CULT! The GHOSTS gang had a blast…

Published On April 29, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Conventions and events, News

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GHOSTS is a new comics art collective that we’ve featured a couple of times over the last couple of weeks here on the FPI Blog, talking about their debut exhibition at Orbital London here and their first publication, the looking very good Matinee by Owen Michael Johnson, MD Penman and Andrew Tunney, as previewed here.

GHOSTS is Nich Angell (7String), P M Buchan (BLACKOUT), Owen Michael Johnson (Raygun Roads), James Lawrence (Dangerine), Jon Lock (Afterlife Inc.), Mark Penman (Peabody and D’Gorath) and Andrew Tunney (GIRL & BOY). Copies of every comic are currently available in Orbital Comics, London, as well as exclusive prints and artwork from the exhibition, and CULT official program.

The GHOSTS launch event, complete with signing, live-painting, and punk set by Vince Paradise & The Kittelbach Pirates, has come and gone, but like all good nights out, there’s photographic proof of what went on, as well as video evidence and a few choice quotes to show us just what a fabulous night was had by all!

This from Owen Michael Johnson:

“Due to the success of Saturday’s party and performance, CULT exhibition has now been extended for a further week! Many thanks to Orbital Comics – we couldn’t be more thrilled!
Our goal from the beginning was to do something different. To produce and celebrate original work, to bring back the spirit of the underground, and to have a criminal amount of fun doing it. I think we achieved exactly that.
A huge thank you to everyone who was present on Saturday, who took photographs, who worked on making the show spectacular, who drank with us and celebrated in style. We had the time of our lives and are forever grateful!”

The GHOSTS collective L to R: Jon Lock, Nich Angell, James Lawrence, PM Buchan, Owen Michael Johnson, Andrew Tunney, Mark Penman.

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A few quotes from those attending…

Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier) –

“An animatedly anarchic evening of interactive comics-based celebrations. Endearingly disturbing!”

Liz de Jager (Banished: The Blackhart Legacy book one) –

“The CULT exhibit fulfilled the hype and promise of its enthusiastic team of creators. The art was darkly evocative and thoughtful, leaving a sense of disquiet behind. Overall, a very strong showing for a brilliant bunch of up and comers.”

David Hine (Bulletproof Coffin, The Man Who Laughs, Stormdogs) –

“[The Vince Paradise & The Kittelbach Pirates performance was] Iggy Pop meets The Damned. Great night at Orbital. Congratulations to the entire CULT collective!”

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And finally, as if all that were not enough… a sizzle reel from the show, as shot by Robin Harman.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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