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The Art of Comics

Comics have shaped American popular culture since their first appearance in 19th century newspapers. But it was the visionary founders of Andrews McMeel Universal in Kansas City who, starting in 1970, challenged convention to give voice to groundbreaking comic storytellers and cultural commentators, having a profound and lasting effect on the medium.

This exhibit explores the evolution of the funny pages, from Doonesbury to Calvin and Hobbes to the new frontier that is web comics, all through the lens of the company that resulted from that legendary partnership. The comics presented in this show represent some of the most groundbreaking, monumental and impactful to come from Andrews McMeel Universal throughout its 47-year history.

About Andrews McMeel Universal

The Andrews McMeel Universal story begins with the dynamic partnership of Jim Andrews and John McMeel in 1970. Their entrepreneurial vision and values continue to serve as the foundation of what has grown to become a global, independent and integrated media company specializing in comics, commentary, illustrated humor and inspirational content.

Distinguished by a creator-first approach and an uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture, the remarkable roster of talent across newspaper syndication; book, calendar and greeting card publishing; digital consumer experiences; and entertainment licensing includes dozens of New York Times best-selling authors and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Reuben Award and Emmy Award.

Today, Andrews McMeel Universal continues the tradition of its founders, seeking out and championing creators who represent the timeless voices of their generation, whose work remains significant and relevant, and will so for generations to come.

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