Comic Book Art Show

July 12th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Opening reception: August 5, 7:30 PM
Greenfield Art Salon, 207 Main St., Greenfield, MA

GAS (Greenfield Art Salon), a new art gallery space in Greenfield, MA, is hosting its debut show this August. The show, descriptively titled Comic Book Art Show, will feature the work of Mysterious Transmissions, a Northampton, MA based group of comic book artists comprised of Colin Panetta and Mark Velard, in addition to Greenfield, MA artist Hans Rickheit. The show will consist of a number of short comic book stories from each artist, presented in their entirety and intended for reading on the gallery walls. Comic Book Art Show will run through the end of August.

Mysterious Transmissions is the combined creative mass of comic book self publishers Colin Panetta and Mark Velard. Although not done in collaboration, their work shares the common themes of exposing the weird, dark places of artist’s subconscious in a manner often bordering on the surreal, in an effort to encourage equal parts befuddlement and entertainment for the reader. Panetta’s haunted science-fiction series DEAD MAN HOLIDAY has received positive attention from The Comics Reporter and The Comics Journal websites. It centers around a security guard in a flooded and abandoned city named Little Atlantis, and the strange things he finds there. He also recently completed NOT COMICS #1, an anthology of short comics done in collaboration with people who don’t read comics. Mark Velard’s weird and perversely humorous work deals in ancient signifiers and explores freedom of mind. His comic FUTURE SPACE pontificates on the future of leisure time (in space), and his new comic MAROONED AT HIGH NOON features a protagonist stuck on an unfamiliar planet where the opening credits never seem to end.

Hans Rickheit is well-regarded as a purveyor of forbidden notions. He has been producing his perplexing and somewhat subversive comics for over 25 years. His first graphic novel, CHLOE, which he self-published won the Xeric Award in 2001.  His book THE SQUIRREL MACHINE was selected as one of the Best 5 Comics of 2009 by the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Arts. Currently he is working on a 600-page graphic novel called ECTOPIARY, which is being serialized online along with new webcomic  COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA.

GAS, the Greenfield Art Salon, can be reached through Alan at 8579918447.
Mysterious Transmissions, Colin Panetta and Mark Velard can be reached at mrcolinp@gmail.com or 4134671458.
Hans Rickheit can be reached at hansrickheit@hotmail.com or 4133375304.

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