Artists’ Reception

May 18, 2024    
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Metuchen Public Library 480 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840

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Join us for an Artists’ Reception celebrating a new exhibit on display in the Gallery at the Metuchen Library May 4-June 26, 2024.

Visual Storytelling: a Celebration of Graphic Novel Art

“In comics at its best, words and pictures are like partners in a dance, and each one takes turns leading.” ― Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Graphic novels and comics are stories told via “sequential art.” This storytelling medium has become immensely popular in recent years. Graphic novels and manga are the biggest growth category in books, and webcomics on platforms like Webtoon and Tapas are taking the world by storm.

Metuchen-based literary agent Janna Morishima, who specializes in graphic novels, worked with her clients and friends in the industry to assemble this show.

As you can see in the work on display, while Americans have long associated “comics” with “superheroes,” that association no longer holds true. Contemporary comics and graphic novels feature the full gamut of genres, with stories aimed at every age level.

This show includes fantasy by Andi Watson and Joe Latham; slapstick humor for early readers by Shauna Grant, Steve Metzger and Brian Schatell; nonfiction for kids by David Rickert and Lindsey Leigh; magical realism by Debbie Fong; friendship drama by Misako Rocks; realistic fiction by Mike Dawson; memoir by Elizabeth Jancewicz and Eric Stevenson; and journalism by Tracy White.

The show explores these artists’ creative processes and their books.


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