February 2009

Your Life in Comics is a new program series at The Lab at Belmar exploring how comic books and cartooning have blazed across the American landscape, reshaping everything from political dialogue to popular culture. Comics started their life in America on the funny pages, growing slowly from the stuff of superheroes and comic strips to a fully formed art, with sophistication, nuance and far-reaching influence. This program series examines some of the ways comics and cartooning have changed the way we interact with the world, from comic books to newspapers, novels and television.

Comics as Art
Curators and artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings discuss the exhibition Out of Sequence, which showcases comic art that includes non-traditional techniques, experimental design, unconventional story lines and works by women and minority artists.

Comics as Politics
Bradford Mudge, professor at the University of Colorado Denver, discusses the political influence of the cartoon in eighteenth century Britain. Then, Ed Stein, political cartoonist at the Rocky Mountain News, reveals his process in creating funny, topical political satire.

Comics as Novel
Rebecca Gorman, professor at Metropolitan State College, discusses the rise of the graphic novel and the changes in visual culture in post-war America. Then, Faye Kleeman, professor of Japanese at the University of Colorado Boulder, examines the history and influence of Japanese manga.
6PM Reception | 6:30PM Program
$10 ($5 members)

Comics as Television
Jake Adam York, professor at the University of Colorado Denver, talks about the first ten-years of the pioneering television series "The Simpsons," which redefined the role of both the animated cartoon and the American sitcom. Then, Simpson's voice artists Hal Rayle and Maggie Roswell give a personal history of animation from "The Jack Benny Program" to "The Simpsons."
6PM Reception | 6:30PM Program
$10 ($5 members)