V for Vendetta, 300, Sin City, Road to Perdition, Watchmen, The Dark Knight, A History of Violence—these are just a few of the recent movies that began their life as graphic novels. The contemporary graphic novel has become a major new literary genre that uses a combination of words and sequential visuals to tell a story. Employing the narrative techniques developed by comic-book artists, and published in book form, these stand-alone stories address an array of thought-provoking subjects, often in unconventional ways. Leading authors and artists are increasingly choosing to express themselves through the graphic novel, and this exhibition presented a wide selection of their work, along with commentary by curators and the artists focusing on the recurring themes, artistic influences, and the cultural climate that impacts the creative process.
Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, this touring exhibit featured over 200 original art works, including paintings, drawings, storyboards, studies, books, photographs, and a documentary film offering insights into the lives of the artists and the nature of their work. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Will Eisner (whose book, A Contract With God is commonly accepted as the first to be called a graphic novel), Peter Kuper, Brian Fies, Milt Gross, Dave Sim, Niko Henrichon, Mark Wheatley, and Marc Hempel.
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