Folks in and around Milwaukee who pay attention to the shutterbug shenanigans of local independent photogs--and there are plenty--know Troy Freund well. A good percentage of his work is for arts organizations and other non-profits, and he often donates his fine skills to worthy projects and causes, spreading the word on his blog, in eBlasts and on the young kids' fav communication tool known as social media.
But all positively satisfying work and no harmlessly self-indulgent play can make a person long for the days when ya had the time to bellyflop onto your bed, prop yourself up on your elbows, crisscross your ankles, and engross yourself in the latest issue of Green Arrow or X-Men or Casper the Friendly Ghost--you read it, you know it, just admit it already so we can move on, 'kay? 'Kay.
And so, in the interest of sharing his love of the comic book with the world--or at least with those within a reasonable traveling distance--Troy Freund presents SPOILERS, a comic book art exhibition running from May 4-24 at Z Chiropractic in Bay View.
During the kickoff event this Saturday, the very same day as the annual North American Free Comic Book Day--really, what are the odds?--illustrative artwork will be on display and several actors will read scenes from a variety of titles, including Daredevil, Swamp Thing, Preacher, and others. These thespians are, in alphabetical order and not in order of oratory prowess or vocal timbre, Terrence Donohue, Lisa England, Derek Freund, Jeff Ganger, Jamie Jastrab, Joanne Helmers, Jason Krukowski, Lisa Moldenhauer-Rasmussen, and Scott Radtke.
Of particular note is Lisa England's appearance as she is the Miltown author of Rise of the Tiger, a graphic fantasy/adventure/steampunk/dystopia/horror--no lie--novel that she's releasing in a serialized format on the web. Check it out, kids, 'cause it's pretty damn good!
When asked if the actors would be going full method by dressing their parts, Freund replied, "The actors will not be in costume... the emphasis will be on the scripting. There really is some great writing in comic books and this reading will be a way to draw attention to that. We're not aiming for camp--we're aiming at strong (super heroic, and character) drama."
Okay, right on, being a word nerd I'm all for that, but I'm fairly sure I'm not alone in believing that a dash o' camp at an event like this is not only super fun, it is absolutely necessary. So all you comic book hero/villain lovers are hereby authorized to bring it yourself. And when I say bring it, I mean BRING IT!
The SPOILERS exhibition opening day runs from 11AM to 5PM on Saturday, May 4 at Z Chiropractic, 2331 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue. Can't make it that day? Well you can come by any Tuesday or Thursday from 12-6PM until the closing reception on Friday, May 24 from 5-8PM.
Also, before, during or after the opening, head across to the street to Collector's Edge Comics to get two free comic books just for stopping in. They've also mentioned on their site that persons donned in "comic book theme apparel" might score more, so that's another reason to BRING IT!