Comic Books

Comics Have Come a Long Way Since Blondie and Dagwood

Nov 4, 2016

Say the word cartoonist and most of us picture someone like Charles Schulz or Garry Trudeau drawing on one of those slanted tables. Those working in the comic arts today have options far beyond pen and ink, but while some cartoonists have fully embraced digital technologies, others have faithfully remained traditional. Community Voices producer Will Davis introduces us to two local artists with very different styles.

Epic-Con Ohio combines elements of sci-fi, horror, wrestling, gaming, and car shows for a two-day convention in downtown Dayton.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Epic Con promoter Sheri Yarbrough about the upcoming event.

Epic Con is October 24 and 25th at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Eric Shonborn says that comic books gave him the inspiration to begin practicing drawing and making art as a child.  Shonborn visited the WYSO studios and spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about comics, creating art and staying motivated and his newer pursuit of podcasting.

Find more information on Eric Shonborn's art and his podcasts here: http://www.shonborn.net/

For as long as he can remember, Dayton area native Jason Young has been drawing for as long as he could hold a pencil.  Now he's an established member of the independent comic community with his on-going series, Veggie Dog Saturn.  Young and Silber Media's Brian John Mitchell visited the WYSO studios and spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about their creative process, the independent comic community and more. 

courtesy of the Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute's superhero summer kicks off today with the opening of You Are My Superhero. This special exhibition explores the tradition of comic book superheros and how contemporary artists are putting their own spin on popular characters.

The exhibition is made up of original art and memorabilia on loan from local comic book shops, private collectors and the artists themselves. Dayton Art Institute associate director Jane Black says she's grateful for the positive and quick response she got when the museum started planning the exhibition.