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Explore Comic Book Superheros and the Connecticut Artists Behind Them

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UCONN Art Gallery

Did you know that just a few blocks away from our downtown Stamford apartment rentals at Hoyt-Bedford, Morgan Manor and The Townhouse, the Stamford campus of UCONN frequently hosts various exhibitions in their gallery and open, 3-story lobby. The latest collection is near and dear to many native Connecticut residents. It’s called “Faster than a Speeding Bullet … an Exploration of Funnies, Superheroes and Comic Book Art by Regional Artists” and it features more than 130 items from syndicated comics to graphic novels and paintings. More than half the artists live right here in Connecticut. Something you may not know is many now famous artists and cartoonists lived here.

Among the artists you’ll find Mort Walker, the Stamford resident behind “Beetle Bailey,” Ray Billingsley, the Harlem-raised Stamford artist who created “Curtis,” and Frank McLaughlin, a Stratford-raised illustrator who has drawn everything from Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to the “Brenda Starr, Reporter” and “The Heart of Juliet Jones” comic strips. You’ll also get to see the work of some new and younger artists such as  Carl Herring Jr., a West Haven graphic novelist, Adam Wallenta, a Hamden comic artist, and Kevin Liell, a Stamford resident who does print work for Lucas Films.

“Faster than a Speeding Bullet … an Exploration of Funnies, Superheroes and Comic Book Art by Regional Artists” is on view at the UConn Stamford Art Gallery, 1 University Place now through Sept. 10. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visit the UCONN Stamford Art Gallery website for more information. An Artists Alley on Saturday, Sept. 10, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where artists featured in the exhibition will sign autographs and sell copies of their work.

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