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“Misfit Lit: Contemporary Comic Art”


For aficionados of the genre, the “Misfit Lit” experience was like being afflicted with a serious sweet tooth at a pie-eating contest. Confronted with so much interesting work crammed into so few rooms, one had to quell a little stab of panic at the overwhelming plenty and stifle the urge to stuff oneself sick. Isn’t it time to establish a few museums devoted to this flourishing medium, which has outgrown the modest accommodations “alternative” art spaces can provide? Or would that be ushering an art/literary form characterized by flexibility, spiritedness, and iconoclasm into the restrictive, sanitized confines of “high”-art institutions? Who’s to say the best place for a work of art is on a pristine white wall, rather than lying open and dog-eared on a reader’s lap?

“Misfit Lit” was curated by Gary Groth, who has, with copublisher Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics Books, made some of the most

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