New Yorker cartoonist’s talk complements comics exhibition
McDaniel College is offering extended gallery hours on two select Sundays for visitors to enjoy brunch on the Hill and “Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895 – 1950,” a major show exploring the serious side of newspaper comic strips on exhibit Oct. 19-Nov. 19 in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.
Internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine Harry Bliss will visit campus and speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in McDaniel Lounge in conjunction with “Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895 – 1950.”
Bliss is the creator of the self-titled, syndicated cartoon, “Bliss” and a successful children’s book illustrator, best known for his work on the award-winning trilogy “Diary of a Worm,” “Diary of a Spider,” and “Diary of a Fly,” all by Doreen Cronin. He is one of several contemporary cartoonists featured in show-and-tell conversations and complementing the comics exhibit. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, so guests are encouraged to enjoy the exhibit before the talk.
McDaniel College is offering extended gallery hours on Nov. 13 for visitors to enjoy brunch on the Hill and “Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895 – 1950,” a major show exploring the serious side of newspaper comic strips on exhibit Oct. 19-Nov. 19 in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.
A brunch buffet featuring live music, “Sunday Brunch on the Hill” with President Roger Casey and Ms. Robyn Allers will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in Englar Dining Hall on the lower level of Decker College Center. Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. Free Sunday funnies will be available in the gallery during special exhibition hours 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
“We love to share all that’s happening on the Hill with the community,” says Allers. “This event is really a McDaniel trifecta – brunch in our newly renovated and award-winning dining hall, music by student musicians and a major exhibition of comic strips and culture. There’s even a spectacular view of fall foliage while you walk from the dining hall to Rice Gallery.”
Gallery hours for the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, are: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.
Curated by Robert Lemieux, associate professor of Communications and Cinema at the college, and designed by graduate students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., the exhibition examines the cultural and historical significance of newspaper comic strips from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries with 28 original, hand-drawn panels and early newsprint pieces, including “Krazy Kat,” “Blondie,” “Pogo” and “Peanuts,” on loan from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University.
Inspiration for the exhibition came from Lemieux’s quest to educate the public about the serious side of the Sunday funnies.
The comics chosen, according to Lemieux, “were the most visually appealing and entertaining and that offered the best cultural commentary. Beyond the spectacular artwork and hilarious gags are profound social and political observations.
“Even though these works will tickle your funny bone, the exhibition isn’t just about showing up and reading comics — you can do that in your living room. This show will elucidate their social, cultural and historical significance, which over the past half-century has been pushed into the shadows.”
“Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895 – 1950” is made possible by the Abbe Family Trust, Carroll County Arts Council, Corcoran Gallery of Art + Design, and the National Communication Association. Additional support provided by the Carroll County Times.
In addition to the exhibition, McDaniel is hosting a speaker series, “The Serious Side of Comics,” featuring show-and-tell conversations with four contemporary cartoonists. In addition to Brian Walker, a prominent cartoon historian and second-generation creator of “Hi and Lois” and a writer for “Beetle Bailey,” who spoke Oct. 19, the remaining three cartoonists are:
Harry Bliss, New Yorker cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in McDaniel Lounge. Bliss is the creator of the self-titled, syndicated cartoon, “Bliss” and a successful children’s book illustrator. Prior to his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker magazine, Bliss illustrated dozens of book covers for writers such as Lawrence Block, Dorothy Uhnak, Bob Dole and Fiona Buckley. His first cartoon collection, “Death By Laughter,” with an introduction by Christopher Guest, was published by Abrams in 2008. Several of Bliss’s cartoons have been reprinted in Hill magazine, the College’s alumni periodical.
Richard Thompson, creator of “Cul de Sac,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, and $10 for non-Corcoran students. For more information and/or to register to attend, visit www.corcoran.org/calendar or call 202-639-1770. His comic strip “Cul de Sac,” which has gained national recognition, is known for its unique illustrations and wit. He was the 2011 recipient of the Reuben Award, the nation’s preeminent award for cartoonists and illustrators. He has also illustrated for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and U.S. News & World Report.
Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), an internationally renowned political cartoonist for The Economist and the former cartoonist at The Baltimore Sun, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in McDaniel Lounge. Throughout his 17 years at The Sun, he drew more than 4,000 cartoons while continuing to draw two cartoons per week for The Economist. His work for The Economist includes more than 120 illustrated covers. A collection of his more recent work, “KAL Draws Criticism,” was published in June 2006.
For more information about “Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895-1950,” visit www.mcdaniel.edu/comicsart or call 410-857-2290.