Southeast Missouri State University will host a comic book art exhibition, “Heroes, Villains, Monsters,” Nov. 11-Jan. 29 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at its River Campus.
An opening reception is planned for 4-8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Museum.
“Heroes, Villains, and Monsters” will showcase the amazing artworks of comic book artists Rick Burchett, Paul Gulacy, Terese Nielsen and William Stout. The exhibition explores society’s heroic and mythical ideals of heroes, villains and monsters often times blurred and not easily distinguished. From Batman to King Kong, the artworks provide viewers a unique glimpse into the illustrious careers and oeuvre of each of the artists whose images are iconic in popular culture as well as in the comic book industry.
In connection with the exhibit, the Museum will host a Cape Mini-Comic Con Family Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12. This free event includes an artist talk, panel discussions, music performance, vendors, artists’ displays and a comic art drawing contest and display, and is being held in partnership with Cape Comic Con.
In addition, the Museum is offering a Comic Drawing Contest for Kids. Creators ages 8-15 are invited to submit their work, with winning artworks to be exhibited at the Museum through Jan. 29. An entry page may be picked up Oct. 8-28 and must be returned by Nov. 4.
About the featured “Heroes, Villains, Monsters” exhibition artists:
Rick Burchett is an American comic book artist known for his work on such characters as Batman and Superman. He has drawn for both DC and Marvel Comics. He 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.
Paul Gulacy also is an American comic book artist best known for his work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and for drawing one of the first graphic novels, “Eclipse Enterprises’ 1978, Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species” with writer Don McGregor. He is most associated with the 1970s martial-arts/espionage series, Marvel’s “Master of Kung–Fu.” Gulacy has worked for other comic book companies, including Capital Comics, Eclipse Comics, AC Comics, Americomics, Valiant Comics and Dark Horse Comics.
Terese Nielsen is a Nevada-based freelance fantasy artist and illustrator. She is best known for her work on the trading card game Magic: The Gathering. She has also illustrated Marvel graphic novels, one of which was “Ruins,” which she did with her then husband Cliff Nielsen. For Topps Comics she painted several “Xena” covers, as well as “Star Wars” covers for Dark Horse Comics. Endorsed by George Lucas, she was involved in several “Star Wars” pieces for “The New Jedi Order,” published by Del Rey Books.
William Stout is an American fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological art. His paintings have been shown in more than 70 exhibitions, including 12 one-man shows. He has worked on more than 30 feature films, doing everything from storyboard art to production design. He has designed theme parks and has worked in radio with the Firesign Theatre. Stout began his professional career in 1968 with his cover and illustrations for the first four issues of the pulp magazine “Coven 13.” In 1971, he began to assist Russ Manning on the “Tarzan of the Apes” newspaper strips and Eisner Award-winning graphic