The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), Topeka, recently awarded the Hutchinson Public Library a grant in support of the “Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival,” which will be held September 21, 2013. Project Director Annette Smith stated, “This Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival will build upon and deepen an already popular movement within our community – Hutchinson as Smallville. The plan is to connect our patrons with each other, with area artists, and with scholars centered with Superman but also the literature and art of graphic novels and comics.”
The schedule of events begins at 11:30 a.m. with a book discussion of the graphic novel, Superman: Secret Identity lead by Joe Sutliff Sanders, Assistant English Professor at K-State. Since the discussion is over the lunch hour, a brown bag lunch option is available for purchase. At 1:30, Bryan Dietrich from Newman University in Wichita will present “Drawn to Marvel: Pop-Classicism and the Poetry of Comics”. Events continue at 2:30 with a behind the scenes look at the making of the graphic novel Capote in Kansas by author Ande Parks of Baldwin City, KS. Joe Sanders will return at 3:30 to give a more scholarly exploration of the topic entitled “A Gleeful Science of Comics”. To complete the Festival activities, a historical view of underground comics and how to create your own “comix” will be given by Hutchinson artist John Eberly at 4:30.
This month, an exhibit of graphic art by Hutchinson as Smallville advocate Christopher Wietrick is being exhibited in the 2nd floor auditorium to further promote the Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival. Part of his collection of Superman memorabilia may be viewed in the cases on the mezzanine along with Batman items loaned by Jesse Juma, plus Marvel comics action figures from Austin Smith’s collection. Anyone who tries to reveal the identities of 16 mystery action figures from Austin’s collection will win a prize. The contest winner will be announced at the festival.
“KHC Humanities Grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage audiences with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The presentations invite participants to make connections between pop culture literature and their community. What a great event for Kansas’ ‘Superman city!’”The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
If you have an interest in digital photography, or want to learn more about shooting outstanding photos in the evening, come to the Hutchinson Public Library for a special event featuring Dave McKane. “Dusk Photography Master Class” will take place on Wednesday, September 4 in the second floor library auditorium.
Dave McKane is the Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, Ireland. He has been shooting night and dusk photography for the last 20 years. Like many people, he started out shooting cityscapes at nighttime, and then he discovered the magic of the 'Blue Moment', that special time after sunset when cameras record an iridescent blue in the sky.
During this unique Master Class you will learn key elements of dusk/night photography including how to:
The class will start at 6:30 pm and finish just after 7:45 pm. Attendees are welcome to join a special shoot held immediately after the Master Class, beginning at 8:15 p.m. in downtown Hutchinson. On this shoot all Master Class attendees will receive special instruction as to how to squeeze the best out of the scene. Any kind of digital camera is suitable for this field trip, but a tripod is vital. A cable or remote release would be helpful, particularly if trying to capture light trails.
Author Suzanne Dome will be at the Hutchinson Public Library on July 11 at 7 p.m. to discuss her book, “Empty Space.” She will be speaking with the Science Fiction Book Club that gathers every month. Anyone is welcome to attend.
The book’s synopsis is:
Dorienne Nielsen has no clear vision of her own future…until an object rockets from the sky and slams to earth behind the county fair barn. The mercenary extraterrestrials, Den and Zeeto, want a scrounger. Dorienne’s smart mouth and voracious appetite for information fills the niche. Utilizing an illegal cybernetic augmentation, Dorienne dives head-first into information scrounging while dodging pirates, other mercenaries and political zealots. Tricky interstellar politics and the stigmas of being human in a non-human vacuum test her at every turn.
Dome resides in Buhler. Everyone is welcome to attend the book club. It’s free.
Tuesday night films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium on the 2nd floor. Due to our contract with Movie Licensing USA, we can't publicize movie titles online, but you may call the library for the titles or pick up a movie listing from a public service desk.
Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Tim Curry
Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Brian Henson
Rated G; 99 minutes; 1996
The entire gang of lovable muppets are back for an all-new adventure based on the classic tale of pirates and buried treasure. Hollywood’s favorite muppet personalities Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy head the cast of hilarious humans and non-humans in a fun-filled fantasy that features original music from Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer.
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin
Warner Bros.; Directed by Richard Donner
Rated PG; 111 minutes; 1985
A group of seven young friends from a small Northwest town who find themselves on a thrilling underground adventure filled with humor and heart-pounding peril as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of the notorious pirate, One-Eyed Willie.
REVIEWS: "More things happen in this movie than in six ordinary action films! There's not just a thrill a minute; there's a thrill, a laugh, a shock and a special effect" - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Wow! I can't imagine a better summer movie. Extraordinary! Exciting!"- Joel Siegel, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC-TV
"A clever thriller with laughs that combines storybook splendor with modern chills. I doubt if there's a kid from 6 to 60 who won't be cheering them on."- Rex Reed, NEW YORK POST
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
New Line Cinema; Directed by Eric Brevig
Rated PG; 92 minutes; 2008
A scientist whose radical theories have completely tarnished his reputation goes backpacking across Iceland and finds a cave that leads him deep down into the bowels of the planet. He follows it trying to find out what has happened to his missing brother. He discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth filled with bizarre landscapes and terrifying creatures.
Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson
Buena Vista Pictures; Directed by Andrew Davis
Rated PG; 2003
Sigourney Weaver plays a warden at Camp Green Lake with an unusual method of discipline. The camp makes all of its wards dig large holes under the guise of building character. The real reason is a plan to find a buried treasure left in the desert long ago.
Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn
Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson
Rated G; 75 minutes; 1951; Animated
Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Children's story. Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. She sees a white rabbit who appears to be in a hurry. She chases it into its burrow and then a most bizarre series of adventures begins.
Family time is an opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary with your children. It's geared for ages five and above. It begins at
June 17 -- Lorrie Beck, Great Plains Nature Center
June 24 -- Stephanie Carlson, Dillon Nature Center (soil)
July 1 -- Jamin Landavazo, Kansas Underground Salt Museum
-- coffee filter flowers (plus two others)
July 15 -- Kansas Farm Bureau
-- clay impressions, egg carton red ants, paper mummy/sarcophagus (the Hutchinson Ulster Project teens will be helping this week)
-- parrots, cartouche necklace, cork trolls
-- toilet paper roll bats, clothespin worms, telescopes