Galleries | Art
Future comic book artists can gain valuable tips and advice from Texas artists when University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery presents a Comics Symposium - comiCulture: From Creation to Consumption on Saturday, Sept 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at UH-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.The free, one-day symposium will highlight Texas artists who have made a name for themselves within the comic book industry, giving attendees a unique opportunity to learn from their success.“This is the first time UHCL has hosted an event like comiCulture,” says UHCL Art Gallery Coordinator of Audience Development Jeff Bowen. “The panelists are leaders in illustration and comic book art and are sure to draw a large crowd intrigued by comic book creators.”Special panels will feature notable artists, such as James O’Barr, creator of “The Crow;” Leroy Brown, illustrator of “ICECUBES;” and ShoNuff! Studios co-founder Terry Parr. Many more industry professionals representing illustrators, writers and publishers will also be on hand to share their insight.“Many people don’t realize how many influential and talented artists live in Texas,” said Terry Wagner, owner of Mental Diversions Studios and volunteer comiCulture event coordinator. “comiCulture is a great opportunity to celebrate local talent and give a fresh crop of aspiring artists some wonderful tips from industry insiders.”To kick off the symposium, the UHCL Art Gallery and the Office of Student Life are presenting a screening of “The Crow” following a Q-and-A session with O’Barr on Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., in the Student Services and Classroom Building Lecture Hall. Admission is $3.75 or free with a UHCL I.D.Other planned activities during the symposium include portfolio reviews by expert guests, comic book and artist vendors, a “pop culture auction and yard sale,” and an exhibition of works opening on Aug. 22. “The Art of Sequential Storytelling” exhibition, located in the UHCL Art Gallery, will showcase unique pieces from many of the event’s featured artists. Student artwork will also be on display from Aug. 22 through Oct. 17 in the exhibition area on the second floor of Bayou Building, Atrium I.Local businesses have stepped in to offer their support of this premier event including Bedrock City Comic Co., a local comic book collector store with four Houston-area locations. Other support comes from Houston Endowment Inc., Lunar Rendezvous Festival, Inc. and Candlewood Suites.Admission to the symposium is free, but registration is requested to assure appropriate space needs.Guests can register at www.comiculture.org. For more information about the UHCL Art Gallery, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/artgallery or call 281-283-3376.Pictured below:James O’Barr
From The Crow Series, 2012
Pen and InkMark Nasso
Ghosts of Jefferson Davis Hospital, 2012
Pen & Ink, Digital ColoringLeroy Brown
ICECUBES, strip #178 'Payphone'
Pencil, brush and pen nibs w/ India ink