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Virtuous: Panel Discussion & Opening

Update: A full video of the discussion can be viewed here

Our first opening took place this past Thursday and we couldn't be happier with the turn out and support we received from the community. Virtuous, is a series of illustrations by contemporary artist Jermaine Dickerson, focusing on comic book style technique and content. I was first drawn to his work because his technical acumen but was blown away by the stories behind the content. He's very committed to the genre and wanted to create new work surrounding the Michael Brown and Ferguson incidents and how they were conveyed in the media. 

Our landlord was nice enough to let us use the vacant space next door (now leased - yay, neighbors!) for the panel discussion which got filled and was standing room only by the end. Here are some highlights of the panel which included Richard Rubenfeld, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Eastern Michigan University; exhibiting artist Jermaine Dickerson; James Conniff, resident comic book expert of Fun 4 All Comics; Jesse Rubenfeld, illustrator and artist; and Curtis Sullivan, co-owner and founder of Vault of Midnight. 

Dr. Richard Rubenfeld moderated an hour of topics in comic books including diversity, real life superheroes, powers and women in comic books.

Dr. Richard Rubenfeld moderated an hour of topics in comic books including diversity, real life superheroes, powers and women in comic books.

Exhibiting artist Jermaine Dickerson. 

Exhibiting artist Jermaine Dickerson. 

We even had a professional filmmaker in the house!

We even had a professional filmmaker in the house!

The panel closed out with a Q&A session. 

The panel closed out with a Q&A session. 

Curtis Sullivan gets his point across.

Curtis Sullivan gets his point across.

Our dashing panel. 

Our dashing panel. 

A successful night indeed! #Virtuous

A successful night indeed! #Virtuous

The show is open through the end of March and there are still a few pieces available for purchase. The first hour we sold four pieces from the exhibit. Very successful, we'd say! For more information about our upcoming events, check out our exhibitions page here

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Detroit Connections: Super Heroes

Nick's been working with elementary students in one of Detroit's public schools as a Detroit Connections artist-in-residence. Once a week, he goes in to talk to them about creating imagery, writing about their community and then takes photos of the kids acting out their super hero dreams.

He's featured on the Stamps School of Art & Design's tumblr page. Check it out!

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The cat's out of the box.

Ever dream of making your cat happier than kid in a candy store? Me either. But I was interested in making something we could both enjoy. It begins with a box. Then gather some simple supplies, like an exacto, a ruler, Mod Podge, a Sharpie and TV.

Then round up some *old comic books (old as in the '90s and preferably wimpy characters like the Avengers, Fantastic Four or Silver Surfer).

The next steps are simple: remodel the box as you wish and begin gluing only the finest pages of the comics to the surface of the box.

Finally, make certain there's plenty of litter in the litter box because your cat is going to plutz! PRESTO! A new bed that your cat AND your guests will find astonishing.

Bonus points if one of the comic pages illustrates former President Bush Sr. with Arab sheiks shaking hands with a d-bag.

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My Hero

While passing through the snack aisle recently, my eyes were assaulted by a box of crackers with an image of Spiderman from the most recent film. His new costume looked like it should have a NIKE swoosh on it (Image care of Filmdrunk). What happened? Why get so detailed and compromise the imagination? Super hero comics are still a huge part of my life and greatly influence my personal work. The Uncanny X-Men, issue 273, was the one that started it all for me. Two pages in was a full spread of all the characters and their names.

From that point on I began collecting and learning.

I was there when the X-Men met Gambit's wife. I was there when Scott Summers became distracted by Betsy Braddock and nearly lost Jean Grey. I was there when Wolverine's adamantium skeleton was ripped from his body by Magneto.

The writing and illustrating were flawless! There was amazing back story. There was well thought out imagery that would augment imagination, not overtake it. I can appreciate new generations becoming fans of comic book heroes, but I'm saddened they won't benefit from the visual stimulation, stories and overall composition and layout comic books presented.

 

 

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