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KAPOW! New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Contemporary Comic Art

January 23, 2018

KAPOW! New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Contemporary Comic Art

Beavis and Butt-Head and Barbie at an almost 200-year-old historical institution? You bet. Maine Historical Society’s new exhibition KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists features original drawings of Beavis & Butt-Head, Barbie, Big Nate comic strips, George Danby’s political cartoons and more. KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists opens February 2, 2018 at Maine Historical Society in Portland.

Comic art tells stories in diverse ways. It can critique the world in which we live, poke fun at the absurd, or transport us to a fantastical realm. Historical examples of comic art include political satire and caricatures of the nineteenth century, and superhero stories, noir comics, cartoons, and Sunday funnies of the twentieth century.

Though comic art has experienced heightened popularity in recent years in the form of graphic novels, storyboards, and web comics, the medium and format is often underrepresented in formal art exhibitions.

All artists and artwork in KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists represent comic-inspired artists currently working in and drawing inspiration from the state of Maine. The artists featured in KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists are: George Danby, Rick Parker, Lisa Trusiani, Mili St. John, Lincoln Peirce, Jay Piscopo, Sean Moran, David Harrigan (SCARECROWOVEN), Paul Pelletier, and Mort Todd.

Meet the comic artists at the opening of KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists on February 2 during First Friday Art Walk.

What: KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists exhibition When: February 2 through March 31, 2018. Opens February 2 for First Friday Art Walk Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 Cost: Free on February 2 for First Friday Art Walk. Regular admission is free to MHS members and $8 for non-members. Note: Amanda Skinner curated this exhibition. Patricia Cousins served as the creative designer.

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Katie Clark, Communications Manager Maine Historical Society 207.774.1822 ext. 223

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A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library, and Maine Memory Network.

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