Museo winter show explores the impact of comics, superheroes

Think all superheroes are required to have X-ray vision or the ability to fly? Art at a gallery in Langley encourages the community to think again.

Think all superheroes are required to have X-ray vision or the ability to fly? Art at a gallery in Langley encourages the community to think again.

When it comes to stepping out of the box for a new art show, Museo is leading the charge with Komikon, a winter show celebrating the impact of comic books, superheroes, cartoons, graphic novels and computerized animation.

Expect to see more than Wonder Woman and the Hulk at this art show as artists push the boundaries with characters like Too Much Coffee Man and Mighty Miss Muffet. The show runs Jan. 19 through Feb. 25.

This is the sixth year Museo has done an unusual winter show.

“It’s become a bit of a tradition. We do a theme that’s out of the ordinary,” said Sandra Jarvis, gallery owner. Circus and steampunk themes have surprised the community in the past.

Create your own superhero

The community can exhibit their comic cleverness too by dressing up as their own characters for the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Museo.

The steampunk show brought out a variety of costumes “and I believe this show will be the same,” Jarvis said. “It’s a way to celebrate the dark days of winter with something bright.”

Music and performances will set the scene for opening night, making it an entire experience. At the circus show reception, jugglers entertained the crowd.

“I think the momentum is already in place these last years. There’s so much happening that night that people won’t want to miss it,” Jarvis said.

Since the reception ends at 7 p.m., attendees can make a night of it and go to dinner or another event afterward, Jarvis added.

Local artwork

While “Comicon” refers to a convention of comic book enthusiasts, Jarvis decided to call the winter show Komikon because she likes the way the word sounds and looks. When she thinks of comic style artists, Jarvis said Roger Shimomura and Roy Lichtenstein come to mind.

When Jarvis put out a call to artists, she asked for artists to do anything from designing their own superhero or video game to exploring the light and dark sides of animation to creating a political cartoon. She tries to keep the shows to primarily local artists or artists with local ties. She’s particularly excited to see the character Too Much Coffee Man, created by Shannon Wheeler, the stepson of local textile artist Teri Jo Summer.

“He’s kind of the antithesis of a superhero. We’re excited about him participating,” Jarvis said.

Another artist Jarvis said she’s looking forward to is Butch Arthur, a Seattle artist who contacted Jarvis about joining the show. He does three-dimensional art.

“There will always be people who are somewhat unexpected like that. That keeps people interested,” Jarvis said, adding that she’s excited to see all of the art.

“People really step out and do great work. It’s a whole happening in here,” Jarvis said.