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Curator Robert Cook


  9 April – 25 July 2016 | FREE






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Beyond the super hero to the super personal

An international multi-media exploration of the inner life of the comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.


Comic Tragics looks at the relationships between words and picture, self and society. Chance and observations about life come to light through the merging of image and words in this moving exploration of new forms of comic and graphic art.

This free exhibition, developed by Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cook, features more than 150 examples of the most moving and compelling comic work being made in the world today from some of the medium’s most exciting practitioners:

Gabrielle Bell (US), Stephen Collins (UK), Aisha Franz (Ger), Anders Nilsen (US), Tommi Parrish (AUS), John Porcellino (US), Ron Regé Jr (US), Dash Shaw (US) & Emma Talbot (UK).

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Emma Talbot Holes and Stains and Marks 2013   Anders Nilsen Don’t go where I can follow [page 79] 2006

Comic Tragics contains a range of personal stories told through comic and graphic art. They are unguarded explorations of hope, heartbreak, passion and anxiety. Each artist's practice deals with the struggle of what it means to be human. Their artworks step beyond the superhero into the super personal, and sometimes the hyperreal, as the artists push the medium of printed comics in new and challenging directions.

Works are presented in various stages of completion from rough sketch to fully inked, through sketchbooks, finished comic pages, paintings and video, allowing an intimate understanding of their artistic processes.

Stephen Collins The Gigantic Beard that was Evil 2014

Emma Talbot
Holes and Stains and Marks 2013
acrylic on canvas
195 x 155 cm
© Emma Talbot
Courtesy Domo Baal and Petra Rinck

Anders Nilsen
Don’t go where I can’t follow [page 79] 2006
ink on paper
30.5 x 40.9 cm
Collection the artist
© Anders Nilsen

Stephen Collins
The Gigantic Beard that was Evil 2014
pencil on paper (20 drawings comprising 23 sheets)
42 x 60 cm
Collection the artist
© Stephen Collins



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