Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blink book "Wonka Wonka Kochalka," a Gallery Show

To celebrate the completion of Max Ink's newest Blink book "Wonka Wonka Kochalka," a Gallery Show of the comic is on display at Wild Goose Creative throughout March and April. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is the first chapter in the graphic novel, BLINK: SO IT GOES and the exhibit features all 33 pages (over 40 feet!) of the original comic book art.

There will be two events during the course of this exhibition:

**Gallery Night Reception**Thursday, March 15th 7p-9p This is going to be a relaxed evening of comics and conversation with complimentary food and drinks provided by CK Catering as well as free BLINK mini comics.

***BLINK: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" Book Release Party! ***Friday, March 30th 7p-11p This is it! Max Ink's "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" book will finally be released to the world (8 years in the making!) and it's gonna be a PARTY with lots of food, drinks (provided again by CK Catering) and live music! Featuring JASON QUICKSALL, ELIJAH AARON, The SATURDAY GIANT, The PSYCHOTIC BLONDES (Bree Frick & Molly Winters of The SALTY CARAMELS) and the evening's festivities will be MC'd by IAN HUMMEL. There will be a CHARITY RAFFLE (to benefit the Wild Goose, which is non-profit) with plenty of comics & prizes awarded throughout the night.

Max Ink's BLINK comic book series is set in the neighborhoods of Columbus and features "slice-of-life" stories about three charming characters, Hank, Sam and Blink. Since its inception in 2003, BLINK has showcased numerous Columbus landmarks and hang outs such as Goodale Park, Stauf's Coffee House and the Park of Roses. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is no different: the 32-page story is set the Wild Goose Creative and the Rumba Cafe.

Ink's work has received much praise over the years, with many reviewers commenting on the beautiful art and real-life dialog. But the characters themselves are the focus in BLINK; to the point where they seem "less like characters and (more like) people you could easily know.” The style and tone of Ink's stories is "smooth and natural, and just happens. It's real life right on the printed page." One reviewer even likened reading BLINK to "a refreshing adult beverage — relaxing, comfortable, and yet eye-opening in noticing the world from a new perspective."

The exhibit features all the pages from the "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" chapter in sequence, so viewers can actually read the comic in its entirety on the gallery wall! Each piece of sequential art measures 14" X 17" and is drawn in pen and ink. The printed book will be available for sale on March 30th as well as copies of "Behind the Sketchbook: The Making of Wonka Wonka Kochalka."

Facebook Event page-- http://on.fb.me/wildwwk
(614) Magazine article about Max and the Blink Exhibit-- http://614columbus.com/article/outside-the-lines-4639/


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