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The world of Graphic Novel art comes to life with new museum exhibit

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute is bringing comic book art to life with a new exhibit.

The new exhibit, titled "LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel," features original artwork from comic books and novels told mostly through illustrations.

200 original paintings, drawings, storyboards, notebooks, comic books, photographs, and a documentary film, offering insight into the lives of the artists and the nature of their work is on display.

Featured artists and writers include industry pioneers Lynd Ward and "The Spirit" creator Will Eisner, as well as contemporary artists that include Sue Coe and Marc Hempel whose illustrations for Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" are also on view.

Published in book form, graphic novels employ words and pictures to address thought-provoking subjects that will serve as the thematic framework for the exhibition.

"Some of them have words with them or the traditional balloons from comic books and some don't have words at all and the viewer has to make the associations," said Curator Mary Murray said.

Museum officials say that commentary by artists and curators focusing on recurring subjects, artistic and cultural influences, and the climate that impacts the creative process will be woven throughout the exhibition where contemporary art meets traditional America.

According to Murray, this is the first time the institute has featured this type of unique exhibit.

The exhibit opens Sunday, March 4 and continues through April 28.

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