Huntington Museum of Art displays comic drawings| News

Comic drawings on display at Huntington Museum of Art | News


HUNTINGTON Original comic book art, comic strips and drawings by some of the country’s most noted comic artists will be in the spotlight in “Pow! Comic Drawings from the Permanent Collection” at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Ernie Chan, Neil Adams and Bob Kane are just a few of the artists featured in this exhibit. Items are from the museum’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture.

“Comic culture is decidedly mainstream,” John Farley, HMA senior curator/exhibition designer, said. “It is no longer a niche hobby. Collectors treasure the original artwork from comic books and newspaper strips. Major museums also display it. Comic books were once an American art form. Today, they are a global art form that connects millions of passionate comic book fans through a common language. Comic sales have risen consistently for decades, and consumer demand continues to reach astonishing heights, a trend supercharged by the popularity of graphic novels and digital downloads.”

Farley stated that comic art is more then entertainment.

“Comic art represents a natural evolution of the political cartoons and satirical caricatures which have been printed in European and American newspapers and periodicals since the early 1800s,” he said. “Cleverly designed interplays of text and image allowed for effective communication with a wide audience, regardless of age or literacy, making this format ideal for delivering social critique, propaganda, and entertainment.”

In 1935, the first comic book to feature original cartoon art was published. The Golden Age of Comic Books began with Action Comics no. 1 when an extraterrestrial baby refugee with superhuman potential crashed into the idyllic American Midwest. The boy’s adopted parents named him Clark Kent, but humanity came to know this archetypal superhero by his alter-ego: Superman.

In the middle of the 20th century, there was a rise in mainstream comic creators. However, independent writers, artists and publishers began to produce self-expressive comic art. This comic art reflected on politics and culture from new perspectives. Artists and writers, who were once restricted in their voices within the comic industry, now have a wider audience and more platforms to tell their stories.

The exhibit opens today and will remain open until Oct. 25,

For more information visit hmoa.org. Or call (304) 529 2701.

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