What it’s all about: Final thoughts on the Out of Step exhibit

When I was offered an opportunity to do the Out of Step exhibit at the William King Museum of Art after I started helping them curate Shelton Drum’s original comic art collection exhibit, I wasn’t really sure it was something I wanted to do. I mean, I live in a rural part of Central Appalachia, and while there may be comic book fans here, there are very few people who are into the more “indie” artists I work with through Out of Step Arts. Who would come see it? Would it even be worth the time and effort? Continue reading

Up Next: Heroes Con!

HeroesCon-LogoThat’s right! OOSA will be at Heroes Con 2014 en masse with Ming Doyle, Chris Visions, Andrew MacLean, Alexis Ziritt, Logan Faerber and Paul Maybury all in attendance. Along with original art, prints, books and commissions, there will also be a few debuts for the show.

The kaBOOMbox Volume 1 kaBOOMboxanthology, featuring over 200 pages of work from the OOSA and Brand New Nostalgia collectives will be available for the first time. A whole bunch of the artists who are in the book will be there and would love to sign your copy.

The Package, written by Elliot Blake with art by Alexis Ziritt, will also be available, as will Andrew MacLean’s new book Head Lopper Part Two: The Wolves of Barra.
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I’ll be there as well selling original art from Toby Cypress, Greg Ruth and Nathan Fox (including a new batch of Nathan’s work), plus whatever Liz Subrbia and Toby Cypress OOSA tees I have left.

Heroes Con is such a great show so I hope you’re planning to get to Charlotte, NC June 20th-22nd. It’s not something you’ll want to miss.

OOSA Showcase Museum Exhibit

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Hey folks. I just wanted to let you know about the OOSA showcase exhibit, Out of Step, at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA. The exhibit will run the month of May and will feature a total of 50 pieces from all of the OOSA artists including their work from comics (with art from two 2014 Eisner Award nominated books), illustration jobs and personal projects.

The opening will be May 1st from 6-8 and will be part of Abingdon’s First Thursdays community arts event. As part of the opening, we will be showing a screening of The Drybrush Master. This documentary by Ben Tobin features OOSA artist Greg Ruth and his work on his book The Lost Boy. You’ll be able to see some of the original artwork from the book as part of the exhibit, as well.

If you’re nearby, I hope you can make it to the opening. If you’re from out of town, though, I would suggest you wait until Memorial Day weekend to get the most out of your visit. Why? Well, not only will you get to see the Out of Step exhibit and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Original Art Collection of Shelton Drum exhibit, but you will also be able to hear the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein, give his lecture “The History of Censorship in Comics” on Saturyday, May 24th at 2:00pm. It will be a big day of celebrating comics at the museum, so don’t miss it!

Out of Step displays the diversity of styles and approaches used in visual storytelling, as well as the artistic dexterity of some of the professionals working in the graphic arts. This show features paintings and illustrations from the Out of Step Arts Collective, coordinated by Bristol, Virginia resident Neil Bramlette.

The artists include Greg Ruth, Alexis Ziritt, Ming Doyle, Andrew MacLean, Chris Visions, Logan Faerber, Toby Cypress, Paul Maybury, Liz Suburbia and Nathan Fox. Neil Bramlette founded Out of Step Arts in 2011 to support emerging and established artists with strongly unique styles who are not only interested in working in comics, but also in other artistic fields and mediums, as well. Neil’s eclectic interests in art, music and culture have lead to the formation of a very diverse group of artists from all across the United States.