Original "Cerebus" Art On Display in Salt Lake City August 21st - October 30th

Tue, August 15th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Night Flight Comics is pleased to announce an

upcoming exhibition of over seventy original pages from the

groundbreaking independent comic book series, Cerebus. 'Ye Bookes of

Cerebus: the Comic Art of Dave Sim and Gerhard' officially opens on

Monday, August 21st 2006 at 9:00 a.m. Thirty-five of the original art

pieces will be on display at The City Library main branch lower urban

room, with the rest of the exhibit at both Night Flight Comics locations

and will remain on display through October 30, 2006. An artist's

reading, Q&A, autograph session and gallery walk on Friday, October 27th

2006 starting at 1:00 p.m. At the event, Dave Sim will discuss the

Cerebus project, his massive 26-year long, 300-issue publishing history,

and the religious themes that make up the core of the exhibition.

Background artist Gerhard will also be discussing his work on the

series, the intricately detailed backgrounds that create the

extraordinarily realistic world in which the series takes place.

Cerebus was the longest running independent comic ever published. At six

thousand pages in length, it is the single longest graphic novel in the

comic book medium; arguably, the longest sustained narrative in human

history. Over seventy pages from this remarkable, and sometimes

controversial, work will be on display, focusing on many of the

religious themes that highlighted the later years of the book and

culminating with a dramatic and unique retelling of the Story of Creation.

The series began in December of 1977 as a parody of the popular Conan

the Barbarian comic. Sim quickly evolved as a writer and storyteller and

began to tackle larger themes such as politics, religion, gender

relations, and creator's rights. At the same time, the artwork of Sim

and background artist Gerhard was consistently some of the best in the

medium and garnered numerous awards. Most recently, Sim and Gerhard won

the 2005 Shuster Award (named after Superman co-creator Joe Shuster) for

Best Canadian Achievement in Comics for the Cerebus project.

By the time the series ended in March 2004, Sim and Gerhard had worked

together for over two hundred issues of Cerebus, an unprecedented

achievement that more than doubled the one hundred issues of The

Fantastic Four created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s.

This exhibition is organized with curator for the Regina A. Quick Center

for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University Jason Trimmer and will feature

work from three of the sixteen books that make up the entirety of the

Cerebus series – Rick's Story, Latter Days, and The Last Day. All of

these pages showcase one of the most unique properties of the comic

medium, which is its equal emphasis on words and pictures working

together. As writers and artists began to explore more mature subject

matter in comic books, starting in the mid-seventies, they also began to

explore the dynamics between how the words and pictures on a page

interact and affect the reader. For more than twenty years, Sim and

Gerhard have been among the preeminent innovators of this dynamic in the

comic book medium and the pages on display reflect several different

approaches they have taken.

Combining stylistic innovation, humor, and the revelations offered by

one man's intensely personal spiritual journey, 'Ye Bookes of Cerebus:

The Comic Art of Dave Sim and Gerhard' promises to be a unique and

thought-provoking experience.

Admission to the exhibit areas are free and open to the public during

regular open hours. For more information, call Mimi Cruz 801.272.8343


Ye Books of Cerebus Art Exhibition organized by the Regina A. Quick

Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University Jason Trimmer, Curator.

About the University: St. Bonaventure is the nation's premier Franciscan

university and ranks in the top 20 percent in U.S. News & World Report's

college ranking of Northern Universities – Master's. It has a history of

accomplishment and service that extends back nearly 150 years. At the

heart of St. Bonaventure University is the Franciscan affirmation of the

dignity and worth of the entire created order. Fundamental to this

vision is an awareness that it is within relationships and community

that individuals discover and develop their potential.

Night Flight Comics

@Library Square - 210 East 400 South

Salt Lake City UT 84111

Tel: 801.532.1188

Night Flight Comics

Cottonwood Mall - 4835 So. Highland Dr.

Salt Lake City UT 84117-6013

Tel: 801.272.8343


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