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Thursday, April 19, 2007

From Spider-Man vs. the Vulture to Pop Culture to High Culture

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 12:58 PM

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Fans of four-color sequential art (and related fields of comic book endeavor), rejoice! Star Clipper Comics, our lovely next-door neighbor — whom we view with the same sort of lust and longing as you do that hot neighbor who wears the bikini top to walk her dogs — has decided to bite the bullet and open an art gallery.

Star Clipper has hosted a couple of art shows in the past few years, most notably the first-ever St. Louis Munny Show. The layout of the store dictated that the little vinyl dudes had to be displayed on a shelf running across the back third of the shop for that one. The new gallery will be a definite improvement, as you can mill about, examining the art, without having to be “’scuse me’d” by the clientele as they shop. Construction on the gallery is not yet complete, but work is scheduled to be done by May 5 or so, and the shop is open for business as usual while work goes on. (Time-lapse photography of the work available here). Timing is key, as the second St. Louis Munny Show is scheduled as the inaugural exhibition at the Star Clipper Gallery, and it’s on the calendar for May 18.

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After that show closes (May 31), Star Clipper co-captains Ben and A.J. hope to have regular shows in the gallery. Shows like, oh, let’s say...comic-book related? Like maybe all of those panels you’ve created for your own, as-yet-to-be-published book, Sensitive Weightlifter? Contact gallery manager May Tran (may AT starclipper DOT com) for info on getting your work shown; and don’t forget to thank everybody at Star Clipper for doing this. St. Louis is exceptionally fortunate to have a comic shop that cares enough about the art form to put up their floor space and cash in such a selfless fashion.

-Paul Friswold

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