Monday, February 3, 2014
Three important comics artists with local ties are highlighted in a Black History Month exhibit at the City-County Building.
Beyond the Funny Pages: The Works of Art and Life Captured in Comics opens with a reception tonight, from 6-8 p.m.
Evans, born in Steelton, is regarded as the first African-American comics publisher.
Ormes, raised in Monongahela, was the first African-American woman cartoonist. Active in the mid-20th century, she was known for newspaper strips like “Patty-Jo ’n’ Ginger” and characters including Torchy Brown.
And Baker, raised in Pittsburgh, was known for the 1940s comic-book heroine Phantom Lady.
Tonight’s reception will include live music by Roger Humphries and remarks by speakers including Mayor Bill Peduto.