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ARTISTS’ QUARTER Comic book crazy


SCREENPRINTING is the art form that ex- newspaper reporter John Patrick Reynolds has developed to produce both prints and greetings cards on handmade cotton paper. And his vibrant subject matter – comic book characters such as Asterix and Dennis The Menace – has taken the silk screen prints to exhibitions at both the British Library and Grand Designs as well as trade shows including Top Drawer and Harrogate Home & Gift.


London-based John said: "I used to be a newspaper reporter and learned about composition and so on from the photographers I spent my time with. “I got into screenprinting because I love the ink and all that colour – it's also a very physical way of making pictures and I like that. “My fi nal job in journalism was as a


production editor for a daily newspaper, I was dealing with printers every day so this isn't


such a contrast in some ways.” John has licences with Britain’s top comic publisher DC Thomson for characters from The Beano, The Dandy, Victor and Commando, Oor Wullie and The Broons and has recently secured a deal with Les Editions Albert-René for Asterix, and added American classics Popeye and Olive Oyl.


He added: "Comics such as the Asterix


books are perfect for screenprinting. They suit vivid colour and inky blacks, exactly the strengths of the medium.


"I select the panels for content of the speech bubbles and for balance and composition. The speech bubble itself is often an important element and this means they make very good greetings cards – they are colourful, have a message, and feature instantly recognisable characters." T: 07980 844906 www.thecomicartwebsite.com


If you are an artist/cartoonist/illustrator/verse writer or image library and would like to be part of this feature contact Ian on 01442 289940 for more details.


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