A Toast to Comics

Dates: Thu May 31, 12

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location:
KIA Auditorium
314 South Park
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Contact:
Heather
(269) 349-7775 ext. 3111
heatherr@kiarts.org

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is excited to welcome Dave Coverly as our special guest artist for the 2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair! Dave has kindly taken the time from his busy Speed Bump calendar to design this year's commemorative Art Fair T-shirt, and he will be unveiling the design on Thursday, May 31.

Come, meet Dave, purchase a T-shirt or a book and get it autographed by the cartoonist. Admission is free and a cash bar will be available.

For more information, call (269) 349-7775.

About Dave Coverly
Coverly grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, and began cartooning seriously in 1986 as an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University, where he penned a comic panel called "Freen" for the Eastern Echo. He also studied in England during this time, and returned to EMU to receive his bachelor's degree in both philosophy and imaginative writing in 1987. He continued his cartooning in graduate school at Indiana University, where his panel in the Indiana Daily Student won numerous national awards; he was graduated from IU with a master's in creative writing in 1992.

While taking a year off from graduate school, Coverly was an art director for a public relations firm, and an editorial cartoonist for the Battle Creek Enquirer. In 1990, he returned to Indiana and became the editorial cartoonist for The Herald-Times in Bloomington. His cartoons became regularly reprinted in such publications as Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, and USA Today. In 1994, Creators Syndicate picked up his untitled cartoon panel, helped choose the name Speed Bump, and a year later it was running in nearly 100 papers. Coverly left The Herald-Times in 1995 to concentrate on his syndicated work.

In addition to his syndicated work, Coverly's cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, and his cartoons are now regularly featured in Parade Magazine, the most widely read magazine in the world with a circulation of 73 million. He also donates cartoons and artwork to both of PETA's magazines, Animal Times and Grrr! For Kids. Over the years, his work has been published in hundreds of school textbooks, magazines, newsletters, and a variety of merchandise, including greeting cards and calendars for American Greetings, beer bottle labels for Bell's Brewery, and CD covers for The Bob & Tom Show. His art has been exhibited in Kilkenny Castle in Ireland, been honored with a retrospective gallery show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and original pieces also hang in the offices of numerous luminaries, including Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper.

For more information about Dave Coverly, visit his website by clicking here.

Dave Coverly

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