Richard Rubenfeld is a Professor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), which is just down the road a piece from my employer: the huge-football-stadium with a Great-Public-Institution attached to it. Hee. Go Blue.
Richard is in the art department, and has put on two pretty nice exhibits of comic art at EMU in the last few years. He's more of a fanboy who happens to be at a University (takes one to know one) rather than a Akademic who studies the form.
2001: What a Hoot: Comic Art!
2004: Holy Moley: More Comic Art at EMU
You can see something of the shows at http://www.comicartville.com/holymoley.htm
I introduced myself to Richard after the last exhibit: "If you ever, whaddyacall, want to include any of Dave and Ger's work in one of these exhibits..."
Got this nice note from Richard this morning:
I am working on my next comic art exhibition at EMU. "Leapin' Lizards: Comic Art Returns to EMU" will open on November 6th and run through mid January. It will be the inaugural exhibition in the new university art gallery located in the new, soon-to-be open, student union. Once again, I am looking for important art for my show.
When we met a few years ago, I learned of your collection of Dave Sim originals. I would love to include a Cerebus original in the show.
We will cover the costs of shipping and handling or pick up and return the art to you. Work will be insured by the university for its current market value. Art will be stored in a secured location and exhibited securely as well in the gallery. Gallery guards will be present when the exhibition is open for public visitation.
I am working on a syposium that will occur the evening of November 9th. Thus far my panel is Rod Gilchrist, Director, Museum of Cartoon Art, San Francisco; Phoebe Gloeckner, UM faculty and author of Diary of a Teenage Girl; Draper Hill, longtime editorial cartoonist for the Detroit News; Jef Mallett, artist/creator of the syndicated strip, Frazz; and Mike Royer, veteran comic book artist and Disney character designer.
I hope you will be willing to let us show your art.
Hope you are having an enjoyable summer.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Now, given that there are many (beaucoup, that is) choices for "a Cerebus original" (ugh), I -of course- sent back back (along with an enthusiastic 'yes,' of course) a number of "OPTIONS" for him to select from, along with a short rationale for why one might select it.
OK, you know where the link to my collection is... what would be your advice to Richard for "a Cerebus original" to include in his exhibit? And you might as well include some multiple page options (let's be obvious for a moment: the original versions of issue 29 pp 19-20 and their re-creations, along with Dave's reflections on the nature of the changes, all make some pretty good comic art reading).