"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
SAN DIEGO– Comic books are having a moment. From blockbuster films to independent comic shops, this important art form never seems to lose its audience’s enthusiasm. Join Adam Smith, Director of the upcoming Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture; Patrick Yurick of makingcomics.com; Robert Scott, owner and operator of Comikaze in Liberty Station; and Lorelei Bunjes, Vice President of Digital Services at IDW Publishing, as they discuss the influence of comic books, their role in popular culture, and their own professional practice within the field. Pre-Program Activity – Upcycle comic books and create your own one-of-a-kind comic bookmark. Mingei International Museum 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 $5 / Free for Members / Tickets available at the door For more information, go to Mingei.org/summer or contact Shannon Foley, Manager of Education, 619-704-7495, email@example.com This program is part of a project supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Quick Grant. Also check out the Exhibition Voluminous Art for which this is an associated event. VOLUMINOUS ART – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries will celebrate the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing. The oldest work on view will be a manuscript volume on the art and science of spelling from the 1200s. Many of the books will have been printed during the first 50 years after Gutenberg’s breakthrough with movable type, including the Nuremberg Chronicle. There will also be a portfolio of colored pictures hand drawn by a Kiowa Indian named Koba while he was imprisoned at a military facility in St. Augustine, Florida in 1876. To honor his San Diego legacy, we will include a Dr. Seuss book with an original drawing by Theodor Geisel. Finally, there will be multiple examples of so-called artists’ books – contemporary creations,usually in very small, one-off editions of eccentric art works.