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Written by Eoin Lambkin   
Saturday, 24 December 2005 00:00

ImageWilliam Simpson, the internationally renowned artist, animator and comic character creator, is exhibiting a wide range of his work at Belfast’s Odyssey with the official launch at an Artists evening early in January 2006

The choice of location – the award-winning W5 where science and art combine to make learning fun – is entirely appropriate for an artist whose current animation projects include cartoon films featuring the adventures of 2 young brothers and their encounters with new technologies aboard the Rogue Rocket.

According to William the worlds of technology, innovation and comic fantasy are closer than you ever dared imagine.  ‘These clever guys who set out to save the planet with their new inventions are’, he says, ‘surely showing all the signs of good reading’ – by which he means a youthful diet of Superman, Captain Marvel and other classics from the unhinged imaginations of comic artists.  ‘We all need scientists who can envisage impossible dreams – and have the inspiration to make them come true.  Artists have this naturally disruptive attitude – sideways thinking - that science so badly needs’.

William’s Rogue Rocket production ‘Trouble Times Two’ is being designed for projection in Planetariums across the world – unless, he says, the plural of Planetarium is Planetaria.

He has recently joined forces with Dr Tom Mason, Director of the Armagh Planetarium - Northern Ireland’s great contribution to the world of young star gazers.  Dr Tom explains, “It all started here back in 1968 where Ireland’s world famous Planetarium opened.  Armagh Planetarium is leading the way with a new type of full-dome projection equipment to show space and educational animated films on our domed ceiling.  Launching ‘Trouble times Two’ in Armagh, and the distribution deal via the world-wide network of Planetariums, will be just the start of a new genre of seriously hilarious science education productions.  And in the background the book, the TV series and the comic are all fuelling the growth of Rogue Rocket.

Back here on Earth, the W5 exhibition will feature, both retrospective comic art, as well a collection of personal paintings and drawings.  For a sneak preview take a look at his website .

Notes for editors:

Groupe Intellex – business development specialists for disruptive technologies – are handling all distribution, production, product placement, publication and promotional enquiries for Rogue Rocket.


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