Official Press Release
DES MOINES, Wash. – Comic book collaborators Craig McKenney and Rick Geary will display their work in the Highline Community College Library Exhibits and Art Gallery from June 4 to June 30, 2005. The show is free and open to the public.
Writer Craig McKenney and illustrator Rick Geary began working together in 2001, when McKenney served as editor and publisher of Blanche Goes to Paris, a comic book Geary wrote and illustrated. The two won a Xeric Foundation grant in 2004 for their collaboration, The Brontes: Infernal Angria #1, written by McKenney and illustrated by Geary.
Having worked for clients including MTV, The Comics Journal and MSNBC, McKenney’s writing has taken many forms: criticism, technical documentation and fiction. In 2000, he began self-publishing his comics under the Headless Shakespeare Press name. He has been a teacher of writing, speech and media studies for nine years. McKenney now works in Federal Way for Puget Sound Early College, an early college program developed by Highline Community College.
McKenney attended Texas A&M University and Southern Methodist University, but credits the support of his parents, brother and friends for helping him pursue his love of writing. McKenney was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Seattle.
Geary began work in comics in 1977 and was a contributor to the Funny Pages of National Lampoon for 13 years. His comic stories have also been published in Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics/Paradox Press Big Books. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where his first cartoons were published in the University Daily Kansan.
Geary’s illustrations have graced everything from national magazine covers to rubber stamps. In 1994, he received the Reuben Division Award for Magazine and Book Illustration from the National Cartoonists Society. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and now resides in San Diego.
The Library Exhibits and Art Gallery, located on the 4th floor of Highline’s library (Building 25), is an area set aside for exhibiting visual arts. It presents the creative works of Highline faculty, staff and students as well as members of the extended community in an effort to provide a space for sharing diverse talents.
From June 4 to June 10 and June 20 to June 30, the gallery will be open Monday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m. From June 11 to June 19, the gallery will be open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday.
Highline Community College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 10,000 students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. The college offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with day, evening and weekend classes. Alumni include former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, entrepreneur Junki Yoshida and noted author Ann Rule.
Highline’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99).
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