KAPOW - Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
KAPOW - the exhibition
The Art of Making Comics and Films
17 June - 9 September 2023
KAPOW - The Art of Making Comics and Film traces the artistic journey from concept to comic strip and from sketchbook to the silver screen.
The exhibition includes a host of classic and collectible comic books, including the first issues of Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk comics, both created by Stan Lee, the mastermind behind a string of legendary Marvel superheroes.
Kapow also includes works by leading lights of the comic book art world, including Ben Oliver (Judge Dredd, Wolverine), Ian Churchill (X-Men, Deadpool), Jock (2000AD, Batman) and Frank Quietly (All-Star Superman, Judge Dredd).
Iconic characters from British comics feature in the exhibition, with strips including Count Duckula, Danger Mouse, Roy of the Rovers, Bananaman and Desperate Dan.
We have teamed up with Aardman to showcase models, puppets and concept art from the studio's archive, including the original model of Wallace and Gromit's motorcycle and sidecar from A Close Shave, the original Snowmanotron model from Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions, and the Morph resin puppet from the Epic Adventures of Morph.
Kapow also includes concept art created by Bob Cheshire, who has worked on a string of Hollywood blockbusters, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Jurassic World: Dominion.
Kapow aims to challenge perceptions of what we traditionally think 'art' to be and considers whether the likes of Marvel and manga should be embraced in a similar way to Monet and Matisse.
First issues of Spiderman, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men
Original models from Aardman including Wallace and Gromit
Replica movie props
Fun Comic Room
Original artwork by renowned comic book artists
Exhibition Talks and Workshops
MANGA Drawing Workshop with artist Chie Kutsuwanda
Saturday 1 July10.30am – 12 noon
Ages 12+ * see note
This beginner's guide to Manga will enable participants to acquire basic manga drawing skills under the guidance of a professional manga artist. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, participants will develop their skills while learning about Manga as an art form and discovering its distinctive features.
This workshop is aimed at people who are starting to approach the art of manga and no previous drawing experience is required.Basic materials such as paper, pencils, erasers and rulers will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring any additional drawing equipment that they would like to use.
Draw your own 4-panel MANGA page
Saturday 1 July1.30pm – 3.30pm
Ages 12+ *see note
Create your own Manga page under the guidance of a professional Manga artist, Chie Kutsuwanda.
In Japan Yon-koma Manga is one of the very popular formats of Manga and is the basis of story creation. Participants will explore some unique manga techniques and create a Yon-Koma Manga strip.
About the artistKutsuwada Chie was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the printmaking department of the Royal College of Art, London, she is now based in Brighton, working as a professional manga artist. Her work Moonlight (2008, collected in The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 by Constable & Robinson) was shortlisted in the Manga Jiman competition organized by the Japanese Embassy in the UK.
Aardman Model Making WorkshopsTuesday 1 August 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Age 6+ Children must be accompanied by an adult
Join Aardman Animations as they show you how to make your very own character. Choose from Gromit, Shaun or Morph.
Aardman Animations are giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own Aardman character at these fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops. Led by one of their expert model makers, you’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio.
Workshops are an hour long and aimed at children aged 6 and above. Grown-ups do not need to purchase a ticket unless they want to make a character too!