Masters of American Comics brings that Keep On Truckin’ guy out from his subjugation on mud flaps and into the realm of the muses. MOCA’s exhibit examines 15 key American artists who were instrumental in the establishment of comics as an art form. The exhibit features drawings, proofs, comics and vintage funny pages from some of the medium’s most acclaimed artists, including Winsor McCay ("Little Nemo"), Peanuts’ Charles Schulz, comic godfathers Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman, Mad’s Harvey Kurtzman, R. Crumb and Chris Ware – author of the most depressing tome this writer’s ever read, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth.
Sharing the exhibition with the Hammer Museum, Masters of American Comics will
give you the opportunity to convince your girlfriend that you’re not just
reading stupid "picture books," but works of artistic genius.
MOCA is located at 250 S. Grand Ave., in Los Angeles. Museum hours: Mon, Fri 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat, Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Tue, Wed. Price: $8, $5 students with valid ID, free Thursdays 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit www.moca.org.