I am return’d from cavorting about the streets of the nation’s capital – much fun was had, old friends were met, new ones were made, and many baozi buns were eaten. It was top.
First of all, you can now buy the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption book online from the charity’s shop here while stocks last. The book’s 96 pages long and has a beautiful (as you can see) wraparound cover from Laura Oldfield Ford.
Here’s the Lazarides gallery in Soho on the night of the Private View. Phono-chums Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are somewhere in that crowd:
Inside, the two-floor gallery has been deliberately made into a scraped-out concrete shell. It’s a pretty unique venue – Here are some prints from the Iraq book on the wall:
Downstairs, my original art pages for The Ayatollah’s Son are on the wall with prints of Dan Goldman‘s strip in the book to the right:
Facing my work on the opposite wall was original mixed-media artwork from, erm, some bloke called Dave McKean. Mental. (I hadn’t gotten around to mentioning he was in the book too yet, had I..?)
A few days later, it was off to the imposing facade of the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall:
Good lord, there are comics everywhere.
While a whole bunch of us were loafing about in the bar, (Uncle) Pat (Mills) dropped into the conversation that his artist pal Kevin O’Neill had seen the strip and said he liked the art..! Will wonders never cease..?
And to round off the evening, I got to see Blood Orange, which involved yer man Dev Hynes here of Lightspeed Champion and The Test Icicles fame take command of every single inch of a stage with nothing more than a laptop, a guitar and a few monitors… Comics and music – what more do you need..?