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Frank Quitely at Kelvingrove

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Hubby and I went to the Frank Quitely exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery today. Quitely is a Glaswegian comic book artist who has worked with many writers and collaborators and has done work on Batman, Superman, X-Men, Jupiters Legacy and so on. Obviously I am a comic book fan but I don't tend to read Superhero comics, so while I had heard of Quitely I wasn't a huge fan. But a comic book exhibition is definitely something I'd go to and I wasn't disappointed - it is one of the best things Kelvingrove has ever shown. It takes about 90 minutes to go round and look/read everything properly. It includes pencils doodlings, penicil layouts, pen and ink layouts of all the great comics Quitely has worked on. There are a few videos to watch featuring people like Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and the great Chip Kidd. You were allowed to take photos so I filled my phone of some the best works - usually ones that feature Quitely's stunning use of perspective and foreshortening. Christopher Reeve's actual Superman cape is exhibited too. And I added a few comic book titles to my wishlist.

 

In addition to Quitely's archives, there is the odd exhibit from other artists such as Daniel Clowes, Chip Kidd - even Bob Kane. It is well worth a visit, even if you don't especially like comic books because the art will just blow you away and there is something really special about seeing those pencil marks become something great.

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My friend went to this with her husband and kids; they are all into this, the youngest one especially. She said it was fabulous. Not my area, but it came highly recommended by, in her own words, a "fangirl".

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To be honest, I think everyone would enjoy it, comic book fan or not. The art itself is stunning and there really is quite something to see the original sketches.

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