Vestal Museum Opening – A Career In Comics

I had a great time at the Vestal Museum opening of my exhibit “A Career In Comics” and thought I’d give a quick recap of the event held on June 24.

I’d been working on putting the exhibit together for the last few months with the museum director, Cherese Rosales; much of that time was spent by me going through my art archives and trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to focus on.  The space in the museum was limited to about 100 pieces with two main rooms, so I ultimately decided to showcase the two main strata of my cartooning work to date: my comic strip, Plato’s Republic, and my graphic novel work, Kid Beowulf.

Prior to the opening I’d been in touch with some of the local news organizations to help promote the exhibit.  When I arrived in town I took a trip to WBNG where I would be interviewed by Kara Conrad for her “Around the Tiers” show (Vestal is in the Southern Tier of New York state). Check out the nice welcome at the station (sadly, I missed Pastor Terry in the hallway).

I’ve never been in a television station before so it was a neat experience (and a little weird).   The host, Kara Conrad, was great and clearly knows what she’s doing when it comes to a good interview. Check it out below!

My full court press on the news didn’t stop there though, as the next morning I woke up to a front page, above-the-fold, picture of myself in the local newspaper The Press & Sun Bulletin – that was unexpected!

Reporter, Katie Sullivan did a great job on the story, which you can read in its entirety here.

I guess I wasn’t the only one who saw the paper, because when I got to the museum for the opening it was jam-packed with people!  It was a real thrill to meet everyone and I was very appreciative that they all came out to see my work.  One fellow was a long-time Peanuts fan and we spoke about our mutual love of Charles Schulz’s work.

I gave a presentation about my journey as a cartoonist and then followed it up with a cartooning class for kids; it was fun to teach a room full of eager students.

The best part of the day might have been when my high school art teacher, Mrs. Corgel stopped in. Both Cherese and I spent a lot of time in the Art Room with our favorite teacher so to see her again after all these years was especially meaningful.

Finally, we wrapped up the day with a book signing and an impromptu interview with another local news station!

The whole weekend was a whirlwind ride and I’m still a little in shock the whole thing turned out as well as it did!  I want to send a special thanks to the Vestal Museum Director, Cherese Rosales, who from the start, knew the exhibit would be a hit.

If you are in the Vestal/Binghamton area of New York this summer hop on over to the Vestal Museum to check out the exhibit, it will be up until August 26th.  There is also a special edition Museum Catalog available that showcases all the artwork and features my comics process and journey as a cartoonist.

In the meantime, here’s a quick tour of the museum and exhibit on display!