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BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art behind Graphic Novels

September 9, 2017 - January 28, 2018

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BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art behind Graphic Novels celebrates the art and literature of graphic novels. Toured by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) in Abilene, it features several of today’s leading graphic novelists, featuring illustrations from  Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Lincoln Pierce and Raina Telgemeier.  The exhibition showcases artwork from such iconic books as Baby Mouse, Big Nate, Lunch Lady, Brody’s Ghost and Smile.

Matthew Holm: Visit, Book Signing & Talk

November 6, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Irving Arts Center’s Dupree Theater, Free 
Meet the best-selling author and illustrator Matthew Holm, creator of BabyMouse and Squish!  Matthew will be on hand to discuss his creative process, and specifically some of his works which are on display in the Bam! It’s a Picture Book exhibition through January 28 at Irving Arts Center.  The Friends of the Irving Library will be on-site with copies of Holm’s graphic novels available for purchase.  Don’t miss a chance to have the author sign, and maybe even draw you a little something!   

Rise in Popularity
Graphic novels have gained immense popularity in recent years and are among the fastest growing categories in publishing and bookselling, according to the American Library Association. More varied in content than their early counterparts, graphic novels have gained a new level of respectability.  They have been the subject of several scholarly studies, a popular choice for museum exhibitions, and even earned a Pulitzer Prize—awarded in 1992 to Art Speiglman’s Maus.

Evolution of the Graphic Novel
Storytelling through pictures of course is a very old art form. The cave paintings of ages past and hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt offer early examples. The graphic novel as a format of entertainment came at the dawn of the Industrial Age with the first major graphic novel, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, published in the U.S. in 1842.  The first collected edition of The Yellow Kid cartoons in book form (published in 1897) is recognized as the first financially successful graphic novel. In the last century, popular comic heroes have emerged such as Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and X-Man and DC Comics Batman and Superman.  

Kryptonite notwithstanding, the graphic novel’s rise should certainly continue into the next century.

Gallery Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.


September 9, 2017
January 28
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Irving Arts Center


Dupree Lobby
3333 North MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75062 United States
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