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Muscatine Art Center hosts comic book class

Muscantine Art Center LogoMUSCATINE, Iowa — The Muscatine Art Center will host a two-part class on comic cooks form 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 5 and 7, at the Art Center Studio.

On Tuesday Comic Books Part 1 begins as participants learn techniques and processes used to create professional comic books and then create their own characters and lay out a story.

The program concludes on Thursday in Comic Books Part 2, where participants will finish their stories and create two professional-style comic book pages.

Participants can choose to sign up for both classes for $25.

Registration for classes can be made by mail or in person at the Muscatine Art Center; forms are available at http://www.muscatineartcenter.org/Education.aspx.

For more information, call the Art Center at 563-263-8282.

Book report due? Relax, ‘Classics Illustrated’ comics are back


“The Last of the Mohicans” and “Jane Eyre” are two of the first “Classics Illustrated” comic books that Comixology will republish digitally.

In the mid 20th century, Classics Illustrated comics were the salvation of students faced with the grim prospect of creating book report on titles such as “Silas Marner” or “Moby Dick.” Now hundreds of literary classics adapted and illustrated as comics in the pages of “Classics Illustrated” are going digital.

Digital comics distributor, Comixology said Wednesday it made a deal with Trajectory Inc. to bring the entire 120-issue run of “Classics Illustrated” to its digital storefront within several months, with the first titles to include adaptations of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans” and Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” among others.

UnknownClassics Illustrated was a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941. Some titles were packaged in gift boxes with specific themes such as adventure or mystery. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (issue 13) and Uncle Tom’s Cabin (issue 15) – were  both cited in Dr. Fredric Wertham’s infamous 1954 condemnation of comic books Seduction of the Innocent.

Original edition Classic Comics in near mint condition command prices in the thousands of dollars.

Graffiti Art: Women Artists Gain Ground

Lady Aiko at work.  Photo by ladyaiko.com

Lady Aiko at work. Photo by ladyaiko.com

Graffiti art has been male-dominated art form for years, however a growing number of women have embraced the medium and received a great deal of attention. “There are a couple of women that have really made a name for themselves in this game,” says Jenni Button, director of the nonprofit Holiday Exploits, which connects artists with humanitarian and social causes.

Since its explosion onto city walls and subway cars in the 1970s, the increasing popularity of graffiti as an art form has won commercial success for its artists and a regular presence in pop culture and the contemporary art world. But graffiti is, by definition, a defiant and public exhibition. By the 1990’s the graffiti art movement made its transition from the streets to the gallery.

Some well known female street artists include:

Maya Hayuk — has been doing street art and graffiti for a while now, With her symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals detiail views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas. She has painted her outdoor murals all over the world and, when not traveling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn. Currently showcasing her work at the  Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, she’s also a feminist — and will not work with galleries who exhibit less than 10% female artists. A decision which has garnered respect and admiration among her peers.

Maya Hayuk installation.  Photo by The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles)

Maya Hayuk installation. Photo by The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles)

Swoon — an activist and a humanitarian, most of her work profits the charities and organizations she works with. Using another medium of street art called wheat paste, where an artist draws their work on a piece of paper and then they make a mixture of flour, glue, sugar, water and apply that directly to a building. Swoon creates intricate paintings – all hand cut, making her work instantly recognizable.

 Mural by Swoon.  Photo by The Brooklyn Museum

Mural by Swoon. Photo by The Brooklyn Museum

Lady Pink a legend within the genre, Lady Pink began painting subway trains from the years 1979-1985.  She quickly became known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink’s canvases have entered art collections at the Whitney Museum and the MET (in New York City), the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland.  Her paintings are highly prized by collectors.

Mural by Lady Pink. Photo by pinksmith.com

Mural by Lady Pink. Photo by pinksmith.com

Today, Lady Pink continues to create new paintings on canvas that express her unique personal vision. She also shares her 30 years of experience with teens by holding mural workshops and lecturing to college students throughout the Northeast.

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