My interest in building up an archive of original artwork for CCS was primarily pedagogical. By looking at originals a cartoonist can better understand how an artist drew a page. What tools were used? Did they rule out guidelines for lettering? Did they use white out to cover mistakes or create an effect? When a class is covering crosshatching it’s exciting to bring in an H.T. Webster or a Laura Park. Talking about inking with a brush? Take a look at Charles Burns.
And besides the obvious “how did they do that” aspect of looking at originals, I hope that by focusing attention on them, students somehow feel the presence of the work’s creator, who at some point focused their attention on the very same piece of bristol in front of us.
CCS’s current exhibition, “Recent Acquisitions” features work by Alison Bechdel, Walter Berndt, Stephen R. Bissette, Charles Burns, Ernie Bushmiller, Roy Doty, Will Eisner, Sam Glanzman, Ray Gotto, Russ Johnson, David Lasky, Harry Lucey, Jim Mooney, Laura Park, Hilary B. Price, John Rose, Richard Thompson, H.T. Webster, and Jim Woodring.