Last week I got the chance to check out some original comic strip artwork up close and personal at a local art show. On loan from a local private collection are a dozen or two pieces of actual hand inked artwork from the last century's golden age of newspaper comics.
Of course there are famous favorites such as Charles Schultz' "Peanuts" and Gary Trudeau's "Doonesbury" but also some more obscure strips that I'd never heard of, and others that I knew very little about, like "Terry and the Pirates."
It was fun to see the sometimes slap dash construction of the artwork, such as this "The Family Circus" panel with it's obvious paste up text, and be reminded of how hand crafted these daily strips were.
There's quite a bit of background and history about the comics and how they were used to sell newspapers. I have to admit that growing up, comics, horoscopes and Ann Landers were pretty much the only part of the newspaper that I ever read!
If you're a fan of the newspaper comic and in the Seattle area, stop by Gage Academy and check out this show. It's hidden away up at the end of the hall on the third floor, a rare glimpse of the cartoonist's art.
"That's Art!" is on display at the Gage Academy until April 4th, 2014.
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