Comic book art to be exhibited
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Original drawings from a graphic novel by comic book artist Bob Hall will be on display Oct. 28 through Nov. 24 in Northwestern College’s Te Paske Gallery.
The images from “Hell’s Slaughter House” contain themes and language appropriate for mature audiences. A discussion forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., with Northwestern faculty members Dr. Mike Kugler, history; Dr. Robert Hubbard, theatre; Dr. Rod Spidahl, religion; and Arnold Carlson, art, present to lend their discipline’s perspective on the graphic novel genre. A public reception with the artist is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
Hall has been a cartoonist for more than 30 years with DC, Marvel and Valiant Comics. He learned illustration at John Buscema’s School of Comic Art and later studied life drawing and painting at New York’s New School. While with Marvel, he drew most of the major characters in a variety of books, including Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, the Fantastic Four, the Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, the Avengers, and the New Mutants.
During his years at Valiant Comics, Hall wrote and penciled the monthly series “Shadowman,” which was consistently on the “hundred best-selling comics” list. He also wrote “Timewalker” and created “Armed and Dangerous,” a black-and-white comic-noir series that has become a cult favorite.
At DC he produced Batman graphic novels. He also illustrated two Spider-Man novels for Marvel and most recently has done concept art for a film project.
Hall has created posters and cartoons for theatre companies, accepted commissions as a portrait artist, and shown his paintings and drawings at a number of galleries, include the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Institute of Great Plains Studies, and Modern Arts Midwest. He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society as well as the Actors Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
During 25 years in New York City, Hall was the artistic director of three resident professional theatre companies and co-authored stage adaptations of The Passion of Dracula and Frankenstein. He now lives in Lincoln, Neb., where he is the artistic director of both the Haymarket Theatre and the Flatwater Shakespeare Company.
The Te Paske Gallery is located in Northwestern’s Korver Visual Arts Center on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.