Draw Story

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August 05, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art School

Exhibition Overview

American culture has always had a fascinating relationship with comics. Their form and function are fluid and change with time. The boom in superhero movies attests to the genre's ability to adapt and, as a result, their characters have stood the test of time. We are at an age where generations have had different experiences with the same character and to each that character represents something different. A commonality that remains true is that something speaks to our humanity in these characters. No matter how fantastic a storyline might be, a good comic has an entry point for its audience. It speaks to our experiences. 

Most people are unaware of the community of not only comic book lovers but those who are crafting these narratives here on O‘ahu. There is a vast community of creators that are writing and producing narratives that speak to our varied life experiences. Genres here often cross over from the American superhero comic to that of manga, or to more conceptual genres that defy classification. 

When we pick up a comic we are often picking up a version of the artwork that has been prepped for mass production, but we are never privy to the beauty that exists in the process. Draw Story seeks to give audiences a look into what goes into generating these narratives by placing the stages of the process side by side. In doing so we can see the labor and love that goes into every ink mark in every cell and gain a greater appreciation for this artform. 

Opening reception: Aug 5, 5-8pm