for collection or mail order on the Gosh! webstore.
• Rian Hughes: Logo-a-Gogo Talk and Signing 7.30 – 9.00pm Thursday 15th March 2018 Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR. Tel: 02074370187 | Email: email@example.com
• Keep up to date on the Facebook event page
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.