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.

●» 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

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