Included in the Festival will be:
• a book discussion of the graphic novel, “Superman: Secret Identity,” lead by Joe Sutliff Sanders, K-State
• a presentation by Bryan Dietrich, Newman University, “Drawn to Marvel: Pop-Classicism and the Poetry of Comics”
• a behind the scenes look at the making of the graphic novel, “Capote in Kansas,” by author Ande Parks of Baldwin City
• a more scholarly exploration of the topic via Assistant Professor Sanders entitled, “A Gleeful Science of Comics”
• a historical view of underground comics and how to create your own “comix” given by Hutchinson artist John Eberly
Comic art by Hutchinson as Smallville advocate, Christopher Wietrick, will be on display, as well as some action figures and comic memorabilia.
The festival will build on the “Hutchinson as Smallville” movement. It is designed to connect patrons with each other, with area artists and with scholars, says Project Director Annette Smith. The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), Topeka, recently awarded the Hutchinson Public Library $2,406.00 in support of the “festival.
“KHC Humanities Grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage audiences with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The presentations invite participants to make connections between pop culture literature and their community. What a great event for Kansas’ ‘Superman city!’”
The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
The Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival is free and open to the public. To learn more about the festival, visit the library’s web site, www.hutchpl.org. To register for the book discussion of “Superman: Secret Identity” contact Annette Smith, 620-663-5441, ext. 132 or e-mail email@example.com.