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Moniaive Comic Festival's New Model Army

Following the success of last year’s Manga inspired photoshoot, Ralph (the hairdresser from Basement 20 salon) and I were invited back to Moniaive Comic Festival. This time we were part of the actual programme of events rather than an unexpected extra.

To tie in with the 40th anniversary of the launch of the groundbreaking and influential comic 2000AD, Ralph came up with the idea of creating a set of characters that wouldn’t look out of place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, suitable for the magazine. Catherine Campbell, Ruby Drake and Abby Gray were styled by Ralph, with makeup by Poppy McMillan, and then photographed by me.




Once again, the public could come in, watch the proceedings and have a go at sketching the models, with artists Doug Braithwaite and Dave Kendall leading the way.

Catherine by Doug Braithwaite

My good friend Allan Wright once again videoed the proceedings and gave me the files to put together a wee behind-the-scenes video of the event. Local band Black Mango were kind enough to let me use their track "Holding Up The Sun" as a soundtrack for it:

Comic book writing legend, Alan Grant (Judge Dredd, Batman, Lobo and many, many others) then penned a short, 6-panel comic strip based on the characters and set them in Dumfries, a century into the future, while Alan’s grandson, Elliot Gray, was tasked with illustrating his script.

Panel 3 from the comic strip

With photos, sketches, a script and comic strip it was felt there was enough for a small exhibition, and once again The Stove were kind enough to offer up space.

We had the exhibition launch on Tuesday past, and on Tuesday coming Alan Grant will be at The Stove at 7pm to talk about life as a comic book writer ( for more details). Do come along if you can!

The exhibition is on until September 29th

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