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Phoenix College Draws Attention To Comic Artists

Panels Event

This exhibition event highlights local artists, comic legend Todd McFarlane 
and up-and-coming art students. Tickets for this event are available now.

Phoenix College is drawing on the local comic scene to highlight the opening of the new exhibit “Panels” at the college’s Eric Fischl Gallery on February 10, 2020. The opening reception will feature an interactive artist’s workshops for Phoenix College students, panels with the exhibit’s four primary artists and a keynote by local legend Todd McFarlane.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. with artist workshops, open exclusively to Phoenix College Students. At 4 p.m., exhibit artists Jay Fotos, Ed Luce, Jeff Pina, and Val Hochberg will present their work. A 5 p.m., comic book creator, producer, and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane will present a keynote address. The festivities will close with a reception from 6-8 p.m.

The “Panels” exhibit is intended to highlight the vibrant works of some of the industry’s best comic and sequential artists. It will also provide an educational opportunity for up and coming Phoenix College students to interact with these amazing professional artists. The exhibit will run through March 5.

McFarlane is known for his work on Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise, along with creating the "Spawn" and "Venom" characters, comic books and movies. He also produced music videos for Pearl Jam and Korn's, "Freak on a Leash."

This event will have exceptional visual opportunities for the colorful artwork created by these talented local students, along with artist interviews, and a rare opportunity to capture the genius of hearing McFarlane speak in person.

Nestled on top of Phoenix College’s fine arts building, the Eric Fischl Gallery combines panoramic views of downtown Phoenix and some of the most exciting artwork in the Valley. The Gallery routinely features exhibitions of local and national artists along with the works of exciting artists-in-training from Phoenix College. The gallery is named after Phoenix College Alumni and New York City artist Eric Fischl. 

Please see below for all of the additional details - and feel free to reach out in advance for media passes to the event.

  • WHAT: "PANELS" Comics & Sequential Art Exhibition opening night and reception, including a keynote address by world-renowned Todd McFarlane.
  • WHERE: The Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College: 1212 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 
  • WHEN: Monday, February 10, 2020, beginning with artists' presentations at 4PM - McFarlane to speak at 5PM; refreshments and meet & greet with artists to follow 
  • MISC: The artwork highlighted at this event will include: Animation & Time-Based Media | Graphic Design | Game Art | Illustration & Sequential Arts
    • Please RSVP no later than Friday, February 7th for media passes and to coordinate interviews 

About Phoenix College:

Phoenix College is the flagship of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. The College will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates, and short-term job training to more than 17,000 students annually.

For media inquiries, please contact PC Marketing Manager, Erika Keenan at or at 602.285.7842.

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