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Sequential Self: Female, Non-Binary, Trans, and Queer Voices in Comics and Zines

Eastfield College Arts Collective

The Galleries at Eastfield College present Sequential Self: Female, Non-Binary, Trans, and Queer Voices in Comics and Zines, an exhibition focusing on underrepresented artists in the genre of comics and zines.  Female, Non-Binary, Trans, and Queer voices, though not new to the comics genre, have existed at the margins while predominantly cis white male voices and characters were the focus of mainstream comics. Since the recent growth in diversity among comic artists and writers, there are now more voices and stories that reflect a variety of experiences and identities. This exhibition illuminates some of the powerful voices and innovative stories in the contemporary age of comics.

As recent national exhibitions devoted solely to the genre have proven, comics are a medium in their own right.  Though the superhero genre still dominates the walls of most comic book shops, there is a developing interest in stories that are more reflective of the readership.  Driven by new and diverse audiences, more comic book shops and small bookstores are carrying works by emerging cartoonists and comic authors.  Sequential Self displays a small sampling of the great work made by these diverse creators.

Much of the work that exists outside the big name comic publishers feature personal storylines, often autobiographical and sometimes closely linked to the artist’s identity or intimate life. The eleven artists/authors in Sequential Self wrestle with concepts including, friendship, war, coming of age, queer experience, racial tensions, and online dating, while also moving away from grandiose fictitious scenarios, to more realistic ones grounded in personal experiences.

Included in the exhibition are works by Sophie Campbell, KD Diamond, Robin Elan and L.M. Zoller, Melanie Gillman, Sarah Glidden, Erika Moen, Erin Nations, Molly Roth, and Christine Suggs.  Sequential Self is curated by Eastfield Gallery Director, Iris Bechtol, and TCU Gallery Manager, Lynné Bowman Cravens.

Exhibition Programming at Eastfield College 

On view April 1-23, 2019

Exhibition Reception: Monday, April 1, 12-1 pm, Gallery 219, Eastfield College                 

Curator Talk with Iris Bechtol and Lynné Bowman Cravens

Wednesday, April 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Gallery 219, Eastfield College

Christine Suggs, drop-in art making and meet the artist

Monday, April 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Gallery 219, Eastfield College

Melanie Gillman, artist lecture

Monday, April 22, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, G102, Eastfield College

Gallery hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  For additional information about the exhibition, please contact Iris Bechtol at 972-860-7329 or [email protected]


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