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Artist Panels for 107-109 Charing Cross Road

Foyles CXR 2012
Foyles as it is today

Foyles CXR 2014
... and as our artist's impression envisages it in 2014

Foyles CXR 1906
Foyles in 1906

Prior to our moving our flagship store to our new home at 107 Charing Cross Road in June 2014, we worked with the amazing brains at Comica Festival to commission 14 comic artists to tell the colourful history of Foyles in 28 panels, which decorate the hoardings around the new site. You can see them all here, with biographies of each of our artists.

 

John Miers panel

Foyles is founded in the Foyle family kitchen in 1903

John Miers makes comics, teaches comics, and is working on a PhD about comics at Central St Martins college of Art and Design. You could say he quite likes comics. Recent publications include Solipsistic Pop and Studies in Comics.

Steven Appleby panel

Foyles moves to its first premises on Cecil Court, where they are so busy the police suspect illegal activity

Mr Steven Appleby lives a deluded life in London. He spends his time watching and listening to the people about him, then puts their secrets into his cartoons. His latest book is Steven Appleby's Guide to Life, a collection of his Loomus cartoons for the Guardian.

JAke panel

Foyles moves to 135 Charing Cross Road and expands to include new departments, among them music

JAKe has drawn comic art for The Prodigy and The Mighty Boosh, as well as working as an illustrator for a wide range of clients. His books include the acclaimed debut graphic novel, (with Robert Sellers), How To Speak Wookiee and The Mammoth Book Of Street Art.

Karrie Fransman panel

Christina Foyle joins the business, founding the famous Foyles Literary Luncheons and travelling as far as Russia to collect debts

Karrie Fransman has created comics for The Guardian, The Times, The New Statesman, The Telegraph and Psychologies Magazine and published a graphic novel The House That Groaned.

Krent Able panel

Charing Cross Road is bombed heavily during war time, and William dubs the bridge crossing the crater Foyle Bridge

Krent Able (his name roughly translates as ‘He Who Draws The Night, At Night’), has been making comics since 2009, primarily for the UK’s infamous music magazine, The Stool Pigeon. His Big Book of Mischief compiles all of his appallingly hilarious, rock-star abusing comics and illustrations for the first time

Bryan Talbot panel

Foyles began a series of book clubs, including the Catholic Book Club, to which the Pope belonged under a pseudonym. When he failed to pay his debts, William sued and became the only person to sue the Pope

Bryan Talbot has worked on underground comics, science fiction and superhero stories such as Judge Dredd and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Vertigo titles include Hellblazer, Sandman and Fables and has written and drawn several Eisner Award-winning graphic novels. In 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate in Arts. He is currently drawing Grandville Bete Noir, the third volume in his series of steampunk detective thrillers.

Hunt Emerson panel

After the court lifted the ban on Lady Chatterley's Lover, Foyles sold out of 3,000 copies in a single day

Hunt Emerson has drawn comics since the early 1970s and has published around 30 comic books, mostly with Knockabout Comics. He was included as one of ‘75 Masters of European Comics’ by the French comics institute, the CNBDI. Currently his work appears regularly in The Beano, Fortean Times, and Fiesta, and his latest book is his comics version of Dante's Inferno.

Woodrow Phoenix panel

The Literary Luncheons grew in scope and grandeur over the decades, with everyone from George Bernard Shaw to John Lennon to Haile Selassie to Margaret Thatcher as speakers.

Woodrow Phoenix [tbc].

Oliver East panel

The old Foyles payment system is the stuff of legend, sending customers from one window to another to another before they could finally leave with their book.

Oliver East is a creator of comic books about landscape and travel, published by Blank Slate Books. These include Trains Are...Mint and Berlin And That.

Warren Pleece panel

Theft from Foyles was also rampant, with everyone from students to actors to spies ferreting books out the doors.

Warren Pleece started drawing comics with his writer brother, Gary in the late 80s and 90s and then went on to working as an artist on numerous titles for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. His latest books include The Great Unwashed and Montague Terrace, published by Jonathan Cape in February 2013.

Hannah Berry panel

Christina Foyle's eccentricities were many, and her hiring and firing practices did not always garner the best reactions.

Hannah Berry is a Brighton-based graphic novelist, sporadic illustrator, occasional teacher and Booktrust’s seventh online writer in residence. She so far has two graphic novels to her name, Britten and Brulightly and Adamtine.

John Miers panel

In 1999 Christina passed away, and her nephews Bill and Christopher renovated the shop from top to bottom, bringing it into the modern era

John Miers makes comics, teaches comics, and is working on a PhD about comics at Central St Martins college of Art and Design. You could say he quite likes comics. Recent publications include Solipsistic Pop and Studies in Comics.

Rob Davis panel

The bookshop today is home to over 200,000 titles over four floors, with sections covering everything from art to zoology, plus a jazz cafe, events space and gallery.

Rob Davis is an artist and writer who is best known for adapting and illustrating Don Quixote for SelfMadeHero and his work on Nelson for Blankslate books which he co-edited with Woodrow Phoenix.

Donya Todd panel

The bookshop today is home to over 200,000 titles over four floors, with sections covering everything from art to zoology, plus a jazz cafe, events space and gallery.

Donya Todd is an illustrator, painter and comic-artist who lives on a remote farm in Cornwall, England. She takes her inspiration from the magical, marvellous and macabre.

Rian Hughes panel

In 2014 Foyles will move premises to this site, 107-109 Charing Cross Road, and the long history of the bookshop will enter a new era

Rian Hughes is a graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, author and typographer. Recent books include Cult-ure: Ideas can be Dangerous and Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s, and his comic strips have been collected in Yesterdays Tomorrows.

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