Artist's delight at Kelvingrove comics exhibition cameo in The Broons
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Artist's delight at Kelvingrove comics exhibition cameo in The Broons

14/09/2017

One of the world’s top comic book artists, Frank Quitely, credits cartoonist Dudley D Watkins, creator of Oor Wullie and The Broons as his inspiration. Despite numerous accolades as one of the industry’s heroes, the artist was thrilled to discover The Broons are set to visit his exhibition. This weekend’s strip in the Sunday Post will see the loveable twins reveal a rare show of shrewdness while visiting Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow. 
  
Born in 1968 in Glasgow, Frank Quitely still lives and works in the city. This year he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his achievements. The Sunday Post presented him with a framed copy of The Broons strip featuring his exhibition, in his exhibition, in his home city.  

Frank Quitely said: “I’m beyond delighted. I’ve been a fan of the Broons for as long as I can remember, so to have them visit the exhibition is just unbelievable. I’m honoured.”

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, added: “Frank has an incredible talent and, like the many thousands of people who have seen the show, we are delighted to host this magnificent exhibition at Kelvingrove. The museum welcomes over 1 million people every year, and this year we are thrilled to count one of Scotland’s most famous families, The Broons, among them. If you’ve still to see the show come quick, it’s only here for another few weeks.”

Open until 1st October Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics explores his work on titles such as DC’s Superman, Batman and Marvel Comics X-Men.  His book collaborations with Scottish writers Alan Grant, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison have sold millions.  But like many of the superheroes he draws, he has a secret identity – his real name is Vincent Deighan.  More than 40,000 visitors have flocked to Kelvingrove Museum to see his intricate work up close, enjoying the largest collection of his work ever displayed.  

The exhibition focuses on Glaswegian and Scottish comic book industry heroes Frank Quitely, Mark Millar (of KickAss fame) and Grant Morrison (DC’s Batman and All Star Superman), revealing the amazing influence and contribution Scotland has had on the global industry of comics.  

Bolstered by unique art work from titans of the genre, including Frank Miller and Neal Adams, the exhibition showcases an original Batman comic strip by the superhero’s creators Bob Kane with Bill Finger, alongside the comic strip that started it all, featuring one of Scotland’s most legendary families, The Broons.  The world’s first comic, The Glasgow Looking Glass, is on show and makes an appearance in this Sunday’s comic strip. 

Frank Quitely and comic icon Mark Millar have just launched Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2, the latest volume of the epic superhero saga, which details the series’ climax of the war raging between the super-villains and heroes. To coincide with the exhibition comics’ publisher Millarworld produced an exclusive Kelvingrove cover edition, which can only be purchased from the museum and was produced in a limited run of just 300 copies. 

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics at Kelvingrove Museum until 1st October 2017.  Tickets cost £7 per adult/ £5 per concession, children under 16 £3, with under 3s free.  A family ticket is £15.  For more information visit www.glasgowmuseums.com

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