Monday, September 8, 2008

Comic art show/expo

Hey class!

Here's some information you might be interested in. It's a small comic expo in conjunction with a big comic art exhibit opening in Champaign, IL. It is being organized by my friends/collaborators Damian Duffy and John Jennings that I mentioned in my little autobiography comic. This particular press release deal mostly with the expo, but the links at the bottom will point you to more information about the art show itself.

Also, if you get the time, check out the Eye Trauma Comix website for some of my previous work.

Krannert Art Museum Invites Comics Creators to The Next Panel Comics Expo

Champaign, IL – Comics creators are invited to show their art and sell their wares at The Next Panel Independent Comics Expo, taking place Friday, October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2008, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

The Next Panel expo will take place in the Link Gallery, adjacent to the University of Illinois Krannert Art Museum, and celebrate the opening weekend of the museum’s Fall 2008 exhibition Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics. The exhibition features 65 comics luminaries, including Dale Messick, Kyle Baker, Colleen Doran, Spike, Stan Sakai, and many more.

Out of Sequence is a ground breaking exhibition of diversity in comics, both as a community of artists and as a medium. “This show is a look at underrepresented demographics of artists and underrepresented forms of comics,” said co-curator John Jennings, “so it’s an incredibly varied mix of artists, styles, and formats.”

There are women creators, minority creators, gay and lesbian creators, webcomics, small press comics, gallery comics, educational comics and virtual reality comics,” added co-curator Damian Duffy. “It really is an historic collection of creators and comics that aren’t often acknowledged in mainstream conceptions of the medium. And, really, a big excuse to show people as many kinds of cool comics as possible, in a setting that recognizes them as an art form.”

The Next Panel Independent Comics Expo gives comics artists the opportunity to promote their work and sell art and books to attendees of Out of Sequence, an event sure to draw audiences from the university, the community, and beyond.

Tables are 6”x3”, and cost $20 for a full table and $10 for a half table. To register for the event, please contact Chris Schaede at the Krannert Art Museum at (217) 244-0516 with your name, address, e-mail, credit card number and expiration date, and preference of table size.

Registration will be open from August 11- September 26, 2008, and space is limited.

For more information on the Next Panel, including a list of local hotels, visit:

For more information on Out of Sequence, including a full list of artists, visit:

Questions concerning registration can be directed to Chris Schaede at the Krannert Art Museum.

All other questions concerning the exhibition and expo can be directed to the curators.

Damian Duffy:, (217) 355-8569

John Jennings:, (217) 419-1071


christa donner said...

Thanks for this great post, Dann!

An FYI to everyone else: this exhibition includes comics by SAIC instructors Stanford Carpenter and I... as well as some work by Dann here.

Also, if you want to sell/represent your own work at the comics expo but don't have enough work to justify a whole table, consider teaming up with some of your classmates/comics friends.

Dann said...

I already have a table and anyone who can't make is more than welcome to give me stuff to sell.