Press Release: June 10, 2013
Book Signing with comic creator Brandon Graham
ABC Amsterdam - Saturday, June 15th at 15.00
Book signing with multiple Eisner nominee and "one-man-comic-creating-machine" Brandon Graham in cooperation with Gallery 33
About Brandon Graham
Brandon Graham was born in December of 1976, the grandson of pin-up artist Bill Randall. He grew up in Seattle around a lot of graffiti and comics. Deciding at a young age that his time was better spent drawing comics rather then going to school he managed to get his first comic published at the age of 19. Heís been honing his craft ever since.
He lives in Vancouver BC, with his partner Marian Churchland (author of Image comic Beast), where he spends his days creating comics. He divides his time between his own series Multiple Warheads and writing and occasionally drawing for the Image series Prophet.
Graham spearheads a new generation of comic creators who exist parallel to the big, superhero focussed North American comic book industry. His style is hard to pinpoint but is clearly influenced by European and Japanese comics first and alternative North American comics second. This shows in his sublime worldbuilding, dense storytelling and clear, deliberate lines as well as his surprising use of colour.
He has been nominated for five Eisner awards in 2013 for his work on Prophet, his book King City, his Multiple Warheads series and finally for the covers heís produced for those last two as well as for the critically acclaimed Elephantmen series.
His blog reads as a map of his interests and acts as a portal into a world filled with cool comics you never knew existed.
A handbook to the visual and verbal universe of Brandon Graham, of King City, Prophet and Multiple Warheads fame. Graham has developed a punning, humorous and sexy universe of machines, logos, women, and bumbling men, all cast in an alternate Sci-Fi universe. Walrus, Graham's first art book, collects drawings and sketchbook comics spanning 2009-2012, and allows readers a glimpse into his creative process and obsessions. Here we get a glimpse of everything: from the puttering pace of domestic life to high energy drawing riffs to homages of cult comic book characters. Walrus will be the definitive guide to the Graham-verse.
Hereís what Brandon himself says about the book:
ďI like the idea that a reader would get a version of the artist through the work thatís them at their most unguarded and comfortable - alone at their desk doing what they love to do. Ideally, them at their most them.Ē
ďThereís a lot of drawings in here that me and my misses, Marian did of each other. She says my self portraits donít look like me - but thatís what my soul looks like baaaby.Ē
About a commissioned piece printed in the book:
ďIn coloring it I was really hoping the guy who I was tasked to draw was the kind of dude who would wear a pink blazer. The world is divided into people who wear pink blazers and those who donít. Iím not the former type, but for the sake of my color scheme - Iím glad he was.Ē
Gallery 33 presents Tusk, Brandon Graham's illustrations and his Walrus art book in Amsterdam from June 12th till July 5th. Tusk will be an "open-studio" style exhibition and celebrates the world premiere of his new PictureBox book: Walrus.
Brandon Graham: Walrus: Brandon Graham's All Bum Album
by Brandon Graham
Picturebox, Inc., US Edition
ISBN 9780985159597, Ä 19.99
Brandon Graham (born 1976) was widely acclaimed for his book King City, with Publishers Weekly calling Graham "one of the most inventive action cartoonists working." Walrus, his first art book, serves as a handbook to his visual and verbal world, a punning, humorous and sexy metropolis comprised of machines, logos, women and bumbling men, all cast in an alternate sci-fi universe.
by Brandon Graham and Brandon Graham
Image Comics, US Edition
ISBN 9781607065104, Ä 19.99
The collection of the complete King City series is here, chock-full of comic book games, puzzles, and wordplay! Joe is a catmaster, trained to use his cat as any tool or weapon. His best friend, Pete, falls in love with an alien he's forced to sell into green slavery, while his ex, Anna, watches her Xombie War veteran boyfriend turn into the drug he's addicted to. King City, an underbelly of a tow... read more
Prophet Volume 2: Brothers Tp
by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy
Image Comics, US Edition
ISBN 9781607067498, Ä 14.99
The distant future war continues, Old man Prophet is awake now and searching across the universe for old allies that have survived the centuries since the last war.
Collects PROPHET #27-32
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