Comics! Visual Storytelling: Comics and Illustrations by Anne & Jerzy Drozd

Now through January 30, 2012 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Comics are juxtaposed images placed in a deliberate sequence that tell a story. Because comics are made up of panels, the story that they tell is possibly full of holes, but it projects the reader into a world that is portrayed as consistent. This is unique to comics. In no other medium is the observer asked to be such an active participant.

There are many challenges in creating an exhibition of comics art. The most difficult is to find a means of accurately representing the narrative power of the medium while displaying only a page or section of a story. This exhibit combines notes and sketches displayed next to completed pages from the artists' printed works. In this way, a new narrative is created by displaying the creative process. The viewer is invited to read the mind of a cartoonist as they navigate the decision-making process of creating a comics story. By opening up this process, one may witness a narrative seldom seen in comics.

Collaborative husband-and-wife team Jerzy and Anne Drozd have been creating comics together for over a decade. Together they've created "Rocketosaurus!" and "Dino Love," comics featuring dinosaurs doing people things; "The 12/12 Project," a series of tiny improvisational stories based on headlines from the New York Times; and "Tiny Hamilton," the tale of a ham in search of his place in the world.

Jerzy's additional work includes the online graphic novels "The Front," "The Replacements," "Boulder & Fleet," "Silver and the Periodic Forces," and "Equalizers of the Divide." He is a teaching artist whose venues have included The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ann Arbor District Library, and schools and libraries throughout the Great Lakes region.