August is American Artist Appreciation Month, a great time to express appreciation for the Americans who dedicate their lives to art. Grand Rapids has more than its fair share of talented artists and is becoming renowned for its appreciation of art through its museums, galleries and events like ArtPrize. I thought this month would be the perfect time to highlight the work of some Grand Rapids artists at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
When you think of art, you might not immediately think of graphic novels, but Grand Rapids-born Jeffrey Brown is well-known in the comic and graphic arts community for his graphic novels and animation work. He is a prolific graphic novelist, has contributed to a number of graphic anthologies and has even directed an animated music video for the popular band Death Cab for Cutie. He lives in Chicago now, but the foundation for many of his autobiographical tales are rooted in his Grand Rapids childhood.
Some of Jeffrey’s titles available at GRPL include:
If you’ve never read a graphic novel, check out our GRPLpedia page on graphic novels. Reading a Jeffrey Brown novel is a great intro to this form of books – and you’d be supporting the work of a local artist.