Greater Denton Arts Council

about the exhibition

Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production
Presented in partnership with More Fun Comics and Games

September 16, 2016 – December 10, 2016
Patterson Appleton Arts Center
$5 special exhibition admission; Free for GDAC members, students, and children under 12

From classic D.C. and Marvel heroes to independent artists and graphic novelists, today comic art surrounds us in print, toys, films, and online. But how do such artists create the heroes of tomorrow? This interactive exhibition brings together original illustrations, published works, scripts, and sketches to explore the history and future of comic production. Enjoy a selection of works from comic masters Jack Kirby, Curt Swan, Keith Giffen, Stan Lee, and Richard Sala, including such beloved characters as Superman and Silver Surfer. With a “behind-the scenes” focus on how comics are made, visitors of all ages can create their own comics in hands-on maker stations or enjoy their favorite comics in our reading lounge.

This exhibition is organized by the Greater Denton Arts Council in partnership with guest curator Josh Rose. Josh Rose is an art historian and comics enthusiast. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has held positions at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Office of Cultural Affairs, city of Dallas. He is currently faculty at El Centro College.

Image detail: Avengers, Issue 172, Page 22, 1978, Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson.

Image detail: Avengers, Issue 172, Page 22, 1978, Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson.

programs in support of the exhibition

Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production Opening Reception
Friday, September 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Patterson Appleton Arts Center, FREE
Be the first to experience the exhibition and meet your favorite superheroes in the galleries! Enjoy tours, superhero selfies, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

An Evening with Kevin Smith: The Art of Comics presented by Greater Denton Arts Council
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7:00 pm
Murchison Performing Arts Center
Tickets $40 general admission, $35 for students and GDAC members with current ID or membership card; limited discount seats available

Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men, writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State & Tusk. Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with the comics enthusiast and man who brought the world these films. He can be heard daily at, a vast network of podcasts. This event features adult content and explicit language. Over 18 suggested. Tickets available through PREKINDLE

North Texas Giving Day 2016: Be a Hero for the Arts
Thursday, September 22, 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Online Giving Event at; Denton Square Celebration, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Calling all heroes for the arts! Join GDAC staff and friends on the Denton square for superhero selfies, comic making, and more. Make your donation onsite or online at by searching for Greater Denton Arts Council.

Creative Space: Cosplay Headgear Workshop
Thursday, September 29th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Patterson Appleton Arts Center
$50 ($45 for GDAC members)
Are you captivated by intricate cosplay regalia? You are invited to get a glimpse into the amount of detail that goes into creating a cosplay ensemble. Lead by Denton artist, Regina Panzeca-Raifsnider, participants will create a fantasy head piece to fit their personalities. All supplies provided. Register.

Veloman Community Bike Ride
Friday, October 21, 7:15 - 9:15 pm
Patterson Appleton Arts Center, FREE
Embrace your inner superhero! Put together your best superhero costume and join Velo Republic, the Bearded Monk, More Fun Comics and Games, and Audacity Brew House for a SUPER community bike ride. There will be prizes for the best costumes so make sure to sport your best cap, mask, and lycra! Costume contest begins at 7:15 pm at the Arts Center; ride begins at 8:00 pm; prizes at 9:00 pm!

Creative Space: Comic Strip Creation
Thursday, November 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Patterson Appleton Arts Center
$50 ($45 for GDAC members)
So you want to make comics? Join curator and artist Josh Rose for a night of comic creation! Josh will start the night by delving into his process from start to finish. Participants will finish the night off by creating their own 3-4 panel comic strip! For adults over 21; BYOB; all supplies provided. Register.

First Fridays at the Arts Center
Friday, November 4, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Patterson Appleton Arts Center

Celebrate First Fridays and exhibition Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production. Enjoy complimentary admission to the exhibition and play comics-inspired games in the galleries. Enter to win our Super Hero Costume Contest with guest judge Jessie Frye. Stay late for a screening of Superman (1978) starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman. Popcorn and sodas will be available for purchase.

Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production is on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center until December 10. The exhibition is presented in partnership with More Fun Comics & Games, Freaks and Geeks, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Denton. For more information, visit

Brooklyn Defender Superhero Pub Crawl
Saturday, November 5, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
In celebration of the Heroes in the Making exhibition, Brooklyn Brewery has teamed up with bars across Denton to host the Brooklyn Defender Superhero Pub Crawl! The Bearded Monk, Mellow Mushroom, Eastside, Oak Street Draft House and Cocktail Parlor, and Harvest House have partnered with local artists to recreate the Defender superhero. Participants can enter to win a costume contest! This free flow crawl will start at the PAAC and end at Harvest House. So suit up, grab a frosty Brooklyn Brewery beer, and DEFEND DENTON!

Super Family Day: Be a Hero for the Arts
Saturday, November 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Patterson Appleton Arts Center, FREE
Enjoy a fun-filled day of celebrating the power of arts in our community! Families are invited to experience a full day of activities including Saturday morning cartoons, comics making, recycled costume contest with SCRAP Denton, and more.

Comics and Crafts: Behind the Panels
Saturday, November 12, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Oak Street Draft House & Cocktail Parlor
Grab a pint and delve into the art of comics with a “panel” discussion lead by local comic book experts, Josh Rose (curator), Shaun Treat (historian), Tim Stoltzfus (More Fun Comics and Games), Jake Eckes, and David Hopkins (Comic Writer)!

Image detail: New Teen Titans, Issue 15, Page 9, 1982, Marv Wolfman & George Perez, 10.75 x 15.5

Image detail: New Teen Titans, Issue 15, Page 9, 1982, Marv Wolfman & George Perez, 10.75 x 15.5

sponsorship opportunities

Interested in supporting the arts and joining in on the comic book fun? Check out our sponsorship opportunities below and contact for more information!

thank you to our generous sponsors


Funded in part by the City of Denton