For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston
DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: STRIPPED
Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm
Confederation College Lecture Theatre (Room 351 Shuniah Building) STRIPPED brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. Over 70 interviews were conducted, including the first-ever audio interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), as well as Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Mike & Jerry (Penny Arcade), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Lynn Johnston (FBOFW), Zach Weiner (SMBC), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Scott McCloud(Understanding Comics), Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac), Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) and more. Set to a gorgeous original score by Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band, STRIPPED explores comic strips in depth, why they’re so loved, and how they’re navigating this dicey period between print and pixels.
Runtime: 85 minutes
Doors open a 6:30 pm
Admission: Pay What You Can (suggested $5 Adult | $3 Student with valid ID card)
January 15 – March 6, 2016
Organized by the Art Gallery of Sudbury
For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston looks at the career of popular comic artist Lynn Johnston. The exhibition explores influences on her early work and the way her drawing style changes over time in the popular comic strip For Better or For Worse.
For Better or For Worse underwent many changes – taking the comic from a glimpse into the everyday home life of the Patterson family, to a comic with three-dimensional characters that seemed like real people. Seeing Elly Patterson and her family go through familiar situations added to the overwhelming success of the strip.
Throughout her career Johnston consistently draws from her own life and experiences. The exhibition charts the ways that she drew from her personal experiences from an early age, and her continuous habit of including those experiences in her artwork eventually developing the much-loved characters of For Better or For Worse.
The exhibition gives a behind the scenes look at Johnston’s creative process, her life, and the many doors that were opened for her along the way. For old fans and new, this exhibition will show the comic over its 30-year history, the characters that readers know and love, and include fan responses to the comic strip.
Sponsored in Thunder Bay by:
Lynn Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and the first woman to win the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award. She has been inducted into the National Cartoon Museum Hall of Fame and the Canadian Cartoonists’ Hall of Fame. By bringing For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston to Thunder Bay, local artists, art enthusiasts, ‘funny papers’ fans, students, and visitors of all ages have an opportunity to get to know the artist and explore her work outside of its usual reproduction in newspapers. This travelling exhibition also inspired us to organize a concurrent exhibition of illustrative art by local artists entitled Unconstrained: Comic Art by Five Emerging Artists, as well as an exciting roster of related events on and offsite.
UNCONSTRAINED: COMIC ART BY FIVE EMERGING ARTISTS
Organized by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
January 15 – March 6
Thunder Bay boasts a substantial comic book and graphic novel fanbase, and an abundance of talented artists and illustrators. Featuring selected works by five local artists, this group exhibition offers a glimpse into Thunder Bay’s thriving local comic and sequential art scene.
Artists: Callen Banning | Andrew Garratt Dorland | Kyle Lees | Merk | boy Roland
AFTER THE STRIP: A PUBLIC TALK BY LYNN JOHNSTON
Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 pm sharp. Doors open at 7 pm.
Meet Lynn Johnston at a public gathering to celebrate her retrospective For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston, organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Sudbury. The exhibition catalogue For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston and Katherine Hadway will be available for purchase and signing.
Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7 pm.
Tickets are available at the Gallery:
Adults: $20 + hst | Students with valid student card: $10 + hst | Gallery Members: $15 + hst
MEET & GREET WITH LYNN JOHNSTON
Friday, January 22 from 11 am – 2:30 pm
Can’t make it to the official opening reception?
Drop by the Gallery to meet the artist and have your book signed!
CREATE A CARICATURE
Tuesday, February 16 at 6 – 8 pm
The caricature workshop is in conjunction with the Lynn Johnston exhibition. Participants will bring in an 8.5 x 11 inch portrait photograph of someone they know, have a tour with a local comic artist – Andrew Dorland – and then have fun creating a comic character portrait or full figure from that photo. The instructor, Andrew, will demonstrate the process and how one might come up with an accompanying thought bubble, and then help participants one on one as they create their caricature on Mayfair paper with ink and possibly water colour washes as well. Everyone is welcome in this evening workshop for adults.
Cost: $20 + hst $16 + hst Art Gallery Members
LUNCH & LEARN
Fridays | January 29 through March 4 at 12:30 pm
Pressed for time? Join us for an informal midday tour of the exhibition!
Have lunch first and come by the Gallery for a brief guided tour, or brown bag it and enjoy your lunch in the meeting room afterwards. Coffee provided.
Doors open at noon, 20-minute group tour starts at 12:30 pm.
DRINK & DRAW AT THE SOV
Sunday, January 31 – 7 – 10 pm
The Sovereign Room – 220 Red River Rd.
Bring your favourite sketchbook and drawing tools for a night of drawing at the Sov with some of the artists featured in Unconstrained : Comic Art by Five Emerging Artists. Everyone is welcome – no drawing experience required. Music by JAFO.
Seating is limited — first 30 participants get a complimentary appetizer created exclusively for this event!
A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS OF UNCONSTRAINED
Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 pm
Join us for an informal panel discussion with Callen Banning, Andrew Garratt Dorland, Kyle Lees, Merk, and boy Roland. The artists will share insights into their creative practices, talk about current projects, and answer your burning comic art questions!
Moderator: Jason Wellwood
BREAKING WIND AT THE GALLERY
Sunday, February 7 at 2 pm
The Tamarack Wind Quintet
Inspired by the exhibition For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston, The Tamarack Wind Quintet has put together a concert of their favourite music that was written for cartoons, inspired by cartoonists, or just a little silly. The Tamarack Wind Quintet are all members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and have performed a wide variety of programs aimed at audiences as diverse as public schools and pub crowds. This concert is designed for an audience of any age who enjoy music, art, and smiles.
Tickets: $20 adult | $10 student or senior | $30 family All ticket sales directly support the Tamarack Wind Quintet.
COMIC-INSPIRED CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
Comic Art with Callen
Sundays: February 14, 21 & 28 |at 1 – 3 pm
This three-part series for 13-16 year olds will be taught by ‘Sequential artist’, Callen Banning. Callen has a strong background in art, education and multi media. She will teach her form of sequential art through action comics, stop-motion animation and basic comic drawing skills to create flipbooks and characters. Use the tools of the trade – copic markers, blue line pencils and a sense of humour!
Cost: $60 $50 Art Gallery Members
WRITE | DRAW | COLOUR: COMIC ART FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES
Monday, February 15 from 11:oo am- 3:00 pm
We’re open on the Family Day holiday this year!
Bring the whole family to explore the exhibitions and make art with local artists.
Draw for a prize pack from Comix Plus!
Refreshments provided by Pita Pit.
Admission: Pay What You Can (suggested $5 adult | $10 – $15 family)
* PAY WHAT YOU CAN
What is a unique arts & culture experience worth to you?
We’ve decided to try something new! In addition to our ongoing Free Wednesdays at the Gallery, we invite you Pay What You Can to attend non-ticketed events between January 15 and March 6. We would love to hear your feedback while it’s underway!