By Jenni Nuttal
The work of an East Grinstead artist will be winging it\’s way around the world after being made into a stamp.Comic book artist Garen Ewing\’s design is now on sale for 97p as part of a new collection which was given the royal seal of approval.Mr Ewing was commissioned to design the poster for West End musical – Return to the Forbidden Planet – back in 2005\”In June 2009 I got a call from a design company who said they were in talks to make stamps from musical posters,\” said the 41-year-old.They had collected 12 posters from musicals, dating back to 1850, and were going whittle them down to just six.
\”I was told mine would probably be part of a collectors pack and not a stamp you could send,\” Mr Garen said. \”I didn\’t hear back from them, but that happens a lot so I wasn\’t bothered.\”It wasn\’t until February last year, the Milton Crescent artist got a call from Royal Mail.\”They said my design was going to be used as an actual stamp that could be used on a letter. The Queen has seen them and given her approval, so maybe it is quite a big deal.\”Other images on the stamps include Oliver, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Monty Python\’s Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Me and My Girl and Billy Elliot.
The stamps were launched last Thursday by Queen\’s Brain May and Roger Taylor.Mr Ewing, who has published a trilogy of comic books, The Rainbow Orchid, said: \”I suppose having the stamps is nice to have on the CV and to impress people at parties. It is nice but other people are more excited than I am. My wife keeps reminding me to tell people.\”
The stamps, for large letters, are now available from shops and the Post offices(source-.http://www.thisissussex.co.uk)