Comic Book Literacy, North Texas filmmaker Todd Kent's feature-length, award-winning (read: festival-approved) indie documentary, operates under the premise that comic books tend to be thought of as some kind of "ghetto medium," or inferior "junk food for the brain." Seeking to shatter negative stereotypes, the film instead paints comic books and graphic novels in a new light as an educational tool--for children and adults. The idea is that through the power of "the visual narrative," comic books promote literacy in children and adults by providing a bit visual stimulation with their reading. The film also features interviews with writers, artists, educators, researchers and comic book fans like Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada to Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize winning creator of Maus. Catch the Dallas premiere 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., followed by a panel discussion with director/writer/producer Kent. Admission is included in the $10 general admission price. Visit dallasmuseumofart.com or comicbookliteracy.com.
Sat., Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m., 2011