First Friday November: Beyond Words to Zines and More


Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel will be joined by KC Zine Con on November 4

M-AAA is pleased to bring an exhibition preview of ExhibitsUSA’s Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel to Kansas City for November’s First Friday, November 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Beyond Words will be in M-AAA’s Culture Lab, and Kansas City Zine Con will be exhibiting in M-AAA’s Convening Space.

Beyond Words reminds us that the history of sequential narrative begins not with the comic book, but with the history of art itself. In the Middle Ages, early book printers used carved wood blocks as stamps, and advances in printing from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made books more widely available. Comics then appeared for the first time in newspapers in the late nineteenth century, and comic books did not take off until the introduction of Superman in the late 1930s. Rather than presenting an evolutionary history of visual storytelling, the works selected for this exhibition allow us to situate woodcuts, engravings, comic strips, and graphic novels in a long tradition of word- and image-making, to consider the roles of image and narrative in our cultures, and to examine storytelling techniques in different media.

Kansas City Zine Con, a festival celebrating do­‐it‐yourself publishing in all its myriad forms, was held this September at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium, and at the Uptown Theater in August 2015. For November First Friday, KC Zine Con’s organizers are proud to curate a display of local zines and DIY products, both current and historical, from some of Kansas City’s most talented and eclectic self‐publishing artists. If you missed the event in September, stop by to check them out!

Mid-America Arts Alliance
2018 Baltimore, KCMO
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 4