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The Artist’s Experience: from Brotherman to Batman

June 15, 2022 @ 8:00 am - October 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Image by Denys Cowan and Dawud Anyabwile

The Society of Illustrators has announced a dynamic installation on display in the museum that delves between the pages of comic books and explores the artists’ process. “The Artist’s Experience: From Brotherman to Batman” on display from June 15 through October 29, 2022. The exhibit celebrates some of the top African-American artists in the comic book industry, and was co-curated by renowned culture journalist and writer Karama Horne (Marvel’s Protectors of Wakanda: A History and Training Manual of the Dora Milaje) and Eisner Award-nominated artist and writer Shawn Martinbrough (How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, Thief of Thieves, Red Hood), whose work will be featured along with over sixteen other talented artists.

“This exhibit is a rare look into the creative process of some of the most talented artists of the comic book industry. It will be an eye opening experience for fans. It was for me.” – Shawn Martinbrough.

This special exhibition showcases the works of independent and mainstream creators, such as Dawud Anyabwile, co-founder of the landmark Brotherman Comics, the longest running, independently published American Black comic book and Eisner Award-winning, DC Comics and Marvel artist Denys Cowan, co-founder of Milestone Media.

“It was really important to me to show the diversity within the Black sequential artist community. From “Big Two” caped crusaders to independent storytelling and even webcomics, there are varying art styles featured and I love that.” – Karama Horne

Also featured are Eisner Award-winning artists Afua Richardson (Black Panther World of Wakanda, HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Alitha Martinez (Batgirl, World of Wakanda) and John Jennings (Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower), as well as veteran artists Larry Stroman (Alien Legion, X-Factor) and Darryl Banks (Green Lantern).

Artwork from award-winning artist Ronald Wimberly, founder of the experimental art magazine THE LAAB (whose Prince of Cats graphic novel is currently being adapted to film by Spike Lee), Khary Randolph, Jamal Igle, Micheline Hess, Sanford Greene, Eric Battle, Marcus Williams, Chuck Collins, Damion Scott and Robyn Smith will all be on display, as well.


June 15, 2022 @ 8:00 am
October 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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