The Harrods "Comic Timing" Exhibition starts tomorrow, running until 31st October 2008 in London's perhaps most famous department store.
Curated by comics journalist Rich Johnston and organised by Harrods Head Of Creative, James Chittenden the exhibition features a large collection of original comic book art boards by British creators, and celebrates the tremendously diverse range of stories and styles of British comics.
Pieces have been loaned by the likes of Rufus Dayglo, a comics art dealer who began his career diving in skips outside publishers who often just threw the original art work away - and now represents many British artists; the DC Thomson Archive and the London Cartoon Museum who treasure such works and many private collectors. As a result, most of the work shown has never been seen by the public in its original form.
Included are two pages from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, worth many many thousand of pounds and dsiplayed under tight security, an early double page Tank Girl spread by Jamie Hewlett, now more famous for Gorillaz, the very first Judge Dredd page by Mike McMahon, early Oor Wullie, Dennis The Menace and Korky The Kat, pages from favourites such as Jackie and Commando, Frank Quitely's All Star Superman, Raymond Briggs' Gentlemen Jim, Posie Simmonds' Tamara Drewe, Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V For Vendetta and much more.
As well as the exhibition, David Lloyd, artist of V For Vendetta, will be on the Harrods stage on the 29th September presenting a look through the beginning of this graphic novel, its long drawn out publication and eventual adaptation by the Wachowski Brothers as the Natalie Portman starring movie. (More details here)
• "Comic Timing" is located in the Lower Ground Floor of Harrods and is directly down the stairs from Door Five, by the Knightsbridge Tube exit.
The Exhibition includes pages from: Watchmen, Judge Dredd, The Bash Street Kids, Dennis The Menace (1950s), Korky The Kat (1930s), Oor Wullie (1940s), Batman: The Killing Joke, V For Vendetta, From Hell, Tamara Drewe, Petra Etcetera, Commando, Finbar Saunders And His Double Entendres, Tank Girl, Tale Of One Bad Rat, Mauretania, Captain Britain, Phonogram, Breakfast After Noon, Slaine, Robusters, Summer Of Love, Four Feet From A Rat, Rhapsody Of Love, All Star Superman, The Filth, Hellblazer, Nellyphant, Face Ache, Jackie, Commando, Gentleman Jim, Look-In, Cherubs, Judge Death, Jack Staff, Books Of Magic, Superfly, Goddess, Wired World, Charley's War.