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San Diego Central Library Hosts ‘The Art of Comic-Con’

Comic-Con opens its archives for exhibit

The exhibit

Credit: Comic-Con International

Above: The exhibit "The Art of Comic-Con" offers a sneak peek at Michael Cho’s Comic-Con 2015 Souvenir Book cover, one of the process pieces appearing in the exhibition. This cover celebrates the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. THE SPIRIT and WILL EISNER are Registered Trademarks of Will Eisner Studios, Inc.

Comic-Con is only weeks away but to tide you over The San Diego Public Library will be partnering with Comic-Con International to present The Art of Comic-Con. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando went down to the library for a preview.


Comic-Con is only weeks away but to tide you over the San Diego Public Library will be partnering with Comic-Con International to present "The Art of Comic-Con," opening this Saturday.

For more than four decades Comic-Con has been celebrating as well as creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and the popular arts. Recently, Comic-Con and the San Diego Public Library have been collaborating on projects such as a Comic-Con Book Club. Now, Library Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager Kara West is "geeking" out about the library’s new exhibit.

"It's very exciting," West said at the ninth floor gallery. "We are about to open the 'Art of Comic-Con,' it’s unprecedented access to art that is actually owned by Comic-Con. It is art that was created over their 45-year history."

The exhibit includes original comic book art — all created exclusively for Comic-Con — from more than 60 artists. There's a wall featuring more than 200 covers from Comic-Con programs and guides, a timeline revealing the evolution of the iconic Toucan, and a large mural of Sergio Aragones' 40th anniversary Comic-Con program cover.

In addition the exhibit features a number of “process” pieces, which reveal the process of creating a finished piece of art, including original sketches, thumbnails, pencil and ink art, and final color art.

Cartoonist and Comic-Con favorite Sergio Aragones will be at the opening reception for the exhibit this Saturday at noon at the Art Gallery on the ninth floor of the San Diego Central Library.

Also of note, this year the San Diego Public Library will be hosting panels during Comic-Con and will once again be offering exclusive Comic-Con library cards through their booth, number 2517 on the convention floor.

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