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Philip Marsden: True Stories



True Stories by Phillip Marsden brings together the artist’s complete cartoon and comic book works from the last five years. Lo-fi, DIY and genre defying, Marsden’s alternative ‘comix’ have been popping up in art galleries and bookshops across the UK since 2004. Following in the great tradition of ‘zine culture and 60s underground comics, the work is largely self-published, and thus usually seen only by a select audience. This exhibition throws open the comic book pages to a wider public, in a traditional gallery setting. Original pen and ink drawings hang alongside digitally enhanced images, finished comic books, and attendant publicity material, to reveal something of the creative process.

True Stories chronicles unusual happenings from the artist’s daily life, typically with a surreal twist. Appearing in various comics, anthologies and zines over the years, but for the most part unpublished, this long-running series is collected here in its entirety for the first time. A specially commissioned book will be published to coincide with the exhibition. More…

Tickets: Free
Where: Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond
When: September 12 to November 28, 2009

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