Sep 212012

October 5-26, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Workshop


Nate Powell, cover for “Swallow Me Whole”

Guest Artist—Nate Powell: graphic novelist

The KBAC is pleased to join the Friends of the WMU Libraries, the WMU English Department, and the Gwen Frostic School of Art to host graphic novelist Nate Powell, who will present an exhibition, workshop, and lecture. Powell’s graphic novel Swallow Me Whole (2008) was an Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and Ignatz Award winner. Other works by Powell include Any Empire, The Silence Of Our Friends, and the forthcoming March, a graphic novel autobiography of civil rights legend and sitting Congressman John Lewis, to be published by Top Shelf in 2014. For more information visit:


Cross Sections: The Graphic Novels of Nate Powell

Oct. 5–26; Opening reception Oct. 5 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.
This exhibition will feature Nate Powell’s drawings from more than a dozen different projects over 14 years.


The Art of Graphic Novels

Instructor: Nate Powell / Fee $65
Sat., October 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nate Powell will facilitate a round-table style workshop for individuals who are interested in focused, hands-on technical insight into the comics process, information about approaching publishers and editors with creator-owned projects, and feedback and discussion regarding participants’ current work. Participants are highly encouraged to bring works-in-progress or previous work.


Nate Powell, image from “Any Empire”


Reading Comics: Aligning Text and Image in Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole

Gwen Tarbox, Friends Faculty Speaker, WMU Department of English
Thurs. Sept. 20, 2 p.m. 1220 Chemistry, Western Michigan University

Cross Sections: The Graphic Novels of Nate Powell

Thurs., Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the lobby;
Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Room 2008, WMU

Nate Powell will discuss his work as a graphic novelist.

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