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The crossing over of street art and comics is nothing new, with street artists trying all sorts of narrative tricks and co-opting comic book characters, and comic book artists like Jim Mahfood and Damion Scott proving that the influence runs in both directions. The street artists Jim Rockwell, Vision and Probs of the End Of The Line crew have recently completed two murals, one in tribute to Jean “Moebius” Giraud, and another publicizing the East London Comics And Arts Festival. They’ve done a decent job of copping the styles of Giraud and McBess (designer of the original ELCAF 2012 poster), and it’s fun to see Major Grubert on a London street corner.
Also, if you werere out and about in London around the time of the recent jubilee festivities, you may well have spotted some less than traditional-looking old-style U.K.; they’re part of the BT ArtBox project, in which assorted artists and designers had a little fun with a British icon in the name of fund-raising for the charity ChildLine. Among their number was comics’ very own Rian Hughes, whose entry Londontotem can be found at Soho Square Gardens. If you’d like to own it, you can go to the charity’s auction page at eBay and bid on it. It would look rather good in your back garden.