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The Uncanny Adventures of Okie Artists

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Oklahoma is known for producing some amazing stars.  We’re home to country music stars like Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks, comedian and actress Megan Mullally, and, of course, Will Rogers.  But few people know that Oklahoma is also home to a number of famous comic artists and writers.

I’m a pretty big comic book fan, but I had no clue that our state was home to people like Sterling Gates.  Mr. Gates has written many titles for DC Comics, including Superman: Secret Files, Green Lantern Corps, and Supergirl.  Then there’s Chester Gould, the man who created Dick Tracey.  He’s from Pawnee, Oklahoma.  Another famous Oklahoma comic writer is Archie Goodwin, a Tulsa native who has written for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and did the comic adaptations of the Star Wars movies.

So what do these people have in common besides being from Oklahoma?  Their work and the works of other comic writers and artists are part of The Uncanny Adventures of Okie Artists, an interactive exhibit currently at the Oklahoma History Center.  The exhibit opened on June 12 and seems to be open-ended, as no end date has been listed.  Entry to the exhibit is included in the standard center admission fee ($7 for adults, $4 for students).  The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re interested in cartoons, comic books, or the history of Oklahoma, you’ll find The Uncanny Adventures of Okie Artists to be incredibly interesting.  I loved the exhibit and was really surprised at some of the comics that were drawn or written by Oklahomans. 

You can find more information about the exhibit at www.okhistorycenter.org and at okiecartoonists.org.

Blogs that discuss this exhibit:

Mike Lynch Cartoons includes a press release and video about the event.

The Nerdage blog also has a video showing off some of the exhibit and interviewing some visitors.

The Tulsa World has a nice article about the exhibit.

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