People of Illinois! Paul Karasik is going to be giving a pretty sweet looking series of lectures to accompany his (dare I say) even sweeter looking exhibition on graphic novel realism at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum...
Here's the description of the exhibit:
Guest curated by Eisner Award winning graphic novelist, artist, and former co-editor of Raw, Paul Karasik, Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics feature the work of contemporary cutting-edge creators of non-traditional, full-length graphic novels and shares some of the workings behind their creative process. About the exhibition, Paul Karasik writes: "Making comics is serious business. These seven artists are united by a rigorous working process utilizing a variety of source materials that ground their comics in the real world, no matter how fantastic their tales." Featured in the exhibition are Joyce Farmer, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Jason Lutes, Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, Seth, and James Sturm.
As for the events, read 'em and weep (with joy?):
Wednesday March 21st, 7:15 pm in Altgeid 315
Adaptation: Karasik examines the process of creating the graphic adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass
Thursday March 22nd, 12 - 1 pm in Campus Life 100
The Ride Together - Brownbag lecture: Karasik shares insight into the collaborative process of writing a book about autism in the family.
Thursday March 22nd, 4:30 - 6 pm in the Museum
The exhibition reception, what we like to call a vernissage around these parts.
Thursday March 22nd, 6 pm in Altgeid 315
How to Read a Comic: Karasik examines the basic language of the comics through deconstruction of a few classic comics.
If you can't make it to the talks, don't worry too much and start scheming to get to De Kalb, Illinois. The exhibit is up from today, March 20th, to May 25th.