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Since the turn of the century\, a heterogeneous cadre of art ists has been churning out contemporary comics (often referred to as comix) in their basements\, bedrooms or studios to a hungry fan base with an insa tiable appetite for their work. Flying below the radar of the general publi c only familiar with superheroes in long-underwear\, this uncategorizable s cene of visionary artists have no guidelines to delineate their work beyond their interest in the intersection of contemporary art\, storytelling and flirting with comic strip conventions.

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Like mainstream comics\, com ix rely on the culmination of narrative language and visual imagery. These artists set themselves apart by coyly playing with conventions. In the curr ent climate\, two approaches predominate but are no means exclusive: those artists that are creating deep\, affecting narratives within the boundaries of traditional comic strip seriality\, and those that push comix to the ex treme--breaking the page\, leaving tape and glue marks in their work\, writ ing in obscure notes to the reader\, and just generally ignoring clean line s and straight-forward story-telling. Strips\, Scripts and Scapes draws fro m these two approaches.

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Today's contemporary comix grow from a dive rse lineage including but not limited to George Herriman\, Will Eisner\, Ch arles Schultz\, R. Crumb\, Gilbert Shelton\, Spain Rodriguez\, Harvey Kurtz man\, Art Spiegelman\, Harvey Pekar and Gary Panter. As the contemporary ar t world has tended to focus on increasing inclusion of up-to-the-minute tec hnology\, many of these artists still rely on or at least reference the han dmade mark-making process. In recent years\, much activity has centered in Southern California\, with standouts including the Comicon convention in Sa n Diego\, Giant Robot magazine and store\, Family Store\, Hope Gallery\, Oo ga Booga and numerous one-off events and zines.

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Work exhibited in S trips\, Scripts\, and ‘Scapes comes from an umbrella cast of artists influe nced by or working in the Southland\, but it is by no means comprehensive. It serves as a tasty sampling of printed\, hand-drawn and collage comix art \, in addition to sculpture and installation work by artists working within the vocabularly of comix. The exhibition features the work of Sammy Harkha m\, Johnny Ryan\, John Pham\, Mike Bertino\, Travis Millard\, Rusty Jordan\ , Souther Salazar\, Brent Harada\, Walt Holcombe\, Martin Cendreda\, Mary F leener (story by Harvey Pekar)\, Taylor McKimens\, Roberta Gregory\, Mark T odd\, Esther Pearl Watson\, and Megan Whitmarsh.

DTEND:20090822 DTSTAMP:20140724T024503 DTSTART:20090622 GEO:33.981805;-117.370465 LOCATION:Riverside Art Museum\,3425 Mission Inn Avenue \nRiverside\, CA 925 01 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Strips\, Scripts and Scapes: Contemporary Comix in Southern Califor nia\, Mike Bertino\, Martin Cendreda\, Mary Fleener (story by Harvey Pekar) \, Roberta Gregory\, Brent Harada\, Sammy Harkham\, Walt Holcombe\, Rusty J ordan\, Taylor McKimens\, Travis Millard\, John Pham\, Johnny Ryan\, Southe r Salazar\, Mark Todd\, Esther Pearl Watson\, Megan Whitmarsh UID:59736 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20090627T210000 DTSTAMP:20140724T024503 DTSTART:20090627T190000 GEO:33.981805;-117.370465 LOCATION:Riverside Art Museum\,3425 Mission Inn Avenue \nRiverside\, CA 925 01 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Strips\, Scripts and Scapes: Contemporary Comix in Southern Califor nia\, Mike Bertino\, Martin Cendreda\, Mary Fleener (story by Harvey Pekar) \, Roberta Gregory\, Brent Harada\, Sammy Harkham\, Walt Holcombe\, Rusty J ordan\, Taylor McKimens\, Travis Millard\, John Pham\, Johnny Ryan\, Southe r Salazar\, Mark Todd\, Esther Pearl Watson\, Megan Whitmarsh UID:59737 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR