Showcasing Costantinos Pissourios’ art
When: June, 2023
Writer: Adam Reeves, comic creator/publisher
Graphics/Photo: Courtesy of Adam Reeves & Costantinos Pissourios
Copyright: 2023 – Adam Reeves
Newsletter for Trombone Man: Ska’s Fallen Genius – June 2023
There really aren’t too many illustrators specialising solely in Jamaican music culture… So finding someone to illustrate Trombone Man who has the same amount of love for reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub, dancehall and sound system culture as I do was like striking gold. Having responded to my shout-out in the Blood & Fire Facebook group (dedicated to a now defunct legendary reggae re-issue label) the moment I decided to collaborate with Costantinos Pissourios (AKA Versioncos) as my illustrator, a fire got lit underneath this project. I want to share a little of what he’s been up to lately outside of his work on Trombone Man…
Costantinos fell in love with the world of reggae sound systems when he was an art student in London in the 1990s, attending dances by the likes of Jah Shaka and Aba-Shanti. On his return to Cyprus, he built the first reggae sound system in Cyprus and started to host his own dances. He has recently built a new system which he calls Riddim In Green (because he runs it up in the lush green pine forest where he lives). In May he travelled from his remote mountain home to Bristol, UK in order to co-host an exhibition of artists who also share the his passion for reggae soundsystem culture, featuring artists from Spain, Italy, Portugal and the UK.
destruction and havoc upon the Earth… Its an homage to the series of dub LPs that came out in the 1980s on the UK reggae label Greensleeves, which featured the wild innovations of cartoonist Tony McDermot. These LPs had titles like Scientist Rids The World Of The Curse Of The Evil Vampires, Scientist Encounters Pac-Man, Scientist Meets The Space Invaders, Scientist Wins The World Cup (all four of those are referenced here). I had a few of them back then – they served as my introduction to dub reggae.