Comic Belief

The Lab’s new exhibit is a real cultural draw.

Remember hunting through those musty used comic-book stores, or watching Batman and Robin walking up the side of a building, or strapping on a cape and skinning your bony elbows after leaping off the couch? From Heath Ledger’s posthumously grinning sociopath to Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, comics have grown from a silly childhood pastime to art in their own right, from pulp fiction to cultural gravity.

Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Lab at Belmar, 404 South Upham Street in Lakewood, curators and artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings discuss Your Life in Comics: Comics as Art, the first in a four-part lecture series tackling comics’ larger influence on modern culture. “It corresponds with an exhibit that we have in our main gallery called Out of Sequence, which features under-represented voices in American comics,” says Sarah Skeen, the Lab’s manager of development and operations. “We wanted to extend that idea into a series of programs that focuses on the different ways comic books have found their way into modern life. With the exhibit and program series, we wanted to show the range and depth of how comics have touched people’s lives.”

Admission for each program is $10; for more information, call 303-934-1777 or go to www.belmarlab.org.
Thursdays, 6 p.m. Starts: Feb. 5. Continues through Feb. 5, 2009

 
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