Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Mike Lynch Original in the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration and Comic Art Gallery Show

Above: art by John Gannam, “Gone Girl,” advertisement for Balanced Pacific Sheets, 1948.

Wow. I am honored that one of my originals is in the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration and Comic Art gallery show at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA from April 7th to May 20th.

Steven Brower writes for Print Magazine:

"In the early part of the twentieth century, illustration came into its own. Simultaneously over on the newsprint pages of national newspapers, comic strips did as well. These were joined later in the decade by art for both pulp magazines and comic books. This golden age of editorial illustration and cartooning is currently on display in the exhibit “American Illustration & Comic Art” at the Sordoni Gallery, Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA. The exhibition features 135 original artworks by more than 100 artists—N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Frank Schoonover, Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, George Herriman, Harold Foster, Jack Cole, Milton Caniff, Norman Saunders, Harold Gray, Al Hirschfeld, Al Capp, Walt Kelly, Charles Schulz and many others. Wilkes Barre native son Ham Fisher, creator of Joe Palooka, is represented as well. While focusing on the golden age of illustration, contemporary artists, such as Anita Kunz, C.F. Payne, Robert Eckstein, Thomas J. Fluharty, Mike Lynch and Paul Davis, also have their place in the exhibit."

Sorry to say I will not be able to attend the opening on Saturday. It's a real regret. My thanks to Andrew Sordoni III and Professor Stanley Grand for including me in the illustrious pantheon of American comic artists. I am honored.

There are a number of events that are open to the public, beginning with a reception this Saturday.

Above: the printed, color version of my cartoon that was originally published in Reader's Digest, and is now part of the Sordoni show.

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