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Participating Artists

Matthew ”Mattman” Berry
Ted Closson
Tyson Pease
Rick Parker
Joshua Roberts
Sarah Winifred Searle
Mili St. John



Exhibition Events


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Noon to 1pm

Artist Talk and Public Reading
Ted Closson will be performing a public reading of his comic, “A GoFundMe Campaign is not Health Insurance” about the death of his friend, Shane Patrick Boyle, from complications of Type 1 diabetes in
March of this year. This event will take place Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from Noon to 1pm in the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
9am to 5pm8-Hour Marathon
An 8-hour Comics and Zine Making Workshop
will be held in the gallery to educate the public about simple book making, basic narrative techniques and some unusual approaches to the comics making process. The event will take place Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9am to 5pm. Limited materials will be provided, additional materials may be brought.


The Danforth Gallery is located in Jewett Hall. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 5:00 pm, Fridays 9:30am - 2:00pm.


sevencartoonists in a gallery

August 28—October 6, 2017
Wednesday, September 13th— noon-1pm
Artist talk and public reading
Ted Closson, ”A GoFundMe Campaign is not Health Insurance”


Thursday, September 28—  9am-5pm
Comics+Zine 8-Hour Marathon Workshop


About Exhibition

The cartoonists represented in this show, each with connections to the New England region, run the gamut from veterans in the commercial field to practiced newcomers. And while they do not always embody traditional notions of mainstream comics, their work is not intended to represent mainstream, but instead the growing body of work outside traditional genres and assumptions about comics that are rapidly becoming the mainstream. From children’s stories, to web series, to slice of life, to LGBT+ narratives, educational comics, video game influenced works, journalism comics, and experimental works. The intent in organizing this particular group is two-fold: to educate the public about this shifting paradigm, and to bring attention to particularly emblematic segments of this deep undercurrent in our own region, when much of comics these days seems bold and loud and theatrical.
Ted Closson has been putting comics in galleries since 2009. He approaches the problem of transposing the intimate relationship between reader and text onto the gallery space through a range of devices such as vitrine displays of opened books, process breakdowns, installations, performative works, and traditional displays of adjacent pages. Exploring this has permitted him a better understanding of how the gallery transforms intended work, both mechanically and contextually, and how the medium of comics can be used to transmogrify societal narratives about them.


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