Media Release — Sequential Art Gallery proudly presents the Art of “HELHEIM”, by Joëlle Jones. Sponsored in part by publisher Oni Press, and comic book retailer Bridge City Comics, Jones will be displaying original pages and variant cover art from her new series “Helheim”, written by Cullen Bunn. The exhibit opens this Thursday, April 4th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm. Copies of “Helheim” #1 will be available for purchase.
Set in the late 6th Century, “Helheim” blends vikings, witchcraft, and undead monsters into a deliciously violent and horrifying mystery. Following her work on DC/Vertigo’s “Madame Xanadu” and Dark Horse’s “House of Night”, Jones is no stranger to the fantasy genre. With “Helheim”, Jones is producing the finest work of her career. In the recently released first issue, Jones expertly depicts the cold northern lands of the vikings, as well as the gore and mayhem of fierce battle, all with her recognizable-yet-clearly-evolving drawing style.
Additionally, the Art of “HELHEIM” exhibit will be part of the Stumptown Comics Fest’s Art Gallery Tours on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th. The Fest offers limited-seating guided tours of several Portland galleries, all featuring exhibits by illustrators and comic book artists. The tours are free to Fest attendees. (www.stumptowncomics.com)
Since her debut in “12 Reasons Why I Love Her” with collaborator Jamie S. Rich, Jones has assembled an impressive body of work (“You Have Killed Me”, “Popgun”, “Fables”, “Ultimate Spider-Man”), with several major publishers (Oni Press, DC/Vertigo, Marvel, and Dark Horse), and worked with other acclaimed creators (Matt Wagner, Brian Michael Bendis, Janet Evanovich). In 2010, she co-created “Spell Checkers” with Rich and Nicolas Hitori de. You can learn more about Jones at her website, www.joellejones.com, and follow her on Twitter, @Joelle_Jones.
The Art of “HELHEIM” will be on display throughout the month of April, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of the tours on Sunday, April 28th.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. Open for regular gallery hours Thursdays (3pm-7pm) and Saturdays (11am-5pm) or by appointment. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway #113 • PDX OR 97209
503-916-9293 • www.sequentialartgallery.com
WHO: Joëlle Jones
WHAT: The Art of “HELHEIM”
WHEN: Thursday, April 4th, 6-10pm; Exhibit on display through April 28th
WHERE: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio, 328 NW Broadway #113, PDX