john patrick reynolds
I’ve read comics all my life, since the 1960s, when I practically learned to read with them. The Rover was my first love – an adventure comic which was all-text. Every week it held stirring stories about everything from cyclists in the Tour de France to soldiers in The Second World War. The paper it was printed on was uncoated newsprint – I loved the way it felt in my hands. It was also well designed – I loved the way it looked, and loved the pictures.
Now I’m a screenprinter. I discovered about 15 years ago that comics were a perfect fit for screenprinting. The medium is good at producing flat vivid colour and bold outline – just right for the stylised nature of comics.
Soon after that, I was lucky enough to be the first screenprinter to gain permission from Britain’s top comic publisher, DC Thomson, to use its fabulous archive of images in my screenprints. So I am the first to produce screenprints of such icons as Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and my old favourite from The Rover (and then The Victor), Alf Tupper, The Tough Of The Track – and I’m proud of that.
I have now added Asterix and his mates Obelix, Getafix, Dogmatix and the rest of the Gaulish heros to my pantheon, thanks to the an agreement with French publisher Editions Albert Rene – again, the first of its kind.
All the images – or versions of them – have started life in comics. I present the panels or details of panels to be appreciated in their own right, independently of the stories they spring from and were created for.
The paper I’ve used is cotton, mould-made paper milled in Somerset – I use a soft paper which soaks up the ink. It also reminds me a bit of the old newsprint that British comics used to be printed on.
John Patrick Reynolds’s handmade silkscreen prints of classic comic around the world including The Beano, The Dandy,The Victor, Commando, Asterix and Popeye have featured on BBC, the Observer and the Daily Express, among others.
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