Alan O.W. Barnes is a musician and sequential artist from Damascus, Virginia who currently lives in Hong Kong with his wife Kim and their daughter Keira. His diverse background in both visual and audio storytelling gives him a unique perspective on media creation which has led to a wide array of projects and clients.
As a sequential artist Alan has worked for a wide range of media including print, web, and film production. Alan has also worked as a freelance writer and graphic designer since 1999. Notable projects include Big in Japan which received positive press at MTV.com. Current Projects are “Wonder Cat” with long-time collaborator, BC Thompson and Big in Japan, Book 2: Power by Timothy Price.
A professional musician since 1992, Alan has worked with artists in a diverse range of styles, serving as a bassist, mandolinist, mandocellist, arranger, composer, audio engineer, and musical director.
Notable original music projects include Revisionist History (containing two long form works for modern chamber ensembles) and Gestures (a collection of short jazz tunes), as well The Wesley Project which puts text from Charles Wesley in a new “progressive folk” setting. The Wesley Project received positive press at jazzmando.com.
Currently Alan is working on 2 recording projects:
1) “Super-Songs”, a collection of super-hero television and movie songs performed in a folk context.
2) An un-named collection of Hymns performed in a progressive Irish format.
Alan is focusing on work that has a “hand-made” element. So, hand-drawn comics, and folk music are where his interests lay.
During that time he taught a wide array of music, audio, animation, and video courses.
Alan holds a BM and an MM from Belmont University in music composing and arranging, and an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.