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Do you have comics-crazy kids in your homeschool? Why not take educational advantage of their interests with some help from a new exhibition at the Library of Congress: Comic Art: 120 Years of Pages and Panels.
Comics are a highly creative art form with a rich history. This exhibition presents that history using the Library’s extensive collection of comic-related materials.
“Welcome to the world of comic art, where a wide variety of visual and narrative storytelling styles have evolved from panels in early newspapers to contemporary comic images. Through unique original drawings and printed pages, this exhibition features the artistic skills of master artists and emerging talents who have created some of the most famous, funny, and frightening characters to appear in print.
“One early comic figure, the Yellow Kid, debuted in a full-size panel in the color pages of the New York World newspaper in 1895 and sparked the rise of comics as a popular new American art form. By the mid-1900s, in addition to the growing number of mainstream comic creators, diverse independent artists were creating comic art that examined their own life stories and commented on culture and politics. These innovators and change makers expanded the art form to include mini comics, graphic novels, fanzines, and web comics.
“The lively visual content, dramatic narrative, and strong character development found in comics have attracted devoted audiences who follow the latest installment in whatever format the story appears. Over time, comic art and its characters have permeated film, television, books, and marketing — making characters familiar to viewers who may or may not read comics themselves.“ (Library of Congress)
You can find more details and a collection of online exhibits for your students to explore at the Library of Congress exhibition website:
From the Yellow Kid, Gasoline Alley, and Krazy Kat, to Dick Tracy, Peanuts, and Pogo, to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, there are hundreds of worlds to explore and just as many lessons in history, art, and culture.
What treasures have you discovered at your library lately? 😊
❡ Dukedoms large enough: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize, and there’s no better homeschool field trip than a field trip to a new library! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the library collections near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you locate the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊
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