Thursday, April 20, 2006

Comic Art Collection of M. Thomas Inge on Display at Randolph-Macon College, VA

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...


To us mortal men and women, that's Professor M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. An incredibly widely published authority on American literature (see, for example, his forthcoming book William Faulkner: Overlook Illustrated Lives), Tom also was - and continues to be - one of the pioneers in academic comics research in America. Given Tom's wide-ranging interests (and impeccable taste), this exhibit is sure to be a treat. From the official description:
Take a stroll through a diverse and detailed collection of 20th-century comic art, on display at Randolph-Macon College’s Flippo Gallery in Pace-Armistead Hall, located at 211 North Center St., from Sunday, April 23 and through Sunday, June 9. This special collection, belonging to R-MC humanities professor Thomas Inge, includes more than 50 works, many of which are original drawings. The exhibit also includes several signed, limited edition prints, as well as pieces by artists such as George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) and Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), among many others, including the image above of Tom Inge as “Superman” by Richmond artist Chris Pitzer.
More information, including contact details, is available here.

Besides being an influential scholar and connoisseur of comic art, Tom is also a supportive mentor and a wonderful friend. I know for a fact that one "piece" he has in his collection is the complete art to Charles Vess' adaptation of "Snow White," because Kate and I were there last month to see Charles hand it to him. Sure wish we could be there for the opening reception on April 23rd...


Blogger C. Margery Kempe said...

Ditto on everything -- including the wish that we could be there Sunday! Ah well -- I guess we can't be everywhere we want to be (is that a Visa commercial?). Hey, is Randolph-Macon on our route back north? Hmmmm...

4/21/2006 11:44 AM  

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