An exhibition of art by Steve Dillon opens at Northampton’s Panel Gallery next month, running for six weeks from 4th March 2022, featuring art from a career that spanned decades and continents.
Perhaps best known for his work for 2000AD, and his work on American comics such as Hellblazer, Preacher and The Punisher, Steve Dillion’s comics career began aged just 16, initially for Marvel UK. He died aged 54, in 2016.
The exhibition features pieces from his early work at 2000AD and Marvel UK, including a page of Abslom Daak – Dalek Killer, the character he co-created with Steve Moore; and his later work on Punisher and Scarlet Witch at Marvel US. Included is a selection of 2000AD covers, pages from the DC Vertigo books Preacher and Hellblazer, and many others.
A selection of art is also being for sale, which will be offered to those attending the gallery on a first come, first served, basis. Remaining art will then be available from the Panel Gallery website for a limited time, after the exhibition has finished.
The Panel Gallery is the first art gallery in the UK to specialise in original comic art, showcasing comic art from Marvel, DC Comics, 2000AD and many more publishers. Opened to the public in 2021, Jeff Chahal, the owner and curator, has always felt that comic art doesn’t receive the respect that it should, which ultimately lead to the idea of starting Panel Gallery so that comic artwork might at last be showcased in a fitting environment.
Having worked in comic retail for 20 years, and with a background of running the hugely respected NICE Comic Con in Bedford for the past nine years, Jeff applies the same criteria to both his comic convention and the new Panel Gallery. For him, it is essential that the focus of both are on the art itself and also on all those that are involved in the creative process of producing comic books.
• Steve Dillon Exhibition opens 4th March 2022 and runs until 9th April 2022 The Panel Gallery is at 3 Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE | Web: thepanelgallery.com | Tel: 01604 470100 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.