Things to do: "Graphic Novel Realism" at NIU

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If you happen to be near DeKalb, IL next week, you may enjoy this newPaul Karasik-curated comics art exhibition called Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics which runs from Tuesday, March 20, through Friday, May 25, in the Altgeld Galleries at Northern Illinois Unversity.

The show features seven artists: Joyce Farmer, Jaime Hernandez, Jason Lutes, Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash, Seth, and James Sturm, which is a strong, diverse lineup.

A show of Goya’s Los Caprichos is also up, so it is double your pleasure and edification.

Several events with Karasik are planned around the exhibit:

• Wednesday, March 21. Karasik will present “Adaptation,” an examination of the process of creating the graphic adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, at 7:15 p.m. in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall.
• Three events will be held Thursday, March 22, beginning with a brown bag lecture, “The Ride Together,” from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building. Karasik will share insights into the collaborative process of writing a book with his sister, Judy, about autism in the family.
• From 4:30 to 6 p.m. that afternoon, a reception will be held for Karasik.
• Following that, he will present a lecture titled “How to Read a Comic” in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall. He will examine the basic language of the comics through deconstruction of a few classic comics, such as “Nancy.” The reception and lectures are free and open to the public.

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