Posted by: Khepera | Thursday, 12 June 2008

Conscious Comics: Looking For A Face Like Mine


For all the folks who didn’t know, perhaps wondered, or need to know, there is work being done in these areas, consciousness raising, and, hopefully, some of us who have been clamoring for some of this will finally step up and financially support those making sacrifices to do that work. Admittedly, this is info on an exhibition from last year, but the work continues. The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) was just held the middle of May, last month, and their blog has info on these issues, as well as next year’s convention. William H. Foster, III has a book out with the same title, as well as a website dealing with these issues. I’m looking forward to a west coast exhibition, someday. Post if you’ve got info.

Looking For A Face Like Mine

May 12 – Sept. 10, 2007

Looking for a Face Like Mine (showing May 12 to Sept. 10), examines the roles of African Americans in comics and cartoons, as both creators and characters. The exhibit is curated by Professor William H. Foster III, a comics creator, scholar and historian who has devoted much of the past fifteen years to tracing and teaching the history of African Americans as depicted in sequential art media.

“Blacks were deliberately left out of comics and American society for many years,” Foster noted. “On those rare occasions when we were included, we were misrepresented as savages, cannibals, simpletons, and worse. My research documents this important history both fair and foul, for all time, while there are still traces of it left.”

The exhibit includes comic strip artwork by 1950’s artist Alvin Hollingsworth (“Scorchy Smith”), contemporary cartoonist Keith Knight (“The K Chronicles”), and strip legend Morrie Turner (“Wee Pals”), as well as comic book art by Denys Cowan (“Black Panther”), Zina Saunders (“Static”), and underground cartoonist Larry Fuller (“New Funny Book”), among many others, along with panel cartoons and animation art.

Opening reception Saturday, May 12th at 8pm. (7pm for MoCCA Members) 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (between Houston and Prince Streets), Manhattan.

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