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The Capitol Visitor Center Highlights Comic History

Comics CodeThere’s a new exhibition at the Capitol Visitor Center, the museum(ish) is highlighting Congressional Investigations. The display highlights 200 years of investigations and includes items on Nixon, JFK, MLK and more. One part has some importance to comic fans. In the 1950s, the United States Senate held hearings about whether juvenile delinquency was caused by comic books.

In addition to displaying the documents, the exhibit also explains how the investigations sparked new policies. During the 1950s, Congress investigated how comic books were affecting a “dramatic rise in juvenile delinquency” and conducted televised hearings on the subject. After the hearings, comic book publishers revamped their content standards, though likely to the disappointment of a 14-year-old from Pennsylvania, whose letter displayed in the exhibit argued that comic books deter crime.

“The person or persons committing the crime always gets caught. The fear of this stops crime and stops juvenile delinquency,” the teen wrote in his June 1954 letter to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. “In fact there is not a sufficient number of the comic books on the book stands.”


The United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency was launched in 1953 and in 1954 its hearings took on the case with hearings. Seriously, the United States Senate debated about comic books.

While we might laugh today at how idiotic this all was, it had massive repercussions including the creation of the Comics Code Authority, which was a self-policing set of rules that laid down what could, and could not, be depicted in comic books. The Comics Code was in use until about 2011, and the impact was felt, resulting in the closing of some comic publishers.

The exhibit at the Capitol Visitor Center runs through September 12.

(via Roll Call)

Jeremy Bastian Art Exhibition for Cursed Pirate Girl

Century Guild, the leading Art Nouveau and Symbolist gallery in the world, is opening a West Coast location with a Grand Opening December 1st with an exhibition celebrating one of the most intricate artists of any century, Jeremy Bastian.

Jeremy Bastian uses an ink well and brush to create works that reveal the influence of early American comic art and classical engravings (Winsor McCay, Albrecht Dürer, and Piranesi are all present) while ending in a place that is absolutely contemporary, brilliantly sensitive, and wholly unique.  Like something from a cabinet of curiosities, Bastian’s artworks are only inches in size; the figures and nautical scenarios contain details only visible with a magnifying glass.  For example, one artwork- The Sacking of the Royal City of Cub– is the artist’s largest work to date at only 13.5 x 19 inches and took over 500 hours of brush work.  For the very first time, work from the artist’s graphic novel Cursed Pirate Girl will be on display, and 100 advance copies of the new hardcover collected edition customized with an event bookplate will be available at the reception.

The exhibition will be up for viewing for two weekends, then the gallery will be rehung for a special Holiday Sale featuring period works on paper by Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Egon Schiele, and styles from Arts & Crafts through Expressionism.

Century Guild is a fine art gallery founded in 1999, specializing in Art Nouveau and Symbolist works dating from 1880 through 1920.  After thirteen years of success in Chicago, this exhibition marks the debut of the Culver City location.  Century Guild has placed artworks in museums and top collections around the world; works previously in the Century Guild inventory are on permanent display in The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Reception: December 1, 2012, 6-9 pm
Exhibition: December 2 and December 6-8, 2-8 pm

”Good Grief! A Selection of Original Art from Fifty Years of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

“GOOD GRIEF! A Selection of Original Art from 50 Years of Charles M. Schulz‘s Peanuts” goes on view in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Artist Project Space from September 1 to December 30, 2012. The exhibition features twenty-five examples from Schulz’s lifetime of work, with five strips for each decade.

Peanuts ran for fifty years, debuting on October 2, 1950, and running until February 13, 2000.  Schulz took only one extended holiday during that entire period (for one month, in the winter of 1997).  Otherwise, he worked consistently on the comic until his death, passing away just a day before the last episode saw print.  In total, he produced an astonishing 17, 897 Peanuts strips.

Public activities related to the exhibition include the following two programs:

A Conversation with Jan Eliot on Tuesday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m. Exhibition curator Ben Saunders interviews Jan Eliot about her experiences with Charles Schulz and her own career as the artist of the nationally successful newspaper strip “Stone Soup.”

On Thursday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m., Gary Groth, publisher of Fantagraphics Books and “The Complete Peanuts” and past editor-in-chief of “The Comics Journal,” speaks on the importance of Charles Schulz’s work within the larger tradition of newspaper strip comics. This lecture is co-sponsored by the UO School of Journalism.

“Good Grief” is made possible with funding from the JSMA Academic Support Grant Program, the Coleman-Guitteau OHC Fellowship, and with the help and support of Jean Schulz and the staff of The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.

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Emerald City Comicon was this weekend and nothing crazy came out as far as news, but here’s some other news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Ars Technica – Comics on the iPad: will the new iPad attract paper readers?I’m going with yes.

CBR – ECCC12: Simone on “Batgirl” and DiversitySome interesting bits.

Naples News – Zap! Pow! Bam! The Golden Age of Comic Books ExhibitLooks like a good exhibit.

Your Penn Trafford – Readers still drawn to traditional comic books, local shop owners sayThat’s good to hear…

Kotaku – Sunday Comics – Each week Kotaku posts some great web comics.

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Did you stay up all night to watch the Iowa Caucus results!?  Ok, that might have just been me… well, here’s the comic book news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – The Goon Dies, Relaunches, Turns Gay, Racebends, Gets Religion And Goes Socialist In An Attempt To Get Your Hard Earned DollarToo funny not to link to.

The Beat – DC’s red hood lady gets a name: PandoraLike the music streaming service?

CBLDF – ACLU Asks Missouri Library to Stop Censoring Websites – Yay!

MTV Geek – B-List Breakouts: 12 Characters Primed for the Spotlight In 2012 – Not sure all these are really B-list.

The Wall Street Journal – Tibet Goes KABOOM! – An article covering the “Hero, Villain, Yeti” exhibit.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Swamp of Boredom – The Unwritten Volumes 2, 3 & 4

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Saturday was filled with running errands having to do with San Diego Comic-Con 2011 and the hours are ticking away.  While you prepared for your trip and all of the excitement, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Ridgefield Patch – Top Comic Book Artists to Display Work at UConn Stamford – If you’re in the UConn Stamford area, stop by to check out this display of comic book art.

Con Coverage:

The Beat – SDCC11: The Beat to quiz Frank Miller on Legendary Comics Panel

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Zombie Royal Wedding Print by Tess Fowler

IGN – Check Out the SDCC Exclusive Flashpoint #1

IGN – Kidrobot’s SDCC Goodies

Prism Comics – So Super Duper’s Brian Andersen Debuts Two Comics at San Diego Comic-Con!

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: The Jamal Igle Sketchbook 2011

Sing On San Diego – Comic books beyond Comic-Con: this subject is academic

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Martin’s View – Comic Books of the Week (7/13/11)