“Our Comics, Ourselves” exhibition preview


By Dinanda Pramesti, Lifestyle Editor

A new comic exhibition, “Our Comics, Ourselves” curated by Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson from Brooklyn, has opened up in Fenwick from August 21 until October 6th displaying a variety of comic books, graphic novels, and zines that cater to diverse groups. Most of the groups that are expressed in these comics are minority groups whose artistic work and identity are not always represented.

For example, the works explore LGBTQ themes, feminism, abortion, racism, cultural identity, immigration, along with a plethora of other themes. They portray the complex intersections between people’s identities to explain that we do not live single-issue lives. “‘Our Comics, Ourselves’” presents the stories that describe the complexity and diversity of our collective experience,” per the website.

The comics and graphic novels were from 1945 up until present day, primarily from the United States. It examines and tackles social issues that developed during those eras.

Along with the exhibition, comes plenty of events, lectures, and workshops that is held at Mason and Washington, DC. Such events are:

Our Comics, Ourselves: Curator’s Talk and Opening Reception

Friday, September 15, 6-9pm

Fenwick Library Reading Room / Fenwick Gallery

Our Comics, Ourselves: Comics for Breakfast with Ed Luce

Monday, September 18, 10:00am

Fenwick Library Reading Room

Our Comics, Ourselves: Art World/Comic World with Edie Fake

Thursday, September 21, 2:00pm

Fenwick Library Reading Room

Our Comics, Ourselves: D.I.Y. Comics & Zines Workshop

Thursday, September 28, 2-4pm

Gateway Library, Johnson Center

Fantom Comics: Local Authors Reading

Saturday, September 30, 7:00pm

Fantom Comics, 2010 P Street NW, Washington D.C.

Our Comics, Ourselves: Keynote and Closing Reception with Spike Trotman

Tuesday, October 3, time TBA

The HUB Ballroom, George Mason University