Saturday’s Boston Globe G section featured a cover story on 1) this weekend’s annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society taking place in Boston, and 2) the exhibit “One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages” currently at the Boston Center for Adult Education.
From the Globe piece:
The exhibit, spread over two floors of the BCAE, is free and open to the public. A special reception takes place [Sunday] from 2-4 p.m., with many of the contributing cartoonists expected to be on hand to greet the public.
“I wanted it to be a snapshot of the Sunday funnies, so my only rule was, it had to be an April 11 strip,’’ [curator John] Read said during an interview at the BCAE. Even if the Sunday funnies aren’t as popular as they were a generation or two ago, he added, “Looking at original art that reminds you of your childhood is still popular. The success of an exhibit like this obviously rests on nostalgia.’’
Read brought the exhibit to Boston — it has already toured New Orleans, Columbus, Ohio, and several other cities— to coincide with the annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society, taking place this weekend in Boston. Those expecting to attend include Hilary Price, creator of the strip “Rhymes With Orange.’’
The piece also notes that the Globe’s own editorial cartoonist Dan Wasserman is included in the exhibit.
Although editorial cartoons are excluded from the show, an exception was made for several drawings by the Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman, which Read collected for exhibit at the BCAE only.
But nowhere in the Globe piece – or the BCAE press release – is there any mention of Boston artist Darby Conley, whose rambunctious Get Fuzzy strip is a staple in roughly 700 newspapers worldwide, including the Boston Globe.
(Also apparently absent is Boston artist Mark Parisi, whose Off the Mark has unfortunately disappeared from the Boston Herald.)
Hey, BCAE – you should treat Boston comic-strip artists better.