A new exhibit will appeal to pop culture fans perhaps like none before it.
The Aurora Public Art Commission, in association with Rotten Apple Comics in Aurora, is presenting its latest exhibit, “An Introduction to the World of Comics,” beginning Aug. 23 at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. The exhibit features the works of 22 comic book artists and will be open from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Friday through Nov. 22.
There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and will feature light hors d’oeurves, a cash bar and live musical entertainment. It is open to the public.
Rena Church, Aurora Public Art Commission director, was approached by a comic artist who has a studio in downtown Aurora. The one-named Gaiter is a writer, editor and artist with Rotten Apple Comics, a multimedia studio that creates print and digital comics, live-action and animated web shows and video games.
“He wanted to pull together about 20 artists. And I thought, what a stitch. We had the experience of having a show about dinosaurs … and we got so many people here because it’s very specialized,” she said. “I thought that comics would be the same thing and we would get a lot of fun, interesting people here the whole time it was here. People are into comics the way they are into Dr. Who and Star Trek. There are people coming to the opening in costume.”
There’s even talk of putting the Ghostbusters car in front of the building, she said.
The exhibit will feature small samples of work from 22 Illinois comic artists. The work includes manga, anime, cartoons and graphic novels.
“It really runs the gamut,” she said. “The work is very high quality. I’m really enjoying it. And because we have so many artists, the work is really varied.”
“Expect to see some amazingly talented artists come together,” Gaiter said. “It’s a billion-dollar industry, easily, because of the movies, the toys, the merchandising. It’s going to be an amazing show.”
There will be characters people recognize in the art work; like Jack Sparrow and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he said.
Comic books are a hotbed of ideas for Hollywood — he cited “The Walking Dead,” “The Avengers,” “2 Guns” and “Man of Steel” as recent examples.
People will enjoy not only the high quality of the work, but the whimsical nature as well, Church said.
“It’s really going to be uplifting. It’s something everyone can relate to,” she said. “Who doesn’t like comics? It’s not something that is intimidating or scary. It’s light-hearted, but they are serious artists. It’s an interesting subject.”