Official Press Release
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Night Flight Comics is pleased to announce an
upcoming exhibition of over seventy original pages from the
groundbreaking independent comic book series, Cerebus. ‘Ye Bookes of
Cerebus: the Comic Art of Dave Sim and Gerhard’ officially opens on
Monday, August 21st 2006 at 9:00 a.m. Thirty-five of the original art
pieces will be on display at The City Library main branch lower urban
room, with the rest of the exhibit at both Night Flight Comics locations
and will remain on display through October 30, 2006. An artist’s
reading, Q&A, autograph session and gallery walk on Friday, October 27th
2006 starting at 1:00 p.m. At the event, Dave Sim will discuss the
Cerebus project, his massive 26-year long, 300-issue publishing history,
and the religious themes that make up the core of the exhibition.
Background artist Gerhard will also be discussing his work on the
series, the intricately detailed backgrounds that create the
extraordinarily realistic world in which the series takes place.
Cerebus was the longest running independent comic ever published. At six
thousand pages in length, it is the single longest graphic novel in the
comic book medium; arguably, the longest sustained narrative in human
history. Over seventy pages from this remarkable, and sometimes
controversial, work will be on display, focusing on many of the
religious themes that highlighted the later years of the book and
culminating with a dramatic and unique retelling of the Story of Creation.
The series began in December of 1977 as a parody of the popular Conan
the Barbarian comic. Sim quickly evolved as a writer and storyteller and
began to tackle larger themes such as politics, religion, gender
relations, and creator’s rights. At the same time, the artwork of Sim
and background artist Gerhard was consistently some of the best in the
medium and garnered numerous awards. Most recently, Sim and Gerhard won
the 2005 Shuster Award (named after Superman co-creator Joe Shuster) for
Best Canadian Achievement in Comics for the Cerebus project.
By the time the series ended in March 2004, Sim and Gerhard had worked
together for over two hundred issues of Cerebus, an unprecedented
achievement that more than doubled the one hundred issues of The
Fantastic Four created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s.
This exhibition is organized with curator for the Regina A. Quick Center
for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University Jason Trimmer and will feature
work from three of the sixteen books that make up the entirety of the
Cerebus series – Rick’s Story, Latter Days, and The Last Day. All of
these pages showcase one of the most unique properties of the comic
medium, which is its equal emphasis on words and pictures working
together. As writers and artists began to explore more mature subject
matter in comic books, starting in the mid-seventies, they also began to
explore the dynamics between how the words and pictures on a page
interact and affect the reader. For more than twenty years, Sim and
Gerhard have been among the preeminent innovators of this dynamic in the
comic book medium and the pages on display reflect several different
approaches they have taken.
Combining stylistic innovation, humor, and the revelations offered by
one man’s intensely personal spiritual journey, ‘Ye Bookes of Cerebus:
The Comic Art of Dave Sim and Gerhard’ promises to be a unique and
Admission to the exhibit areas are free and open to the public during
regular open hours. For more information, call Mimi Cruz 801.272.8343
Ye Books of Cerebus Art Exhibition organized by the Regina A. Quick
Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University Jason Trimmer, Curator.
About the University: St. Bonaventure is the nation’s premier Franciscan
university and ranks in the top 20 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s
college ranking of Northern Universities – Master’s. It has a history of
accomplishment and service that extends back nearly 150 years. At the
heart of St. Bonaventure University is the Franciscan affirmation of the
dignity and worth of the entire created order. Fundamental to this
vision is an awareness that it is within relationships and community
that individuals discover and develop their potential.
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Salt Lake City UT 84111
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Salt Lake City UT 84117-6013