Just checking in to let you all know that I'm finishing up a long article for a well-known print publication, but I'll be posting back here soon with a new piece that I hope you will enjoy. Meanwhile, let me share with you the contents of an email I just received from my old friend, Professor Richard Rubenfeld. Rich is a professor of art history at Eastern Michigan University and a longtime comic fan and historian. He has hosted several outstanding exhibitions of comic art at EMU in the past decade and I am very pleased to hear about his latest presentation:
The Michigan Comics Show opens this Thursday, August 12th. The opening reception will take place between 6:00 and 8:30. There will be live music and food. There is an admission fee for members and non-members.
An update on some dates and events:
First the show will run an additional day (till October 31st) to accommodate visitors to the Detroit Fanfare being held that weekend. I don't have the particulars, but attendees of that convention will be able to see the exhibition at a reduced cost. Information on this will be in the convention program.
September 19th, 2:00 p.m. I will give a gallery talk at the museum.
September 24th: Student Symposium; will include a panel of professionals. So far, Mike Thompson and Aaron Warner have indicated interest in participating on the panel.
October 3: Fall Harvest: free admission that day and book signing of THE BURGH, a collection of comics about Jackson, Michigan, by Jackson natives, Joe and Jon Hart. Trust me. Their work is really edgy and very contemporary.
October 14th, evening : Local Comics Panel, moderated by Jon Hart.
October 16th, 2:00 p.m. I am lecturing about comic and cartoon in history at the Jackson District Library.
October 22: Book signing of STITCHES, a new graphic novel by Michigander David Small. This will take place at the Jackson District Library. We had hoped to get David to participate in the exhibition, but are looking forward to seeing his book.
There is some new work in the show by Dave Coverly and Katie Cook. Work by the Brothers Hart and Jackson artist, Jason Howard (best known for his work on Marvel's Astounding Wolfman) has also been added.
Visit the Ella Sharp Museum website for additional information.