Visiting Comic Book Artist to Share His Talents with Southeast Students

Cape Comic Con logoCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 31, 2016 – Rick Burchett, a Southeast Missouri State University graduate and comic book artist, will visit Southeast Missouri State University’s Catapult Creative House, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau, April 14 for a talk and a community oriented workshop.

A student and University group session will take place from 9:30 a.m.–noon, and a community session is planned for 2-4:30 p.m. These will feature an artist talk followed by a comic book drawing workshop. The workshops will offer attendees the opportunity to explore not only the artist component but also the storytelling and writing component found in comic books. Provided with the assistance of Cape Comic Con, the events are free on a first come first serve basis.

Attendees are welcome to attend the morning or afternoon sessions but to keep either session from overcrowding, participants are asked to attend the session which applies to their group. To reserve a seat, please contact the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at (573) 651-2260 or museum@semo.edu.

The talks and workshops will precede Burchett’s appearance as a guest artist at this year’s Cape Comic Con April 15-17 at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau.

Burchett began his artistic career in St. Louis, Missouri, after graduating from Southeast in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in art education and a minor in English. He completed his early professional comics work at First Comics, Pacific Comics, Capital Comics and AC Comics on titles including “Black Diamond,” “E-Man,” “American Flagg!,” “Great American Western” and “The Phantom.” Moving to DC Comics, as well as the DC imprints Impact Comics and Vertigo, Burchett’s first work for the company was on “Blackhawk,” followed by titles like “Batman,” “The Flash,” “Superman,” “Black Hood,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Justice League” and “Green Lantern.”

Burchett received the Eisner Award, which is given for creative achievement in American comic books, in 1996 and in 1998 with Paul Dini and Ty Templeton for his work on “The Batman and Robin Adventures.” He shared the Eisner Award again in 1999, with Templeton and Terry Beatty, for his work on “Batman: The Gotham Adventures.”

In 2006, he became the ongoing penciler on Marvel Comics’ “She-Hulk” with writer and former “Batman Adventures” collaborator Dan Slott. In 2011, he was the artist for “The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” the comic book tie-in to the “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” animated television series.

His most recent work is a web comic with Greg Rucka called “Lady Sabre” (www.ineffableaether.com), and a new mini-series from Action Lab called “Gravedigger,” with writer Chris Mills.

For more information, contact Peter Cuong Nguyen, museum director at (573) 651-2260 or museum@semo.edu.