Baxter and Bailey’s Sequential City

Baxter and Bailey turned their little Hoxton studio into a gallery space this week to a host Sequential City an exhibition, which looks at London through comics.

Bryan Talbot, Grandville
Bryan Talbot, Grandville

London, a place full of real-life superheroes and villains, is itself an inspiration for published comic writers and artists.

It is also, as Baxter and Bailey have noted, almost a character in its own right, rather then just a benign backdrop. 

Animals, by Robert Ball
Animals, by Robert Ball

In the exhibition we see original artwork hung next to the comic itself, which is marked with its corresponding page.

There’s plenty to leaf through – 14 comics in total, and they have been hung on some wall mounted peg-board and a fetching market stall which has been erected in the middle of the room.

There are also filmed interviews with some of the artists who talk about their work and its relationship to London.

Baxter and Bailey collaborated with long-term moving image partner Rob Chan at Bokeh on the movies.

Creative director Matt Baxter says, ‘I found myself involved in the world of comics when I started contributing to The Phoneix.’

Baxter helped design the comic in 2011 and remained involved, drawing the fictional editorial team. 

Older and younger comic fans will have their appetites whetted. Contributors to the exhibition include 2012 Costa biography prize-winner Bryan Talbot, Hannah Berry, Woodrow Phoenix, Rian Hughes, Gary Northfield, Sarah Mcintyre, Garen Ewing, Robert Ball, Simone Lia, Paul Duffield and Kate Brown.

Pie Thief, by Faz Choudhury
Pie Thief, by Faz Choudhury

Sequential City runs from the 16-22nd September, at 6 Hoxton Square, N1 and will feature a children’ comic workshop on Sunday.

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