The weekend’s almost here and we’re spending it getting our new GP HQ, aka studio, in order! We’re excited for the new setup! While we do that, what geeky things will you all be up to? Sound off! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
“Men of Steel and Women of Valor” is a new exhibition of papercuts by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik that zooms from scripture to comics and back, incorporating pop culture pizzazz into an exploration of stories that have been told and retold for thousands of years — but never like this. The exhibition opens in Cleveland on September 6, 2019, at The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion, and Culture.
At the heart of the exhibition is a series of large portraits made of cut-up comic books featuring Superman and Lois Lane, Daredevil and Elektra, the Fantastic Four — transformed into the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs, as well as modern figures. These portraits are a nod to the Jewish custom of inviting guests into one’s sukkah during the fall festival of Sukkot.
Brynjegard-Bialik’s work is emblematic of the 21st century’s mash-up culture, drawing parallels between comic book mythologies and religious traditions, delving into the stories that make us human.
This exhibition focuses heavily on Superman, created in Cleveland in the 1930s by two Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — portraits of whom are included in the show, made of cut-up Superman comics from the past 90 years.
The exhibition also includes portraits of Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister, and Sally Priesand, America’s first female rabbi. The portraits share the walls with landscapes of Jerusalem, stories of fire and water and cloud, and explorations of the Mishnah — all made out of cut-up comic books. It’s a dynamic mash-up of old and new.
“Men of Steel and Women of Valor” will be open from September 6, 2019 through January 10, 2020, at The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion and Culture at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. The artist will be in the gallery for an opening weekend October 11-13, 2019.
The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion, and Culture is located at The Temple-Tifereth Israel Jack and Lilyan Mandel Building at 26000 Shaker Boulevard in Beachwood, Ohio 44122-7199.
Award-winning graphic novelist Tony Puryear announced today that he will be part of Comixcast 2016. A diverse group of comics creators, and activists voicing their opposition to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The artists will join tens of thousands of like-minded protesters in Cleveland at Ground Zero at the Republican National Convention. Using their pens, brushes and cameras they will contribute to a live feed of political comics, YouTube videos and commentary.
Political cartoon by Tony Puryear
Comixcast.com is a platform for live-streaming video and political cartoons with the urgency and immediacy of breaking news. Puryear joins Joyce Brabner, a pioneer in comics journalism and widow of Cleveland indie comics legend Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) , and their intentions are as clear as the campaign’s slogan: “Here To Make Comics, Here To Stop Trump”. Puryear is no stranger to political activism through art, his iconic poster for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign is in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Poster designed by Puryear for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign
“I grew up in a Movement family, (Civil Rights Movement, Anti-War Movement, you-name-it-movement) dating back to the 60s, and street activism was what we did. Now, as a multimedia artist, as a cartoonist, I have a voice, and in this crucial time for our country, I have to speak out against Trump and his politics of fear, hate and division. I have to be out in the street in Cleveland, and I have to share what I’ll witness there.”
Adding his voice to an already loud week of protest Puryear hopes to make s difference. “As a Black artist, I make a comic, “Concrete Park”, featuring people of color in the future. Lately, there are days when I worry we won’t make it there. This is why I was so honored to be a part of Comixcast 2016.”
Puryear will join such respected comics artists as Mark Zingarelli (Second Avenue Caper), Seth Tobocman (World War 3 Illustrated), Marguerite Dabaie (The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories) as well as Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket) for Comixcast 2016.
About Tony Puryear
In 1996, Puryear became the first African-American screenwriter to write a $100 million-dollar summer blockbuster with his script for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Eraser. He has written films for Oliver Stone, Mel Gibson, Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith.
Tony Puryear directed classic hip-hop videos for legendary old-school acts like EPMD, K-Solo and LL Cool J. He co-created and co-writes (with Erika Alexander)Concrete Park, 2016 Glyph Award Winner and a Best American Comic, 2013. He also draws the book. Together they have taught comics and graphic novel-making from Los Angeles to Central America to Harvard. He recently contributed illustrations for Dark Horse Books’ new adult coloring book Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color from best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club).
Z2 Comics announced today their fall 2015 graphic novel slate, including a reprint of one of Harvey Pekar’s final graphic novels and three graphic novels. The biggest surprise of the bunch is a new printing of Pekar’s Cleveland, one of his last graphic novels, and a love letter to his home town. It was originally published by Top Shelf in April 2012.
Check out below for the full slate of graphic novels being released.
Ashes: A Firefighter’s Tale written by Mario Candelaria with art by Karl Slominski.
(September 22, 2015; $19.99; 120 pages; black and white)
Matt always had an easygoing life. Girls liked him, his friends were more like family, and being a firefighter came naturally. Then the accident happened. Now, after the loss of his leg, Matt struggles to cope with his new handicap as he attempts to rebuild his shattered family and once budding career. A riveting tale about perseverance, hard work, and overcoming the odds, Ashes is a gripping tale told in stunning black and white.
Pawn Shopwritten by Joey Esposito with art by Sean Von Gorman
(September 22, 2015; $19.99; 120 pages; full color)
A widower. A nurse. A punk. A Long Island Railroad employee. New York City is an ecosystem where everybody is connected, if only by the streets they walk on. This original graphic novel is the story of four people, in a city of eight million, whose lives unknowingly intersect through a Manhattan pawn shop.
Written by Joey Esposito (Footprints) and illustrated with a gorgeous mixture of watercolor and digital elements by Sean Von Gorman (Toe Tag Riot), Pawn Shop explores the big things that separate us and the little moments that inexplicably unite us.
The Abaddon written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi
(November 10, 2015; $24.99; 240 pages; full color)
Loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, The Abaddon is the story of a young man who finds himself trapped in a bizarre apartment with a group of ill-matched roommates. He discovers that his new home doesn’t adhere to any rational laws of nature and comes to realize that everyone living in the apartment is missing crucial parts of their memories and identities.
Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant
(November DATE TK; Price TK; 128; black and white)
A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) pioneered autobiographical comics, mining the mundane for magic since 1976 in his critically acclaimed series American Splendor. Legendary comic book writer Harvey Pekar’s collaboration with artist Joseph Remnant, titled Cleveland, was originally published by Top Shelf Shelf Comics and Zip Comics in 2012 and includes an introduction by Alan Moore. The book presents key moments and characters from the city’s history, intertwined with Harvey’s own ups and downs, as relayed to us by Our Man and meticulously researched and rendered by artist Joseph Remnant. At once a history of Cleveland and a portrait of Harvey, it’s a tribute to the ordinary greatness of both.
Wizard World continues its 2015 schedule with its first trip to the Cleveland Convention Center at Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con, February 20-22. William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, Taryn Manning, Cory Feldman, Drea de Matteo and The Walking Dead duo of Seth Gilliam and Michael Rooker headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.
Shatner will attend on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21; Feldman will appear on Saturday only; Campbell, Gilliam and Manning will attend on Saturday and Sunday; and de Matteo and Rooker are scheduled for all three days of the event.
Other well-known Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con guests include Michael Rowe, Graham McTavish, Sasha Roiz, James Marsters, Chris 51, Lou Ferrigno, Jason David Frank, Doug Jones and Gregg Henry.
Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Cleveland Comic Con will feature Mark Sumerak, Tim Smith III, Clinton Hobart and many others.
In addition, all full-price Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.
The fifth of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Cleveland Comic Con show hours are Friday, February 20, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio plays a special role in the creation of Superman. The city was the home of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and, of course, Joanne Siegel (the inspiration for Lois Lane). Siegel and Shuster are better known as the creators of the iconic super hero. While Superman might have lived in Smallville, the blue-collar city considers itself his real home.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, the debut of the Man of Steel. To mark that event Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has declared it Superman Day in the city.
The city also has some super plans to celebrate its connection with this global icon.
May and June: The Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 325 Superior Ave., where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster spent countless hours reading and researching, will have an exhibit honoring Superman and the creators. Free.
May 4: An exclusive, new Superman comic will be given out on Free Comic Book Day at comic shops all over the world, including in Northeast Ohio.
May 26: The fourth annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16, in Mentor’s Great Lakes Mall. Free admission. Guests include comic writers and artists Craig Tucker, Gary Dumm, Sean Forney, Chris Lambert and others. Costume Contest at 3 p.m. Visit http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/
June 1-8: Terminal Tower will be lit with red, yellow and blue lights in honor of the anniversary.
June 4: Launch party for Brad Ricca’s “Super Boys” (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99), the biography of Siegel, Shuster and Superman, will be at the Barnes & Noble store in Westlake’s Crocker Park at 7 p.m. Ricca, who teaches at Case Western Reserve University, will speak and sign books. Visit www.super-boys.com for more area signings and information.
June 8: Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th St., (216) 651-7295, will show superhero cartoons for free all day as part of the Party in Gordon Square celebration.
The instant store, “The Planet,” will stay open into the night at 6706 Detroit Ave., as part of the Gordon Square festival. The shop will host comic dealers, local artists, caricaturists, and a toy shop including lots of Superman memorabilia.
June 14: “The Man of Steel” Superman movie starring Henry Cavill opens. The Siegel and Shuster Society will host a 7 p.m. showing at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th St. Society members will speak before the film. Free comics will be distributed. Noted artist Derek Hess will give away and sign a print he will create for the event.
June 16-23: The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will celebrate Superman and his creators with events for adults and kids. Check www.maltzmuseum.org for details. The museum is at 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood. 216-593-0575.
June 22: Superman family day at the Cleveland Public Library, Glenville branch, 11900 St. Clair Ave. Mike Barr, noted DC Comics author; Michael Savene, promoter of the Akron Comicon; and Mike Olszewski, Siegel and Shuster Society president, will appear. Kids can create their own superhero capes, masks and comic books. Free.
June 23: History of Superman in Cleveland Lolly the Trolley tour from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. A drive around the city with stops at important Superman sites, including the former homes of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Tour will be narrated by Olszewski and Plain Dealer Comics Columnist Michael Sangiacomo.
June 26: Free Superman event at the Akron Public Library, 60 South High Street, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Superman panel. Superman costume contest and trivia game.
July 8 to 14: The Great Lakes Science Center will host a speaker from NASA who will speak on “The Science of Superman” at the center, 6011 Erieside Ave., Cleveland.
Nov. 9: Akron Comicon will be at the University of Akron Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway Street, with special guest, legendary Superman Golden Age artist Al Plastino. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Also appearing will be comic artists and writers Chris Sprouse, Mike Barr, Tom Batiuk, Adam Beechen, Tony Isabella, Marc Sumerak, Chris Yambar and Thom Zahler. For more information, visit
While their original home might no longer be standing Cleveland makes it clear the history that was made there.
This past Monday, the Cleveland Public Library released their new Harvey Pekar library cards. The native Clevelander Pekar was has been honored not just by this limited edition membership card, but also a bronze statue erected in his honor right outside the library.
Cleveland Public Library director Felton Thomas explained his choice in choosing Pekar for this honor:
He brought Cleveland to life through his work and was a loyal patron of CPL. It’s our pleasure to offer this card to our patrons in his honor.
The card’s design is based on artwork from Joe Remnant’s illustrations for Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland.
If you are a Cleveland resident and want to get your hands on your own historic Harvey Pekar Library card, the normal replacement fee of $1.00 has been waived, so all you really have to do is head over to your local CPL and ask for a new Pekar card.