A Visit of the Archive

Comics by Tom Gauld

On Tuesday, 25 October we (the graphic narrative course) visited the Archives and Special Collections Centre at the London College of Communication (also known as the Stanly Kubrick Archive). The archive covers one of the biggest collections of the filmmaker and spans from photos, to film material, to magazines. There can be materials found such as books, postproduction documents (shooting schedules, continuity Polaroids, props, poster designs tapes and so on) and also press documents.

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However, the collection at LCC is not limited to Kubrick’s work but expenses over more material such as music, movies, comics and even a chocolate bar! We focused on comics and the collection holds a selection of rare comics (mainstream and alternative) such as Spiderman and Superman but also comics from artists such as Tom Gauld.
A small collection of three of his comics cached my attention, the minimal use of colour, or rather the absence of any colour was what pulled me to look at them. He is using just black ink pens to create simple line drawings, switching from the grid to non-grid structures.
Tom Gauld was and is a London illustrator and cartoonists, who works for the Guardian newspaper and New Scientist magazines, for which he created weekly comics. He also is the author of several comic books such as ‘Robots, Monsters etc.’ (2006), ‘Goliath’ (2012) and his latest comic book ‘Mooncop’ from 2016. His illustrations have a hand drawn style, he makes use of methods as hand lettering and gives them some kind of three-dimensional depth through hatching. His cartoons are simple and-and through the hands-down look they seem to appeal to a larger range of audience. He does use colour, however, he uses not a wide range, a comic of him is offered limited by a small collection of colour shades.
I think what interested me the most about the work of Tom Gauld was this minimalist look he created by just using black lines and cross-hatching

Overall do I think that the visit of the Archive was greater than i initially thought and even if I did not like most of the other comics that were displayed did I found the work of Gauld, which inspired me. This definitely shows that the collections hold something for everyone and are worth a visit or more.

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