Comic genius

Artist to display his work at Liberty

The new Liberty University Art Gallery will soon be hosting the work of renowned comic book artist Sergio Cariello, a man known for his work with big-name companies. His résumé features drawing famous characters including Wolverine, Captain America, Hulk, Ironman, Batman and many others.

action — Sergio Cariello has illustrated many famous superhero characters. Photo credit: Sergio Cariello

Action — Sergio Cariello has illustrated many famous superhero characters. Photo credit: Sergio Cariello

In his career, Cariello has worked for DC and Marvel comics and even developed a graphic Bible that has sold approximately 800,000 copies worldwide. His “Story of Jesus Booklet” animates the gospel and has been freely distributed to more than 39 million children around the globe in various languages.

Those involved in the exhibit are looking forward to having Cariello display his work at Liberty and get students excited about different forms of art. Gallery assistant Chelsea Bevins said the department is thrilled to host Cariello and the opportunity to attract more students to the gallery.

After comic book artist Lee Weeks’ works were displayed last year, Liberty has been looking into bringing more similar talent to inspire students to shine using their God-given talents in real-world fields they plan to enter. Chair of the Studio and Digital Arts department Todd Smith estimates opening night will bring in at least 500 students — the same number that showed up to the Weeks exhibit last year.

The exhibit is open to the public, and department officials hope it will attract comic book fans from all over Virginia and North Carolina. Those who plan on visiting the exhibit can expect to see a large variety of pieces both from Cariello’s Marvel and DC work as well as pieces from the Action Bible.

The exhibit will open Sept. 18 and will remain open until Nov. 8. The opening ceremony will take place Sept. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. where Cariello will be selling and signing prints.

Cariello will also be speaking in a forum about his life experience in the comic book world Sept. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room 4040 in DeMoss Hall.

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