| John Patrick Reynolds Screenprints|
I've read comics all my life, since the 1960s, when I practically learned to read with them. The Rover was my first love. The paper it was printed on was uncoated newsprint - I loved the way it felt in my hands. It was also well designed - I loved the way it looked, and the pictures.
Now I'm a screenprinter. I discovered about 15 years ago that comics were a perfect fit for screenprinting. The medium is good at producing flat vivid colour and bold outline - just right for the stylised nature of comics.
Soon after that, I was lucky enough to be the first screenprinter to gain permission from Britain's top comic publisher, DC Thomson, to use its fabulous archive of images. So I have the privilege to produce screenprints of such icons as Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, The Bash Street Kids, Desperate Dan and Beryl the Peril. I also have permission, from Editions Albert René, to use their archive of Asterix The Gaul images.
All the images started life in comics. I present the panels or details of panels to be appreciated in their own right, independently of the stories they spring from.
The paper I've used is cotton, mould-made paper milled in Somerset - I use a soft paper which soaks up the ink. It also reminds me a bit of the old newsprint that British comics used to be printed on. John Patrick Reynolds
Olive Realises She Fancies Popeye (Limited Edition Print) (Signed)
Popeye Makes His First Pass At Olive Oyl (Limited Edition Print) (Signed)