The Bankhead Theater in Livermore is displaying a collection of colorful and striking visual illustrations in its new exhibit, "Comic Crossing: The Art of the Graphic Narrative".
Opening last week and running until Oct. 8 at the UNCLE Credit Union Art Gallery at the Bankhead, the exhibit promises a look into the world of comic books, graphic novels and creativity. Livermore Valley Arts officials said the art will be lively and eye-catching.
"This multimedia art exhibit features a collection of visually stunning and emotionally compelling graphic novels, comics, and illustrations," LVA representatives said in a statement. "Some comics will make viewers chuckle, and some will make viewers think."
"Comic Crossing: The Art of the Graphic Narrative" showcases artifacts of classic and modern examples of comics, from Flash Gordon to Spider-Man.
Part of the exhibit will highlight the design and creative process of select artists, such as Jessica Nagel and Thom See.
For the gallery, Nagel is showing video clips of her working and designing on a current graphic novel project.
See, a retired software engineer, has an interactive display using artificial intelligence. Viewers will be able to change a four-frame story by playing with various AI prompts.
Typically, See works with acrylic painting in the form of abstract art and expressionism.
The Founders Room at the Bankhead displays artists in the fantasy style of graphic novels, such as Livermore artist Doug Sandelin.
To coincide with the gallery's exhibit, LVA will also be hosting a ComicCon event this Saturday (July 22) at the Bankhead Plaza. The exhibit and ComicCon event are both free to attend.
The Livermore ComicCon event will feature a costume contest, shopping booths and activities for children. Organizers have said it aims to entertain those new to graphic novels and longtime fans as well.
Find out more about "Comic Crossing: The Art of the Graphic Narrative" at livermorearts.org.