Curated by Susan Kirtley and Karen E. Roehr
University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell is proud to present an exhibition of works from exciting contemporary graphic novelists working in a variety of genres. From lauded stalwarts to up-and-coming artists, A Picture’s Worth demonstrates the diversity and range of graphic narratives, a medium know for innovative pairings of text and image to convey stories. The exhibition features works from Lynda Barry, the Eisner-winning visionary who created the cult favorite comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, as well as the graphic novel One Hundred Demons and the creative workbooks What It Is and Picture This. Works from James Sturm, also an Eisner winner and co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies demonstrate his highly literate and literary style. Innovative artist and City Lights for Children Award winner Gareth Hinds illustrates the challenges of adapting classic literature into graphic narratives with his renditions of Beowulf and The Odyssey, while emerging artist Liz Prince depicts the adolescent experience in excruciating detail in Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed, winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut in 2005. Matt Phelan brings his whimsical aesthetic to a younger audience, including his Scott O’Dell winning book for Historical Fiction, The Storm in the Barn, and Veronica Fish vividly re-invents gothic horror with humor and wit in her highly anticipated series Pirates of Mars and her soon-to-be-released Frankenstein. Altogether this talented group will illustrate in grand fashion precisely what a picture is worth.
Susan Kirtley is Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University in Portland, OR, and a former member of the University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty. She is author the forthcoming (March 2012) biography, Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass.
Karen E. Roehr is Associate Professor of Art with the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching courses in graphic design and typography. She is also director of the UMLtimate Studio at UMass Lowell and creator of the comic strip Gymratz© published by International Gymnast Magazine.
Costumes, Adventures, Readings, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy® Highlight Kid’s Day At Wizard World Austin Comic Con on Sunday, November 13
Popular Nickelodeon® Character, Kids Adventure Passport Quest, Kids Costume Contest, ‘My Favorite Giant’ Reading Just a Few of the All-Day Activities at Wizard World Digital Booth
NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, October 31, 2011 – It’s an all-day kid’s extravaganza as Wizard World Austin Comic Con presents “Kid’s Day” on Sunday, November 13, at the Austin Convention Center. Kid-friendly activities include meeting (and taking pictures with) characters like the lovable “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!® from the Nickelodeon® series, Austin’s own superhero Jarret “The Defuser” Crippen and others, plus free face painting, balloon art, the impossibly cute Kids Costume Contest and special readings of “My Favorite Giant” by author Peter Mayhew, well-known for having portrayed “Chewbacca” in STAR WARS, and the new Border-Pups book “CrashBat” by comic book creator William “Brimstone” Kucmierowski.
Kids can stop by the Wizard World Digital Booth and pick up a free Wizard World Kids Adventure Passport, to complete activities all over Austin Comic Con and get a prize at the end of their journey. Parents can look for the “Kid-Friendly” button on activities, vendors, booths and sessions throughout the convention floor.
Tweens and teens ages 11-17 can learn how to “Draw a Comic Character” at a one-of-a kind workshop with graphic novel artists and writing team Andy & Veronica Fish.
Crippen, winner of Stan Lee?s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” competition series on SyFy, will be hosting Kid?s Day and helping youngsters get in on all of the fun.
For more information, parents and kids can visit www.wizardworldkids.com. The site will be updated closer to the event date as more information becomes available about specific workshops and programs.
Austin Comic Con is the ninth and final stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour. Hours are Friday, November 11, 4 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.
Austin Comic Con brings together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Some of the top celebrity guests at Austin Comic Con include Hayden Panettiere, Adam Baldwin, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Charisma Carpenter and four of the five original kids from the classic movie WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3, 2012 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12, 2012 – Chicago Comic Con
Fall 2012 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con
Andy & Veronica Fish appear at the Fitchburg Art Museum on Sunday October 23 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Fitchburg Art Museum
25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Craig Rousseau and Veronica & Andy Fish sign on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!
Friendly Neighborhood Comics!
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA