Student by Day - Resident Artist at Kapow by Night


When you walk into Kapow Ltd. Comics, Cards and Games, you’re usually greeted by friendly and helpful staff, your spidey senses are probably tingling because of the plethora of choices for comics, games and collectibles.


Since January you may have noticed a new presence at Kapow Comics Ltd. Painting and drawing at the front of the shop.


Let me introduce you to Amir Moshin. Amir is a third year in New Media program at the University of Lethbridge and Kapow’s resident artist. 


Amir having moved to Canada from New Delhi, India when he was in eighth grade started his love for art at a very young age. When Amir was a child his parents would find not only Amir’s notebooks all scribbled and drawn on but also they caught him doodling on his siblings books too.


“Art has consistently been a part of my life,” explains Amir.


 “When I hit high school is when I really started to take it more seriously.”


Comic books, games and movies have played a large role in Amir’s desire to continue in the art world. Moving to Canada stoked the fire for Amir’s love of all things sci-fi.


“Comic books tell stories with both visuals and writing and I wanted to be able to communicate through them,” says Amir.


Amir’s love of the challenge of trying something new is something that he says is “on-going”. Having worked in all media’s there are out there when it comes to creating art, the digital realm is where he wishes to delve deeper.


“The comic book industry is definitely leaning heavily towards the digital world,” says Amir.


However, in order to keep up with the practice of art, traditional painting allows for Amir to not lose touch in the tactual world.


Having worked on a few concepts for comic books he explains that the artist residency at Kapow couldn’t have come at a better time in his life.


“I was working at home on my comic books anyways, Kapow allowed for me to change scenery,” says Amir.


Working in Kapow as a resident artist has allowed for more people and peers to able to see his creations.


What is Amir working on right now? He is developing a hand painted comic book that is part of an anthology series.  Each issue will be it’s own stand alone story, which will be a character exploration piece based off one characters point of view and experiences at D-Day – the day of the Normandy landings. This comic book should be done in the next couple of months and will be distributed at Kapow.


Of course you can also catch Amir drawing and painting some of your favourite comic book characters, movie hero’s, sitcom villains and storybook heroines at Kapow Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. until the end of June.


Be sure to check out his comic book covers and artwork posted in the front foyer of Kapow, and if you’re looking for something really special Amir is able to do commission work.






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Friday, March 20, 2015