Friday, August 7, 2009
The Big Funny opening reception was -- or is -- as it's still going on while I type this -- a rousing success. The gallery was packed and copies of the publication were flying off the shelves. The vintage Sunday sections I'd donated to be given away with early purchases went fast -- gone by the second hour of sales.
Original art from Big Funny was on display, as well as select vintage Sunday strips. Many of the artists who had work in the show were there, as well as other local cartoonists such as Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse) and Jim Keefe (Flash Gordon). Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur was playing on a loop, projected on the gallery wall.
Many of my former MCAD students were in attendance, as well as fellow faculty members. I even bumped into an old pal from my hometown who I hadn't seen in twenty years (Hi Mitch!). All in all, an impressive event, and a great show. If you missed the opening, the show will continue through the 29th -- details here. Enjoy the photos!
That's one of my MCAD students, Renny Kissling, in the center of this pic.
Sean Lynch and Eric Schuster, both former students of mine, chatting with MCAD comics instructor, Barbara Schulz.
Cartoonist and MCAD visiting artist Zak Sally and MCAD design instructor Erik Brandt.
Big Funny contributor Lewis Tuck.
Original comic art by William Ede.
My Big Funny contribution (on the left).