A welcome addition to the increasing comic and cartoon event calendar is MACC-POW! a celebration of graphic art for Barnaby Festival.
Macclesfield comic artist Marc Jackson, whose work appears in The Beano, has invited some of the big names in comic art to be part of Macc Pow, Macclesfield’s first mini, yet mighty comic convention, this June.
Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre will host Macc Pow bringing together great and diverse artists and writers including Sean Phillips, Leah Moore, Paul Grist, Lew Stringer, Oliver East, Emma Chinnery as well as, illustrators Dick Vincent and Laura Crow.
There will also be a live Q&A session and special appearance, via Skype, from American cartoonist James Kochalka, known for his series ‘American Elf‘.
Running alongside Macc Pow is the exhibition ‘Phono+Graphic’ which explores comic artists who have created artwork for vinyl. Curated by internationally renowned comic artist Sean Phillips, for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in 2015, the exhibition is generously on loan to Macc for the Barnaby Festival. It is a selection of classic and contemporary record sleeves with art work by the likes of Oliver East, Robert Crumb, Jamie Hewlett and Brian Bolland on display. (Here’s a BBC feature on the exhibition from 2015)
Marc Jackson said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming all the artists. It’s great to see all forms of comic art and illustration celebrated in Macclesfield. There will be lots of opportunities for people to get involved too. We will be holding a Big Draw at Macc Pow, to remember the day and everyone is welcome to contribute. We’re also looking at having some live shows of cartoons and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to the artists and see their work.”
Macc Pow is FREE to attend at Macclesfield Heritage Centre on Saturday June 25 from 10am until 4pm.