Opening Night: Orbital Space London's Shaky Kane & Krent Able Gallery

Orbital Space, the combination comic book shop and art gallery turned it up a notch last night with the new Shaky Kane and Krent Able gallery exhibition sitting alongside other artists now on display. With a combination of booze, a violinist, and impossible chiselled/curved young people flocking, Orbital definitely moved its notch from comic book store to genuine West End art gallery in a way I haven't seen a comic book store move before. Here's a video and bunch of hastily snapped photos from the night. Find it on 8 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA.

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The gallery space opened with work from JRoldan, his "Diary Of Erroneous Times"

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Masks are no longer compulsory… so they dropped off pretty sharpish. Everyone I spoke to was double-vaxxed though.

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Plenty of Shaky Kane-ness
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And more Shaky Kane-ness
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With Krent Abel to boot.
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With more to dive into.
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With even more to buy in the handy-dandy, nearby cabinet.
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So Orbital is still most definitely still a comic book shop in every way that counts.
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But now utterly an art gallery in every way that counts as well.
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With places for intimate conversation, and Billy Chainsaw
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Whichever angle you choose to see it from.
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With plenty of space – and glasses – to keep the booze flowing. An essential part of any big media opening of course.
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Though despite rumours of a royal personage amongst us for the evening, you might see why the subject matter may have prevented such a thing.
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Lots of big space to hang on, enjoy artwork and maybe pick up that robert Crumb book that you can't find anywhere else.
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And just in case you weren't sure that this was a comic book shop, Todd McFarlane welcomes you in…
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As seen from the entrance…

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With Mistress of Ceremonies, Jess McSmesh running the busy till…

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So take a gander next time you are in the Orbital Space area. It's not going anywhere…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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