Thursday, April 14, 2011

GROTESQUE LOVE

Every year Peter from Pulp Fiction Comics organizes INSTANTANEOUS (this year marks number 7) a charity auction of original comic art at the Grace Emily Hotel here in Adelaide.
A fantastic event, and so far these auctions have raised over $20,000!
Feeling at a loss for what to do, but not feeling like drawing up Uncle Silas characters (and time consuming foliage in particular!) I scribbled some ideas and eventually came up with this one: Grotesque Love.
Grotesques are carvings in stone of characters and monsters that don't have any other function apart from cosmetic. You'll see them on old churches, gothic buildings etc. They're distinct from Gargoyles in that Gargoyles have a function: to act as drainpipes ejecting rain water run off.
Obviously, 'Gargoyle Love' didn't have the double entendre as the title I chose, which is boosted by having the torch burning crowds in the streets shooting arrows and wielding hay forks. They see this romance as being a bit unseemly and works as a nice twist to the 50s and 60s romance comics by Jack Kirby et al.
The artwork for sale at the May 17th Auction is the black and white linework. Opening night of the exhibition is May 3rd 6pm- should be a fantastic night, and the auctions are great fun.
Come along!

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