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"Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel" Explores Work of 40 Northwest Comic Artists

BOISE, ID.- For decades comics have largely been viewed as light-hearted and amusing stories told through simple line art. But in recent years, comics have moved from the cultural fringes into the artistic and literary mainstream. The Los Angeles Times recently added a Graphic Novel category to its slate of annual Book Prizes, citing the medium as “an expanding part of the book landscape, both aesthetically and commercially.” Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel, on view at Boise Art Museum August 20-November 27, 2011, showcases the work of 40 Pacific Northwest artists who are established stars and emerging lights in the comic art universe. A special feature of the exhibition will be a site-specific large-scale drawing installation by Daniel Duford, an artist and writer whose wall drawings, comics and sculpture are meditations on mythic heroes of American culture. This exhibition is organized by