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I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art

March 16 – July 21, 2013


Reception Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 5:00-8:00pm

Visual Stories and Narrative Art

Reception April 28th 2013 5pm – 8pm

Book signings with Christian Robinson’s (Rain!) and Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen (The Dark)
Special guests Roman Muradov, Christian Robinson, Dasha Tolstikova and Gabrielle Gamboa!
This event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, April 28th the Cartoon Art Museum hosts a reception in celebration of the artists’ visual stories and narrative art on display in the current exhibition I SEE WHAT YOU SAY.

The reception includes a wide array of activities including: a photo op at our “artist’s table” installation with mural by Roman Muradov, a raffle of fine art prints, tote bags, calendars, greeting cards and more, and a nametag drawing activity led by Small Press Spotlight artist Gabrielle Gamboa. Plus music, libations, and screenings of animation and book trailers by Jon Klassen and Christian Robinson!

Special guests Jon Klassen, Roman Muradov, Christian Robinson, and Dasha Tolstikova will be signing their new books and zines.  The elusive author Lemony Snicket, a habitual Klassen collaborator, is also scheduled to appear.  This event will have plenty for the young and the young at heart to enjoy!

There are many ways to tell a story. It doesn’t need “Once upon a time” or “happily ever after.” It doesn’t need any words at all. A story doesn’t need a beginning, middle, or end, but it might need a collection of pages, a series of visuals, or just one perfect image.

I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art explores narrative as expressed through a wide range of illustrative media — in picture books, comics, editorial art, and beyond. The participants are not just artists, but storytellers, joining their artistic practices with their own narrative styles. Every approach is different. Every technique is different. Every story is something to see.

Contributors include some of the most wonderfully versatile visual storytellers at work today. Artists include:

Lilli Carré, an artist and illustrator working in the forms of experimental animation, comics, and print. Her newest collection of visual short stories is Heads or Tails.

Eleanor Davis, a cartoonist and editorial illustrator. Her books include the childrens’ comic, Stinky and contributions to Fantagraphics’ MOME.

Vanessa Davis, an illustrator and cartoonist known for her autobiographical comics. She is a contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, and her newest book is Make Me a Woman.

Carson Ellis, whose work can be seen illustrating The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, Dilweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and the Wildwood series by her husband, Colin Meloy.

Jon Klassen, a writer and illustrator of picture books including This Is Not My Hat, which received the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 2013, and Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

Roman Muradov, a comic and editorial artist, whose clients include The New Yorker and The New York Times. His first graphic novel, (In A Sense) Lost & Found, will be out this fall.

Aaron Renier, a cartoonist and illustrator known for his children’s graphic novels Spiral Bound and The Unsinkable Walker Bean.

Christian Robinson, a picture book illustrator, animator, and art teacher. His latest book is Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renee Watson.

Craig Thompson, a graphic novelist whose books include Good-bye, Chunky Rice, Carnet de Voyage, Blankets, and Habibi.

Dasha Tolstikova, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in illustration. Clients include Enchanted Lion Books and Ladybug Magazine.

Sara Varon, a printmaker, graphic novelist, and picture book author. Her books include Sweater Weather, Chicken and Cat, and Odd Duck, with Cecil Castellucci.

Angie Wang, an illustrator and cartoonist. Her clients include The New Yorker, Taschen, and Wired Magazine. She works for the Cartoon Network.

The exhibition opens on March 16, 2013 and runs through July 7, 2013 at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. A public reception will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 5 pm, and will include appearances by guest contributors Jon Klassen, Roman Muradov, and Christian Robinson, among others. Christian will be signing his new book, Rain! by Linda Ashman, and Jon will be joined by local author Lemony Snicket to sign their new picture book, The Dark.  This reception is free and open to the public.



Comment from Jane Wattenberg
Time March 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Brilliant Curating!

Comment from James Lampert
Time April 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Hmm. Seems to me that an exhibition on visual storytelling that “doesn’t need any words at all” would not be complete without something from Roy (“Wordless Workshop”) Doty.

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Time August 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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