Beyond Dredd & Watchmen – the Art of John Higgins exhibition in Liverpool

Published On February 16, 2017 | By James Bacon | Comics, Conventions and events, News

I recently encountered the vibrant John Higgins, and he made mention of a forthcoming exhibition at the Victoria Gallery Museum in Liverpool and a forthcoming book, both of which were exciting fans at the 2000AD 40th anniversary festival last weekend.

Billed as ‘The first major retrospective of the work of Liverpool-born artist John Higgins, who found global success as a comic book artist and writer for 2000AD, DC and Marvel, is to be exhibited at the University’s Victoria Gallery & Museum. Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: the Art of John Higgins’ will provide a glimpse into the extraordinary imagination of John Higgins – an output which crosses the boundaries between comics, graphic novels, cinema, television, advertising and music.

The exhibition will feature Higgins’ original art displayed alongside examples of the work of the artists and science fiction classics that inspired him.

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(John Higgins at the Hi-Ex comic con in Inverness, pic from Joe’s Flickr)

John Higgins said on the Website: “I want the exhibition to show young artists and writers that anything is possible, that you can have a career in comics and SF illustration, and that aliens, zombies and fantastic worlds can be made real, you just need imagination. To have an exhibition in my home town at the University’s Victoria Gallery & Museum is an honour beyond my wildest imaginings and if you want to see how far my wildest imaginings can go, come to the exhibition.

Coinciding with this is the release a little earlier on the 1st of March of ‘Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: the Art of John Higgins’ with an introduction by Dave Gibbons, edited by current Judge Dredd scribe, Michael Carroll and published by the Liverpoool University Press. At 272 pages and 200 colour illustrations, this sounds like a lovely work that will allow those that appreciate it to enjoy the best of Higgins’ work. As well as the choice works there will be ‘never before seen preliminary drawings of now iconic characters, the book includes insights into the career of the comic book artist.’

Higgins verve for the medium is apparent both in his desire for the exhibit to inspire, and also in the way that the book hopes to share an understanding of the comic book artists job and process.

Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins Victoria Gallery runs from 10th March 2017 – October 2017 Victoria Gallery and Museum, Ashton Street, Liverpool L69 3DR, England

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James Bacon

James Bacon is a train Driver working in London but originally from Dublin. He also loves comics, theatre, history and books, runs conventions, writes about these activities and has edited a Hugo-winning Fanzine.

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