|Oliver East: Photo: Yorick de Munnik|
Comic creator Oliver East will be at the Beach Hut Gallery at Kents Bank Station, Cumbria on Saturday 8th November 2014 from 11.30am onwards to talk about his railway-inspired drawings that formed hisLakes International Comic Art Festival-supported exhibition “The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn” which was part of this year’s events.
Oliver first started making comics as part of art school projects – many of which he gave away to friends. Finally deciding he was interested in drawing he started the Trains are.. Mint series. He self-published three issues of the much-praised project before teaming up with British publisher Blank Slate to produce a collected edition and its two sequels Proper Go Well High and, more recently, Berlin and That which form a ‘walking’ trilogy. His earlier self-published books like the House of Fire trilogy from 2005 are now pretty hard to find but not as rare as his hand made book of Trains are… Mint 4, which is stated to be his next release on the Blank Slate label.
The artwork on display is from the work produced during his Festival supported walk of Cumbria from Arnside to Carlisle that has resulted in seven Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn comics, on sale directly from Oliver’s official web site.
Oliver was also commissioned to produce ten large murals in The Factory building in Kendal for the Festival itself, all taken from his project “The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn”. Each mural represented for each day of his walk.
• For more information visit www.thebeachhutgallery.co.uk or telephone 015395 35959. The Beach Hut Gallery is open Friday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00am – 5.00pm, Autumn/Winter sometimes open Thursday.
• To buy copies of The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn visit: www.olivereast.com
• Read our interview with Oliver East about the Cumbrian Yarn project here
• You can watch Oliver working on The Factory murals in this film by Ben Barden: http://vimeo.com/m/96946454