Portland's Floating World Comics to host art tribute to <i>The Incal</i>

Although not as well-known in the United States as Jack Kirby or Stan Lee, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius are vaunted names for knowledgeable comics fans, no matter which side of the Atlantic you live on. And now Portland, Oregon's Floating World Comics is hosting an exhibit in February paying homage to the duo's groundbreaking sci-fi graphic novel The Incal.

Titled "As Above So Below," this gallery-style exhibition will feature homages to The Incal by more than 20 illustrators and fine artists as collected by blogger Ian MacEwan. Participating artists include Killian Eng (who did the poster at right), Ari Bach, A.T. Pratt, Brett Cook, Chase Van Weerdhuizen, Dave Taylor, Duncan Gist, Gil Agudin, John Thomason, Kara Frame, Luis Bañuelos, Orion, Matt Horak, Nic Williams, Nickolej Villiger, Nicolas Delort, Ricardo García Hernanz, Ruth Knight, Sloane Leong, Spencer Hawkes and Wren McDonald.

This exhibit began its life when MacEwan put out a call on his tumblr Quenched Consciousness for artists to redraw a single panel from The Incal.

"This proved to be an enlightening exercise for the artists who participated," Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics, said. "I contacted Ian and proposed that we present an art exhibit of the beautiful submissions. We will produce digital prints from the 20 artists that participate and also publish a small catalog of the show which will be available for purchase. A few of the original drawings will also be on display and for sale."

The opening will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the artwork remaining on display throughout the rest of the month.

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