Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday April 14 at 6:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of the important new book, Young Romance: The Best of Simon and Kirby’s Romance Comics. Editor Michel Gagné, curator of the companion exhibition, will discuss this largely overlooked body of work by one of America’s most influential and enduring artists: the incomparable Jack Kirby.
With soldiers returning from long deployments following World War II romance was in the air. The superhero comics that served to inspire patriotism leading up to the global conflict began to lose appeal. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby seized on these emerging sensibilities to create one of the most popular comic book series of all time. Unlike previous comic book genres, the work appealed primarily to women readers. Kirby’s work from this period was mimicked by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and others, and has become emblematic of mid-century American aesthetics.
Curator Michel Gagné will discuss his delicate restoration process at the opening reception on Saturday, April 14. The exhibition will feature enlarged panels from Simon and Kirby’s romance comics together with the original work that followed, as Kirby helped formulate the contemporary comic book genre. The book and exhibition carefully examine the creative process of these uniquely American masters.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. See you all soon.