Outbreaks Of Violets – Random Acts Of Kindness was a portfolio of prints that told a story by Alan Moore and a stunning set of comic book artists. It was commissioned for the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1995 and was handed out to VIP guests. Lesser guests got a version made out of postcards instead. You can see them here in an old Lying In The Gutters.
Most of whom promptly threw them away.
The story, asking what would happen if people were suddenly nice to each other, was printed up in an A3 size portfolio with 24 prints by by name European and British artists including Mike McMahon, Jamie Hewlett, John Burns and Ed Pinsent.
500 were produced originally, though only 200 were given out – and promptly destroyed or lost. The rest were left in a cupboard at MTV, offices that then burned down.
Every now and then someone sells then on eBay. For a lot of money. Which is ironic as it seems that the creators didn’t get paid what they expected for the work or received comp copies of the final volume.
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