June 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Yes, we have selected a favourite and here are a few words from Paul Gravett to confirm our selection:
AbsORBing, AbsORBant, but not ExORBitant!
Orbs come in a brain-spinning diversity of spherical forms in these inventive two-page comics from hither and yon for this fourth absORBing, absORBant but not exORBitant compilation of Adventures in Comics. You might expect a fair share of crystal balls, and some ghostly manifestations, extraterrestrial life forms, magical sprites, alien motherships, royal and religious treasures and our own Sun and Planet Earth. But how about the eye of Sauron, goldfish bowls, a mysterious egg, even rockstar Roy Orbison and his eyeball?
The funniest of all may be a humongous ball of wool and the weirdest viewpoint or ‘camera angle’ must surely be from the inside of a bowling ball looking out through the holes as the fingers poke in! As every year, it’s agonising to pick just one overall winner with so much talent, technique and imagination on display and styles and stories stretching from the ridiculous to the sublime.
But the story that made me smile and laugh out loud and stayed with me the most was Steve Alexander’s brilliantly nutty family secret behind a forgotten British sporting hero, the world’s heaviest wrestler, Bill ‘The Orb’ Orbison.
Congratulations Steve! A copy of ‘Comics Unmasked – Art and Anarchy in the UK’ will be winging its way to you. The catalogue from the new comics show at the British Library is a great primer on all things related to comic arts. Enjoy!
May 8, 2014 § 4 Comments
It’s been a bit quiet since the show due to the fact i’ve had my head down to get all the submissions up on our website. adventuresincomics.org
They are all together in all their glory, looking fabulous! Go get reading!
The show was great, we should have some pictures up soon, and we should also have some news soon so keep peeled!
May 2, 2014 § 1 Comment
Tonight will be the first time the public can view ALL submissions to ‘The Orb’ together in one place. If you are in or close to Margate it would be great if you came along, said hi and get lost in a few comics. Details are here. Unfortunately because i’m finishing setting up the show there will be no comic today.
May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
I like this style of mixed media and that monkey looks well happy at the end. Yay happy monkey. A nice break away from a standard panel comic.
I am an artist and illustrator that lives in London. In my work I am interested in the crossover between ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Comics’. My drawing at the moment is influenced a lot by Dada and Surrealist collage. I am as much interested in the materials used and naïve mark making as I am in telling a story.
April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
I really REALLY love this style of artwork, i could read this comic forever! Will be checking out more of Ballardini’s stuff.
Silvia Ballardini, known as Silly. 23 years old. Physically between Ravenna and Bologna, mentally in different place somewhere in space and time. She graduated at artistic high school P.L.Nervi in Ravenna in 2010 and she earned a 3-year degree at Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna in 2014, painting class. She’s currently studying comic art at Academy of Fine Art of Bologna. She’s a comic artist, an illustrator and a complete nerd. She’s influenced by the aesthetic of Victorian Era and by her great obsession: TV series. Trails of all her interests can also be found in her work: movies, books, comics, music, science fiction, anime, manga, videogames, cosplay.
She’s still waiting for her Hogwarts letter and the sudden appearance of the Tardis.
If you’ve seen the Doctor, contact her at:
http://www.sillylunastorta.blogspot.it | http://www.facebook.com/mewSilly
April 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sorry there wasn’t a blog post yesterday, as you may know the Adventures in Comics exhibition is on Friday and i am currently preparing the show.
Here’s a comic from Jake Lava, which i must admit made me laugh a little too loud in the office.
Jake Lava is a sort-of comic artist from Bristol. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Graphic Arts & Design and now he mostly illustrates comics for his website – thefloorisnowlava.net
April 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
I Like Earl!
This is Edieop; an illustrator, creator of comics and truly awful things. she likes to draw in inks and crayon, occasionally paints and works with collage and mixed media to create macabre and sometimes slightly absurd illustrative narratives and comics.