Comics inspire winning poster

Morris News Service
Ian Gibson shows off his poster, selected to represent this year's Savannah Music Festival.

SAVANNAH - Comic books and fine music are disparate art forms, but together they earned artist Ian Gibson a first-place award and $1,000.


Mr. Gibson, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, won the 2007 Savannah Music Festival poster contest. He beat out a handful of classmates for the honor.

Mr. Gibson, 22, grew up in Belize City, Belize.

At 8, Mr. Gibson discovered comic books and soon after began writing and illustrating his own. One, about a Mexican jumping bean that spread chaos wherever he went largely because he couldn't stop moving, Mr. Gibson reproduced by photocopying and sold copies at school for $1.25 each.

"Just completely random, absurd stuff," he said.

Mr. Gibson's penchant for the absurd stems from his favorite artist, surrealist Salvador Dali.

"He was so imaginative and creative and used his dreams for inspiration, which is what I sometimes do myself," Mr. Gibson said.

His idea for the poster didn't come to him in a dream, however, but from his long drives out to Tybee Island. Even so, it contains elements of the absurd: A pianist, nestled in tall marsh grass, playing for a lone alligator.

Designing for a prestigious event such as the Savannah Music Festival should bring in more work, but he'll have to publicize his achievement.

"It's just my personality. I don't like to boast or brag about myself, but that's something I'll have to overcome or else I'm going to be stuck without a job," he said.