|NEWS from the LIBRARY of CONGRESS|
Sept. 12, 2019
New Exhibition "Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages" Explores Visual Styles of Comics from Early Newspapers to Famous Characters
Yearlong Exhibition Features 45 Original Drawings, Comic Books and Printed Pages
A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores the fascinating evolution of visual storytelling styles in comic art – from panels in early newspapers to contemporary images of some of the most famous and funny characters in print. "Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages" opens Sept. 12 and will be on view for a year in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building.
The exhibition draws from the Library's extensive collection of comic art, which includes some of the earliest comics, including the first successful newspaper comic strip featuring Richard Outcault's "The Yellow Kid," early drawings of "Peanuts," superheroes including Batman, Superman and the Incredible Hulk in modern comic books, and much more.
"The Yellow Kid," first published in a panel in the New York World newspaper in 1895, is credited with sparking the rise of comics as a new American art form. By the middle of the 20th century, a growing number of diverse comic artists were examining their own life stories and commenting on culture and politics while expanding into graphic novels, fanzines and web comics. Comic art characters and narratives have also spread across film, television, books and marketing to reach even more people.
Highlights of the exhibition's first rotation include:
"Comic Art" will feature 45 items in the first rotation and a second rotation in spring 2020. The exhibition is on view in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Two opening programs will feature contemporary cartoonists:
Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m.
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