Bargoed Miracle: Online Graphic Novel

‘Nobody expected Jesus to rock up in Bargoed. He arrived one friday night dressed in a Wales shirt’
A man carrying a halo walks into Bargoed. An observant beggar sits on the highstreet. Mrs Hargreeves is stressing out trying to get her seven kids home from the shop. Cato is chopping garlic in his shed with an eye on the armageddon clock.
Tomorrow, the world’s media will come to town to find out what went down.

‘The Bargoed Miracle’, a graphic novel I was hired to illustrate over the winter by Literature Wales, who instigated the project alongside Caerphilly Arts Development.

Link to online version posted by South Wales Literature here:

http://southwalesliterature.co.uk/projects/the-bargoed-miracle/

And the following images are edits of some of my favourite pages

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It was a brilliant experience to get to work on visualising such a unique (and bizarre) story and to work with the writing group at the Innovative Project in Rhymney, and witness the energy of writer/perfomer Mike Church.

The Bargoed Miracle written by: Mike Church, Mcauley wheeton, Alisha Michael, Angharad Price, dylan Reynolds, Jake James, Keiron Connick, Callum Thomas, John Goddard, Myomi Clear, India Davies, Corey Emmot, and Libbie Jones.


Happy New Year / Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 2017 )last doodle of 2016)

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Regurgitate (sketchbook drawing) by Osian Grifford


Riot Zine and Performance

Tiny Zine I made which was distributed at our riot performance at Jimmy Cauty’s ADP Container’s visit to Cardiff’s School of Art and Design (CSAD).

The charcoal city was drawn live as I sat in different parts of Cardiff. The context of a riot performance that referenced Welsh riots of the past (the Rebecca Riots) made me want to reference potential riots of the future. London-based writers are predicting that it will be as a reaction to the housing crisis.

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Riot Performance 22nd May 2016 at Cardiff Met University

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Riot Performance, 22nd May 2016 at Cardiff Met University. Here is Myself (osian Grifford) with Ian Cook Tapia and Lloyd Huston grinding our own banana barricades into the concrete using bricks.

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Boomtown 2016 (live drawing)

Live sketch of Boomtown 2016 from Mayfair hilltop. Best boomtown show yet.
After some light probing from security I even managed to get my Guarana in – Rock and Roll contribution complete.

 

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Degree show exhib 2015

My degree show exhibition photos from June 2015 (photos just found on Mair’s camera). My work at the time dealt with uncomfortable subject matters with (separately) comedy, music and painting.

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Dalis Cayo Evans, Osian Grifford, Mair Morel, and Norman Raistrick at end-of degree show, (Illustration section CSAD 2015)

 


‘The Bargoed Miracle’

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Earlier this week was the book launch for ‘The Bargoed Miracle’, a graphic novel I was hired to illustrate by Literature Wales, who instigated the project alongside Caerphilly Arts Development. Written by a group from ‘The Innovative Project’, an Educated Other Than School provision project in Rhymney, the opening line of the story is:

‘Nobody expected Jesus to rock up in Bargoed. He arrived one friday night dressed in a Wales shirt’

and the story continuous through a peculiar depiction of the valleys town and it’s characters. I would say the theme of the short tale is sensationalism through hearsay, told by looking at charming but atmospherically odd people within the setting familiar to semi-rural welsh residents.

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I had a lot of fun illustrating this book. It was done through workshops hosted by an energetic and inspiring Mike church, (writer/performer). Through engaging with the group in the workshops over the period of about 5 weeks, I was able to picture a visual representation of the story that would hopefully cement itself into the reader’s mind.  I took this unique opportunity to work very hard at creating a comic strip that was unique, but also clear. One that was creatively conveying an event and setting, whilst grounded in a modernly traditional storytelling technique. The story and characters were a gift to work with. after some visual character designs I was able to confidently move through the story using different mediums (paint, ink, charcoal, fine liners) to keep the visuals surreal and entertaining.

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Literature Wales will soon be uploading an online version of the graphic novel, so I’ll post a link to that when they do. Until then, here are some photographs of the original artwork and then the printed final project.

 


Online Meat Man

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“‘A nut who couldn’t get a newspaper to publish any of his letters to it can reach thousands or even millions of people over the internet at virtually zero cost’.

What this means is that damaging speech can be much more dangerous than at any point in history. This is undeniable. Yet, the possibility of publishing responses swiftly and with just as large a readership to some degree counters this. Speech can be met with counter speech and far fewer possible contributors  to any debates are excluded. Also, a wider range of views can be expressed than would be possible in mainstream conventional media.”

– Nigel Warburton (2009.p84) ‘FREE SPEECH : A Very Short Introduction’