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Nov. 9 , 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

WHAP! Comic artists come to EMU Nov. 10

YPSILANTI“Holy Moley: More Comic Art at EMU” has Buck Rogers, Pogo, Superman, Archie and Blondie captured in an Eastern Michigan University exhibition of the best in comic and cartoon art, which runs through November 30 at EMU’s Ford Gallery.

Accompanying the fictional characters are a few of their real-life creators who will discuss comic art, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m. at the Halle Library Auditorium. Both the exhibition and panel discussion are free to the public.

EMU alumni and panel members Dave Coverly, creator of the syndicated panel Speed Bump, and Jan Irwin, artist and writer of the novel series Vogelein, will discuss their work.

Joining them on the panel will be Al Feldstein, artist, writer and editor for E.C. comics and Mad magazine; Marie Severin, veteran colorist and cartoonist for E.C. and Marvel comics; and Len Wein, comic and television scribe and co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine.

The comic art exhibition encompasses a broad spectrum of styles and themes, more than 100 original artworks for historic and contemporary cartoons, comic strips and comic books.

“This show is one of the best examples of the quality of exhibitions scheduled at Ford Gallery for the academic year. The rare and sometimes priceless examples of original comic art represent some of the best work created during the past century,” said Larry Newhouse, director  of EMU’s Ford Gallery.

In addition, there will be examples of classic comic strips such as Terry and the Pirates, Prince Valiant, Dick Tracy, Tarzan, L’il Abner and Beetle Bailey.

Work by pioneer cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay will occupy a special place in the show. McCoy, best known as the creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland, was largely self-taught. He received his only art education at Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University).

Comic book art will also be showcased as well as cutting-edge alternative and “comix” artists such as Robert Crumb, Jim Woodring and Gary Panter.

On display publicly for the first time is an early pastel drawing of Superman by his co-creator Joe Shuster.

Among the international creators whose works will be on view are Moebius, Takahashi and Jim Holdaway.  There also will be examples of editorial cartoons and other politically relevant work, including work by Pulitzer Prize winners Art Spiegelman and Jim Borgman.

Ford Gallery is open Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Richard Rubenfeld, EMU exhibition curator, at 734.487.1268, email: richard.rubenfeld@emich.edu or Larry Newhouse at 734.487.0465, email: larry.newhouse@emich.edu.

The exhibition’s Web site is www.comicartville.com/holymoley.htm.


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