This Saturday, May 24, the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, is hosting Superhero Saturday, a day of free programming and events to celebrate comics! CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be on hand for a very special presentation about the censorship of comics.
Superhero Saturday starts at 1:00 p.m. and is held in conjunction with “Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum,” an exhibit showcasing the art collection of Shelton Drum. From the museum website:
Shelton Drum, owner of the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic book store and founder of the renowned annual Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, brings William King Museum of Art a vast array of original comic book art from his private collection. With the help of Neil Bramlette, founder of Bristol’s Out of Step Arts Collective, classic comics, private commissions, and original pages showcasing key artists from the 1950s and 60s as well as artists working today will be on display for the first time. Featuring comic arts past and present, this exhibit is full of recognizable characters that are sure to surprise and delight fans and newcomers alike.
At 2:00 p.m., attendees can join Brownstein for the following discussion:
Explore the history of censorship in comics with the CBLDF, an organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of comics and the comic industry. Topics of discussion will range from Fredric Wertham’s infamous Seduction of the Innocent, why comics are censored and by whom, and the impact censorship has had on the comic industry.
Superhero Saturday also features live art from local comics artist Brett Marcus Cook, art activities for children, and delicious BBQ and burgers. Members of the Out of Step Arts Collective, which includes several visual artists who work in the comics medium, will also be on hand with comics and related merchandise.
Join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein May 24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for Superhero Saturday at the William Kind Museum of Art (415 Academy Drive, Abingdon, Virginia). You can RSVP and get more details on Facebook.