Dave Sim CBLDF Benefit at Night Flight Comics

Official Press Release

On Friday, October 27th, Night Flight Comics will be hosting a rare appearance with Cerebus creators Dave Sim & Gerhard to commemorate the closing of "Ye Bookes of Cerebus: The Comic Art of Dave Sim & Gerhard," which opens this Monday, August 21st. On the day of the event, Sim & Gerhard will hold an artist's reading, Q&A, autograph session and gallery walk at Library Square. The following evening at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 28th, a private reception fund raiser for the CBLDF will be held at the Night Flight Cottonwood location with Dave Sim, Gerhard and surprise guest(s). The Diamond Back card game will be played along with possibly another popular card game. High dollar contributors will earn a chance to win a truly limited set of Ye Bookes of Cerebus bookends. Bring a print out of this announcement to gain admission to this event. Adults only please.

'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.

Cerebus was the longest running independent comic ever published. 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.

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 thought-provoking experience.

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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