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April 15, 2016

The UM English Department Presents “Comics Around The World”

Montevallo, Ala. – The fourth annual comics exhibit at the University of Montevallo is set to run continuously in Carmichael Library from Monday, April 18 – May 20. An opening reception that will include conversation with exhibit creators and food from Eclipse will be hosted on April 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

This year’s comic exhibition “Comics Around the World” examines the history and storytelling techniques of comic artists in Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the Middle East. The exhibit will feature large visual displays and an interactive digital installation.

Viewers will be introduced to well-known classics of international comics such a Hergé’s famous Tintin and lesser-known works like Deena Mohamad’s Qahera, a web comic about the experiences of Muslim women in Egypt.

“The exhibit focuses on the social and cultural histories of comics, storytelling techniques, biographies of artists and exchanges among different traditions of graphic narrative in these regions,” Dr. Alex Beringer, Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages stated.

The exhibit is the culmination of Beringer’s honors global literature class, “Introduction to Graphic Narrative.” Throughout the coursework of the class, students explored the history and theory of comics, graphic novels, manga, hieroglyphics, sequential art and visual poems.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is presented by Carmichael Library, the College of Arts and Sciences, UM English Department and Honors Program.

For more information, please contact the Department of English and Foreign Languages at 205-665-6420.