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A Story I Need to Tell: 3 Comics Artists in Chicago

Opening Reception Saturday, August 11, 6 – 10pm

Exhibit Runs August 11 – September 1, 2018

Curated by Gretchen Hasse

Gene Ha began his career in comics drawing superheroes for Marvel (X-Men, Captain America etc) and DC Comics (Superman, Justice League etc). During this time Gene won 4 Eisners, the highest award in American comics. Three of these were for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners.

Gene’s latest is Mae, a Young Adult scifi graphic novel set in Gene’s home state of Indiana. Ha is both writer and artist on this project, currently in its second volume.

Ash H.G. is a cartoonist, illustrator, and painter living and working in Chicago, IL. After completing his raw and visceral 93-page graphic novel, Children of the Black Circus, in 2016, Ash began talking with comics publisher 2dcloud about reworking the story to create a new graphic novel. This new and untitled revisioning of the story is currently underway.

Gretchen Hasse is a storyteller working in comics, collage, public art, and moving images. Her work is primarily about resilience. She is drawn to stories and images that describe perseverance through pain, and knows that a dark sense of humor, a keen eye for social criticism, and the diligence to work for change are essential tools for survival.

Gretchen writes and lllustrates the webcomic Freaks’ Progress, and is a founding member of Agitator – a co-operative gallery.

Also,  see production art from the multimedia meta-narrative phenomenon ShineFiend by artist ezarago. See the project itself at our animation screening on August 24!