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Gabrielle Clermont and Karly Boileau | December 22, 2020

#MuseumFromHome DIY is a series of curated content just for you, with each post focusing on a new theme.

This week Idea Exchange is celebrating the Cambridge Comic Arts Festival! Tune in all week long to participate in different activities everyday and get your geek on with our roundup of artists, activities, and interesting tidbits about the comic realm.

Start by virtually exploring the Library of Congress exhibition - Comic Art: 120 Years of panels and pages. This exhibition continues until September 12.

Artists and Comics

Watch this episode of CBC's In the Making featuring Kahnawake-born, Montreal/Toronto-based artist, Walter Scott, creator of the Wendy comic series which follows the life of Wendy, "a messy, yet lovable aspiring artist." Then watch Walter Scott's latest work, The Pathos of Mandy made available to screen online by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, part of the current exhibition of the same name (use password AGNES_WalterScott! to access the video on vimeo.

Learn all about Toronto-based, Gregory Gallant, better known as the graphic novelist, Seth with these videos.

Kitchener-based artist, Andrew Kolb's first children's book Edmund Unravels was selected as Idea Exchange's 2016 Let's Read Title. More recently, Andrew got to work on the book Spider-Man Swings Through Europe. Although he may be best known for his children's books, it is certainly not all he does. Check out his website to see more of his distinctive illustrations on posters, prints, advertisements, books, games, and more.

Roy Lichtenstein was an artist during the pop art movement best know for his work that referenced print materials and comics. Watch as conservators from Tate Modern discuss the process behind one of Lichtenstein's most famous pieces, Whaam! and how the team went about cleaning and conserving the piece (hint: it involves nanotechnology). Then learn how Whaam! created controversy by challenging the definition of what is considered art with this short video by Sotheby's.

Crafters Assemble!

Make your own fun with these craft tutorials suitable for all ages:

Super History!

Learn about the role the city of New York has in the invention of the comic book and how the city can often be considered a minor character in many of the superhero comics we know and love with The Bowery Boys New York City History Podcast episode: Super City: The Secret Origin of Comic Books.

Were there superheros in the ancient world? Find out with MetKids.

Learn more about comic history in this article from Widewalls: Comic Book Art - From Cultural Phenomenon to Collectible Art.

Geek out on the Greatest!

Do you agree with this list of the 25 Greatest Comic Book Artists of the last 25 years? Or this list of the 100 most influential comic pages?

Can't get enough of the Marvel Universe? Check out the podcast series This Week in Marvel, your source for all things Marvel!

More of a DC fan? Check out the Comics from The Multiverse Podcast.

Bonus Content**

Comic Book Confidential is a feature-length documentary that profiles twenty-two of the most significant artists and writers working in comic books, graphic novels, and strip-art in North America today. In an entertaining and informative combination of interviews, historical footage, and state-of-the-art animation techniques, this documentary provides a positive answer to that burning existential question of the late twentieth century first posed by Zippy the Pinhead: "Are we having fun yet?"

Comics and anime are the biggest form of pop culture in Japan. Manga are for adults, not only children. Politicians, office ladies, and salary men read them. Racy, sexual, and violent fantasies, beyond censorship are given free reign in the world of manga. Learn more about this genre in Manga Mad.

Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact in three episodes.

Dear Mr. Watterson: The Era of Calvin and Hobbes. This documentary was the official selection of both the New Orleans Film Festival and the Buffalo International Film Festival. It follows the influence and impact the comic had on readers across the globe. "Mr. Watterson has inspired and influenced millions of people through Calvin and Hobbes. Newspaper readership and book sales can be tracked and recorded, but the human impact he has had and the value of his art are perhaps impossible to measure."

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