I've been helping organise an exhibition at Orbital Comics for Becky Cloonan over the past month. Most of the details are on the flyer above.
The exhibition lasts from 20th August to 20th September. Around 20 original pieces of work will be on show as well as some limited screenprints, postcard sets and a hand-painted guitar (only on display the first weekend of the show).
Becky herself will be here in London on the 20th and will be available to chat to and sign books/art at the private view. There will also, as with all private views, be some free drink.
The shop can't stay open very late so I imagine the best time to get there will be between 8pm and 10pm.
If you've not had the pleasure of coming across Becky's work before, go to her website immediately and start picking up Demo from your local comic store.
I first met Becky last year at TCAF when we were placed on the same table to share over the weekend. I was a little intimidated to be sharing a table with a professional - especially one whose work I admired - but Becky was friendly and generous throughout. I fondly remember being nervous before speaking on a panel and getting some encouraging advice from Becky (it involved reciting gangster rap in my head beforehand).
You will not meet anyone with more passion and ethusiasm for the comic book medium than Becky. If ever I feel discouraged or disheartened with comics, I just have to think "What would Becky Cloonan do?" (the answer being: DRAW MORE COMICS!!).
(Flyer illustration by Becky Cloonan. Design by me)