If you happen to be near DeKalb, IL next week, you may enjoy this newPaul Karasik-curated comics art exhibition called Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics which runs from Tuesday, March 20, through Friday, May 25, in the Altgeld Galleries at Northern Illinois Unversity.
The show features seven artists: Joyce Farmer, Jaime Hernandez, Jason Lutes, Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash, Seth, and James Sturm, which is a strong, diverse lineup.
A show of Goya’s Los Caprichos is also up, so it is double your pleasure and edification.
Several events with Karasik are planned around the exhibit:
• Wednesday, March 21. Karasik will present “Adaptation,” an examination of the process of creating the graphic adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, at 7:15 p.m. in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall.
• Three events will be held Thursday, March 22, beginning with a brown bag lecture, “The Ride Together,” from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building. Karasik will share insights into the collaborative process of writing a book with his sister, Judy, about autism in the family.
• From 4:30 to 6 p.m. that afternoon, a reception will be held for Karasik.
• Following that, he will present a lecture titled “How to Read a Comic” in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall. He will examine the basic language of the comics through deconstruction of a few classic comics, such as “Nancy.” The reception and lectures are free and open to the public.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.