Vinyl and comic art aim for big draw at Barnaby
AFANTASTIC range of graphic art will be shown as part of this year’s Barnaby Festival.
Macc-Pow is the town’s first mini comic convention showcasing the work of numerous graphic artists, and Phono+Graphic will be a brilliant exhibition of album artwork.
Macc-Pow is being presented by Macclesfield comic artist Marc Jackson, who has created characters for The Beano and has invited some of the biggest names in comic art to exhibit at the Heritage Centre on Saturday, June 25, from 10am until 4pm.
Among the names are Sean Phillips, Paul Grist and Leah Moore, who is editor of Electricomics and daughter of Alan Moore, often described as one of the greatest graphic writers and known for his work in The Watchmen.
There will also be a live Q and A session and special appearance, via Skype, from American cartoonist James Kochalka, known for his series American Elf, and whose work will also be included in the show.
The Phono+Graphic vinyl exhibition will run for 10 days of the Barnaby Festival, from June 17 until June 26, at Amuse Cafe on Chestergate.
Featuring a selection of classic and contemporary record sleeves, the exhibition is on loan to Barnaby after being curated by comic artist Sean Phillips for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Guy Peellaert, Jamie Hewlett and Oliver East, who produced record sleeve artwork for Elbow, are among the exhibitors, and the oldest picture on show is a French, spoken-word album of a Tintin book.
Marc Jackson said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming all the artists. It’s great to see all forms of comic art and illustration celebrated in Macclesfield.
“There will be lots of opportunities for people to get involved too.
“We will be holding a Big Draw at Macc-Pow, to remember the day and everyone is welcome to contribute.
“We’re also looking at having some live shows of cartoons and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to the artists and see their work.”
Karl Wallace, Barnaby Festival director, said: “I think that the work will be hugely popular in Macclesfield, especially with its rich music heritage and home to one of the most iconic music sleeves of our time – Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division.”
Both events are free to attend.
For more information go to barnabyfestival. org.uk.
●» Artwork for David Bowie’s album Diamond Dogs by Guy Peellaert will be among the musicrelated pieces on display at the Phono+Graphic exhibition for the Barnaby Festival