Liberty University Art Gallery Showcases Work of Comic Book Artist
Comic book artist Lee Weeks visited Liberty University this week, sharing his life story and giving drawing demonstrations to students of the Department of Studio & Digital Arts (SADA). His works include well-known characters such as Marvel Comics' Daredevil, Wolverine, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, and DC Comics' Batman. Some of them are featured in a Liberty University Art Gallery exhibition that opened Thursday, Sept. 19, and runs through Nov. 10. An opening reception was held Thursday evening.
"Lee Weeks has more than two decades of industry experience. He's worked at the highest levels of the comic book industry and has received recognition in his craft for excellence," said Todd Smith, SADA chair. "We're so pleased to have him here to share with the students, campus, and community."
Dr. Norman Mintle, dean of the School of Communication & Creative Arts (which encompasses SADA) added, "Meeting Lee Weeks is like stepping into the professional fairy tale world of the comic book and sitting at the feet of a master storyteller.
"Immersing in his art allows us to see how Weeks experiences God's creativity in his own work. His presence here at Liberty provides a wonderful template for our students to follow. We're delighted Mr. Weeks has given so generously of himself, his talent, and his time."
Weeks has brought comics to life for 26 years. He has also written storylines for Marvel including this summer's "Angels Unaware," a three-issue Daredevil story (part of "Daredevil: Dark Nights"), which he also drew.
"I love the craft of storytelling, whether it is in film, in music, in poetry, or comic books," Weeks told students during a forum Tuesday night in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center. "(Comic Books are) just as valid a form of telling an idea or a story than anything else that is out there."
He said God is the "greatest storyteller" and the desire to tell stories "is a result of our being made in His image."
"Angels Unaware," was written with the hopes of sharing Gospel truths in a way that would be received by the comic book audience, Weeks said. He noted that Daredevil encounters "the real thing" in the story.