At CAM: Storytime!

Posted by on June 30th, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Up now at the Cartoon Art Museum: Storytime!, a fantastic show of comics for kids.  Seriously, this is one of the good ones.  The museum put a lot of effort into representing as wide a range of children’s comics, so the lineup includes work from Jeff Smith’s Bone, Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books, Irving Tripp’s run on Little Lulu, Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, Lark Pien’s Long Tail Kitty… the list goes on.

This is also a “process” show, so there’s a focus on depicting the creation of the comic from start to finish, with scripts, thumbnails, finished art, and samples of the final published form.  Most of the artists contributed notes explaining their process for the wall text.  I love it when the museum is able to go beyond just displaying the finished art and give visitors an idea of how comics are made.

“Storytime!” replaces “Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow,” another exceptionally boss show.  I didn’t think anything could rightfully succeed the Batman show in the big gallery, but this one is really cool.

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