The Shrewsbury Comic Art Trail organised by the Comics Salopia Festival and Shrewsbury Town Council in partnership with Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury BID, and The Big Town Plan has been awarded £14,500 of lottery funding from the Arts Council of England.
The funding will go towards the commissioning and production of nine giant sized pieces of comic art that will be unveiled on the 24th July, created by some of the most renowned comic artists in the world.
These include Shrewsbury born artist, Charlie Adlard, known for his as the artist and co creator on the world famous The Walking Dead comics and exclusive DC Comics artist, Mike Perkins, who has recently moved back to Shrewsbury from America.
Other amazing artists contributing include Manga artist, Sonia Leong, and legendary Beano and Toxic artist, Lew Stringer.
The sites include historical and cultural landmarks such as The Dingle, Theatre Severn, and Shrewsbury Town Library, where inspiring talks and workshops will be hosted by some of the comic artists.
The nine panels will combine to tell a story, which was written by Judge Dredd creator, John Wagner, who is also a local Shropshire resident.
“The idea behind the trail is for locals and visitors alike to not only enjoy the incredible artwork on display, but also learn more about the history of the town” said Festival Director, Shane Chebsey.
“We are also encouraging people to engage with the art and the public spaces where it is on display, by taking selfies in front of the billboards to create their own comic strips on social media and we will be running a competition for the best stories created online.”