The Huntington Museum of Art is running an exhibit on comic art that started on June 27th and will run through October 11 called The Herald-Dispatch Presents WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the collection.
The exhibit features original comic book art, comic strips, and sequential drawings from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture. There will be work from Bob Kane, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, and many other noted comic artists from the 40’s to recent pieces covering superheroes, fantasy, comedy, and more. The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Lee Reynolds.
The opening reception is this Tuesday July 28th at 7pm. Comic writer, blogger, and WV native Beau Smith will be speaking on how comics are created and their history. He will lead a tour of some of the pieces while he talks. Feel free to come in costume of your favorite hero or villain. The lecture will take about forty minutes to an hour. Refreshments will be available.
This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
A native of Ceredo and a Marshall University graduate, Beau Smith’s first work was a series of backup stories for a book called “Scout” published be Eclipse comics. In the 1990s he attained national prominence working for DC Comics where he wrote “Guy Gardner: Warrior” a spin-off of the “Green Lantern” series. Smith later attained a lot of work behind the scenes at various companies. He served as the Vice President of Marketing for Image Comics and later IDW. Recently his Western/Supernatural hybrid book “Wynonna Earp” has been given the go ahead to be turned into a TV series for the SyFy channel.