Edinburgh Printmaker’s Studio

Caught the viewing of the Prints of Darkness album cover art exhibition in the Edinburgh Printmaker’s Studio after work and got to meet local comics creator Malcy Duff in person for the first time (I’ve reviewed several of Malcy’s comics over the years but never actually met him in person); I had no problem recognising which art in the gallery came from Malcy, unsurprisingly. The exhibition runs until the 4th of September in the Studio’s gallery in Union Street, nice and handy from the city centre .

Malcy Duff 01

(Malcy Duff with some of his art on the wal behind him – I’m used to reading Malcy’s comics work, was quite odd to see it on a gallery wall. Gee, now it must be officially Art!! Pic from my Flickr)

William Blake

The British Library is holding an exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of of my favourite poets and artists, William Blake, including how his work has influenced modern creators, including Philip Pullman who has donated part of his manuscript for the Amber Spyglass. One of the items in the exhibition is a notebook of Blake’s, filled with fragments of poetry, observations and sketches of his art (a couple of which could pass as pencil outlines for covers for Mike Carey’s Lucifer comics). For those of us not able to visit the exhibition the British Library has also digitised the notebook and added it to their Turning the Pages site (where they have the original Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland I blogged about months ago), where you can use your mouse to ‘turn’ over each page and have a look.

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Auguries of Innocence, William Blake