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Byron Virgo
#21 · Posted: 5 Jun 2004 11:56
"Camden Library in London is having a comics exhibition sometime in the next few weeks, including some Rainbow Orchid material

Oh good! That's my local library!"

As organiser of said exhibition, I feel that I should point out that although the exhibition is in the London Borough of Camden, it is not actually in Camden Town Library.

We are currently located in:
West Hampstead Library
Dennington Park Road

Tel: 020-7974 6610
Fax: 020-7974 6539
Email: westhampsteadlibrary@camden.gov.uk

Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10.00-19.00; Thu 10.00-20.00; Fri 10.00-18.00; Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun 11.00-16.00; Wed closed.

We have a display featuring some of Garen's work on The Rainbow Orchid, including the stages of construction of an individual page, from script, through pencils and inks, to finished colour and letters. We are also selling copies of The Rainbow Orchid in the library, so anyone who hasn't yet managed to get themselves a copy, you know where to come.

As Garen previously said, and all things being well, he should be coming down to make an appearance and give a talk for us, but I'll provide more details as and when.
#22 · Posted: 7 Jun 2004 17:22
That exhibition sounds great - I must get along, as I am within easy reach of W. Hampstead!

I got the “Orchid” at the weekend, and I have to add my sincere compliments to all the rest here - it is truly an amazing achievement, both in terms of art and story.

Now, bearing in mind that this is bound to be a future collector’s item, and undoubtedly the star of the never-to-be-forgotten 2079 exhibition “Julius Chancer at Sea” at Greenwich, is it worth tracking down the BAM! issues? Would we find missing frames, lost sequences, expurgated dialogue or other goodies? I’d like to think that if I salted them away now, my future grandchildren will be financing their education on the proceeds...
#23 · Posted: 8 Jun 2004 00:26
Ha ha :-) Well, it would be nice if things turned out like that!

Most of the BAM! issues that include Rainbow Orchid have sold out, and there's nothing new in them, except for a title each episode. There are a few minor improvements (I think) in the collection of part one. I'm scripting part two now. I do intend to put out some goodies/extras at some point which will be available exclusively to certain people, and this will definitely include Tintinologists!

Thanks for your kind words, jock123!

And thanks, Byron Virgo, for the exhibition details.
#24 · Posted: 30 Jun 2004 15:37
Hi! Is this exhibition still on, and if so, any further info on when the “Meet the Author” talk will be, if it is going ahead??
#25 · Posted: 1 Jul 2004 13:58
I do believe the exhibition is on, and probably on throughout the summer.

The 'talk' is still planned to go ahead but not sure when yet... most likely in August as I am in a play in July and I need some time to finish hectic (current) work and get some ideas together.

Er... any ideas on what would make a good talk?
#26 · Posted: 1 Jul 2004 16:43

Well, either you could go through a “how you create a page from script to sketch to line art to coloured picture” kind-of-a-thing (maybe just a single frame would suffice), or perhaps a run through some of the artists that might have influenced you, and any bearing that they have had in the creation of “Orchid”.

The stuff about the reference material on your site (the photo of the news-men, and the use of Coco Chanel as a proto-model come to mind) is very interesting, so perhaps you could work in something about that?

Or you could just rant about the cold unfeeling corporate mentality of the big publishers, the death of inspiration and innovation which has strangled creativity in main-stream comics, and the high-jacking of the comics-scene by money-grabbing speculators who have manipulated the market to their own ends, closing out true fans who have been priced out of the market, against which massed ranks the independent self-publisher must stand firm in the manner of Beowulf against Grendel and the creatures that walk the forests by night...

But that may play less well with the under tens...
#27 · Posted: 1 Jul 2004 16:55 · Edited by: tybaltstone
Simon, I was leaning towards the first idea for myself, but if you want to do a ten minute support-act on the second subject you mentioned, I think we may have something! It would be terrific if you could jump around a bit with clenched fists - a sort of physical theatre presentation, dressed as Haddock and using lots of Bashi-Bazouks and Thundering Typhoons!! :-)
#28 · Posted: 1 Jul 2004 17:27
I’ll start growing the whiskers now!
Just wait ’til you see the chalk-board and pointer for the singalong finale!
Moderator Emeritus
#29 · Posted: 2 Jul 2004 02:48
I wish I lived in England. :(

Laughing his head off
#30 · Posted: 29 Jul 2004 06:37
Rastapopoulos wrote:"The artwork is very reminisent of Hergé's stlye, even to the extent of direct copying. Biggles looks identical to Skut, The wing commander is exactly the same as Spalding."

Yes! I was just about to start another thread to see if anyone had seen these Biggles books! I have "The Sargasso Triangle" and it was a hand-me-down from my father. It's the only one I've ever seen, but I'd love to read some more.
Very Herg´ inspired in my opinion, but great in their own right.

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