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Beautiful Monsters: The Art of Emil Ferris

July 31 - October 9

“Emil Ferris is one of the most important comics artists of our time.” — Art Spiegelman (Maus)

Exhibit Details:

On display in the Main Floor Gallery.

An Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, August 15th. More details coming soon…

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two is published by Fantagraphics and available to purchase beginning May 28, 2024.

In the highly anticipated My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two, the densely layered artwork of Emil Ferris transports us to Chicago in 1968, a year of violence and protest. Against this backdrop, 10-year-old Karen Reyes continues her private investigation into the murder of her beautiful neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor. In a story where everyone in this complex cast of characters has a secret, no one is as they seem.

“The novel tackles race, gender, and what it means to be ‘monstrous’ in big and small ways. It could not be more relevant to today’s climate.”
Mother Jones

Ferris draws in a unique style, using ball-point pen on notebook paper, with a dynamic sense of timing and rhythm. Educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ferris finds inspiration in both classic paintings and horror comics. Beautiful Monsters will include original character portraits, variations on classic paintings, saints, wolves, architecture, scary clowns, and a whole gallery of monster posters.

Curated by Kim Munson, editor of the Eisner nominated anthology Comic Art in Museums, curator of Women in Comics and Collen Doran Illustrates Neil Gaiman.

“No one has ever made a comic like Emil Ferris’s assured, superhumanly ambitious two-part debut graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.…It threatens not merely to exceed established standards of excellence, but to set new ones.”
The Guardian


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October 9
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