An exhibition in the Art & Music Department, "Comic Revolutions: Underground Comix, Graphic Novels & Manga," will showcase three important phases in the history of comic books. The exhibition, which runs from August 1 through October 30, also will feature the work of distinguished local practitioners. The tri-state area is home to many prominent comic/graphic novel writers and artists, from pioneers of the underground comix movement, such as Justin Green, to a current manga star, David Mack.
· Justin Green is credited by fellow underground comix creators R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman with pioneering the autobiographical comic book. He is credited by all readers with being a brilliant writer and artist.
· Carol Tyler is an award-winning cartoon artist and storyteller with an international reputation. She has taught classes on drawing comics to school-age children, college students and adults for more than 20 years.
· Bruce Chrislip is a comic book artist/writer/editor/publisher/historian. His cartoons and comics have been published by Aardvark/Vanaheim, Eclipse, Fantagraphics, Kitchen Sink Press, the Arizona Republic, the San Francisco Chronicle and the National Enquirer, among others. Chrislip has also been the cartoonist for more than 400 minicomix.
· Craig Boldman has been a professional cartoonist since 1978. In 1985, Boldman wrote the adventures of Superman for DC Comics and has since written a variety of other well-known characters, including "Big Boy," "Bazooka Joe," and strips based on two Disney TV shows: "Disney's Doug," and "Disney's Recess." He currently writes the Jughead comic book for Archie Comics Publications, and has been writing the Archie newspaper strip since 1992.
· David Mack is the creator, author and artist of Kabuki, which is published by Image Comics, and the writer and cover artist for Marvel Comics' Daredevil, one of the ten best-selling comics in the United States. Kabuki has won Mack international acclaim for its innovative storytelling, painting techniques and page design. The series is available in seven languages and there are over one million copies of Kabuki comics, paperbacks and hardcovers in print in the United States alone.
The Library's Teen Services and Films & Recordings Departments will join the Art & Music Department in hosting these artists and writers in a series of events:
August 6 (Saturday)
"Anime Film Festival & CosPlay"
1:00 - 3:00, Atrium Auditorium, Reading Garden
CosPlay events and judging
3:00 - 5:00, Tower Room
Anime Film Festival
September 17 (Saturday)
11:00 - 12:30, Atrium Auditorium
"The Rise of Underground Comix and the Graphic Novel"
Panel discussion with Bruce Chrislip, Justin Green and Carol Tyler
2:00 - 3:30, Atrium Auditorium
"The Business of Comic Book Writing and Illustration"
Panel discussion with Bruce Chrislip, Craig Boldman, David Mack, and Mark Craddock of Comic Book World
October 15 (Saturday)
11:00 - 12:30
"Comic Book Basics: Getting Started with Writing and Drawing Comics"
Workshop with Carol Tyler
November 12 (Saturday)
11:00 - 12:00
Workshop follow-up session (exhibition and discussion) with Carol Tyler