Orbital is very excited to be having Dan Abnett (Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy) signing in store on Friday, March 3 from 5-7pm.
Dan is a prolific writer, his work ranging from Sinister Dexter with 2000AD to the video game Alien: Isolation. With co-writer Andy Lanning he has written the Legion of Superheroes story Legion Lost and the Guardians of the Galaxy featuring the team that inspired the popular feature film.
Dan has recently been writing the DC rebirth titles Aquaman and Titans. On March 3rd he will be signing copies of the newly released Titans Volume 1: The Return of Wally West.
Orbital is very pleased to be hosting an exhibition in association with 2000AD and their ongoing Fortieth Anniversary celebrations. From February 11th the Orbital gallery will be displaying an awesome show entitled “Beyond 2000 AD: The broader cultural impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic“.
This unique exhibition will showcase items and ephemera from the last forty years inspired and influenced by the many characters and scenarios dreamed up by Tharg the Mighty and his legions of droids. The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic has inspired dozens of musicians, movie makers, gamers and sculptors over the last four decades, as well as spawning tons of incredible merchandise and spin offs.
Featuring a wide selection of figures, unseen artwork, a whole bunch of the groovy free gifts given away with the comic over the years, as well as numerous vinyl records, CD’s and even cassettes which have broadened the cultural reach of the comic like no other. And of course we will have oodles of the 2000 plus Progs available for perusal and sale, too!
Orbital Comics and Threnody Press present: a book Launch for Harsh Lung: Collected Stories by Luke Drozd, on Saturday 25th February from 7-9pm.
Harsh Lung brings together 69 short stories written by artist Luke Drozd. Created over a five-year period, the tiny tales are tinted with sadness and humour, touching on universal human concerns such as love, death, betrayal, cake, skeletons, dead foxes, the vastness of space, bestiality, exquisite fonts, Greek mythological man-beasts treading water on zero-hours contracts in the convenience food sector, and much more.
For the launch, Luke has enlisted the help of spoken word & sound-collage duo Reet Maff’l to bring some of these tales to life via improvised, music-backed readings. There will also be a live solo set from multi-instrumentalist Andy Abbott (guitarist in That Fucking Tank, Nope and noisemonger for Reet Maff’l) exploring minimalist ambience and transcendental repetition.
Luke is best-known for his illustration work and gig posters for musical big-hitters such as Michael Rother, They Might Be Giants and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, as well as cult comedians Stewart Lee and Adam Buxton. His comic strips have been released within two self-published books (Dark Days and Threnodies) as well as compendium publications such as Off-Life, Strapazin and O.K. Periodicals.
Listen to Reet Maff’l at reetmaffl.bandcamp.com
Listen to Andy Abbott at soundcloud.com/zadanzig