by Amber Ratliff, Published March 24, 2014
YPSILANTI- From Superman and Spiderman to Archie and Veronica, the "KAPOW! Comics Return to EMU" exhibit has something for every comic buff. The Eastern Michigan University Art Department is presenting KAPOW, the fifth exhibition of its kind seen at Eastern since 2001.
The exhibit, on display in University Gallery in the EMU Student Center, is comprised of over 200 original historic and contemporary cartoon and comic art works. It was curated by EMU art history professor Richard Rubenfeld, who also put together the earlier shows.
The exhibit features original art for comic strips, comic books, cartoon panels, and graphic novels from a wide array of artists, including MOUSE GUARD creator and Eastern alumnus, David Petersen; legendary comic book artist, editor and educator Joe Kubert; BONE and RASL creator Jeff Smith, and graphic novelist Sara Ryan.
"Attitudes have changed," said Rubenfeld. "At one time, comics and cartoons were perceived as easy reads that provided their audience with fleeting moments of pleasure and escape from ordinary daily life. Yet, far from being insubstantial and non-consequential, at their best, comics and cartoons present their readers with indelible lessons about life and the world around them."
EMU has been an important place of training for those pursuing careers in comics.
One of the great pioneers and innovators of comic strips, Winsor McCay, received his only art education here at EMU. Dave Coverly, EMU alumnus and creator of the nationally syndicated SPEED BUMP cartoon, will also be featured at the exhibit. KAPOW! features work by nine artists who earned degrees at EMU.
The exhibit opened Monday, March 10, and will run through April 16. The exhibit is open in the University Gallery Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The EMU Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood St.,Ypsilanti, 48197.
For more information please visit http://art.emich.edu/exhibitions/current.