Lat night I was lucky enough to go along to a crowded preview night at London’s Cartoon Museum for a new exhibition of 2000AD original artwork celebrating 40 years of the Galaxy’s greatest. The small exhibition space was crowded with many of the great and the good rubbing shoulders. I spotted horror author Kim Newman there, and managed to chat briefly with Barry Nugent from Geek Syndicate, Mike Molcher, and the show’s curator Steve Marchant.
Steve and his crew have managed to squeeze 87 examples of gorgeous art in, and he has another 10 pieces waiting to be hung in the upstairs extension gallery. All the greats are represented: Bellardinelli, Gibbons, McMahon, Bolland, Ezquerra, Gibson, O’Neill, Dillon, Ewins and many more. You can drool over some truly gorgeous pages from Dan Dare, Dredd, Anderson, Strontium Dog, Nikolai Dante, Slaine, and Halo Jones. I note that Colin MacNeil’s painted cover for America, “From the collection of John Wagner”, is still there as well.
The cheerful crowd drinking the free wine did make it slightly difficult to really appreciate the beautiful pieces and I shall certainly be going back to pay my £7 entry fee for a closer look before the exhibition closes on the 23rd April. I wrangled an invite to the preview because I donated some pieces from my own collection and six of them are on display including this Carlos page featuring the “Judge Child” Owen Krysler from the Destiny’s Angels story in Prog 281.
If you are in the capital then do get along to the museum and feast your eyes on the wonders, including some of Bolland’s pages from the Judge Dreath Lives story which are worth the price of admission alone. And check out the 2000AD official Twitter and Facebook streams for some sneak preview photos taken on the night.