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Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics set to be major draw for visitors to Kelvingrove

By Ian Marland at

The latest exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum promises to take visitors to another world.

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics opens April 1 and runs to October 1.

The exhibition explores the work of one of the world’s top comic book artists.

The Glasgow-born artist has worked on titles such as DC’s Superman, Batman and Marvel Comics X-Men.

Superheroes: (left to right) Wonder Woman (Stephanie Hanlon), Superman (Scott McAllister), Frank Quitely, Batman (Dave Wharton) and Robin (Jamie Wharton)

His book collaborations with Scottish writers Alan Grant, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison have sold millions.

But like many of the superheroes he draws, he has a secret identity – his real name is Vincent Deighan.

It will be the largest collection of his work ever displayed.

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics will focus on Glaswegian and Scottish comic book industry heroes Frank Quitely, Mark Millar (of KickAss fame) and Grant Morrison (DC’s Batman and All Star Superman)>

The show reveals the amazing influence and contribution Scotland has had on the global industry of comics.

Born in 1968 in Glasgow, Vin Deighan still lives and works in the city.

Exhibition: Frank is joined by Superman and Batman in Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

This year he will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his achievements.

Frank said: “When I was growing up I thought everything exciting that was happening was happening somewhere else, usually America.

“That was never the case, but it’s even less so now.

“In this digital age it’s never been easier to collaborate with others, and to find an audience for what you do.

“What I had always done as a hobby, I started doing as a low paid job and I just built on it from there.

“I hope young people leave this exhibition with a renewed belief in the possibility that you can make a career out of what you love doing most, but more importantly, whether you make it a career or not, I hope they get the idea that if there’s something you love doing you should do it and enjoy it and strive to become better at it, because it really enriches your life.”

Watch: Frank Quitely – The Art of Comics runs from April to October.

Curator Producer with Glasgow Museums, Martin Craig, said: “We are delighted to work with Vin Deighan to bring this magnificent exhibition to Kelvingrove.

“Frank Quitely’s work is beautiful, it’s meticulous and it has helped cement the amazing impact Scotland has had on the comic book world.

“Once you see the work in person it is easy to see why Vin is considered to be one of the top comic book artists working in the world today.”

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics opens at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow on Saturday April 1. Tickets cost £7 per adult/ £5 per concession, children under 16 £3, with under 3s free. A family ticket is £15.

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