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Art & Design Homecoming Exhibit Features ONU Graduate Kyle Hotz?

Kyle Hotz, image from The Creepy TreeOct. 17, 2008 - Graphic novel illustrator Kyle Hotz (BFA ’93) of Bellbrook, Ohio is this year’s department of art & design’s Homecoming Exhibit and Lecture Series featured artist. The show highlights a number of panels from his recent novel, The Creepy Tree, which includes original, preliminary sketches to completed color comprehensives.

The lecture will begin at 3p.m. on Friday, October 17 in the Wilson Art Center. A reception will follow at 4p.m. at the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery. The exhibition runs from October 17–31.

Kyle has worked as an illustrator and writer of comic books since 1991. His work has appeared in a series published by Marvel Comics (Periscope Studios), DC Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. He has completed work on Marvel’s Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal, The Man-Thing and The Hood under Marvel’s MAX Comics imprint. Often referred to as the “master of macabre,” Kyle created Mosaic in 1999 under Sirius, his first written and illustrated graphic novel. Other horror titles Kyle has worked on include Ghost Ride, Zombie, Criminal Macabre and Evil Ernie. In 2007 at DC, his work won a Young Adult Library Services Association Award (Great Graphic Novels for Teens) for Bill the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities.

Novelist and screenwriter Philip Nutman says of Kyle’s work, “Like the cinematographers of Hollywood’s golden age, Hotz knows how to paint with light and shade, creating a chiaroscuro world worthy of Caravaggio. Add to this his eye for twisted detail and an ability to make the everyday appear strange and/or menacing. Well, I don’t think either Bosch or Goya would be disappointed… Alongside Kelley Jones, [Kyle] is unquestionably one of the finest artists of the macabre working in comics today.”

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and before Freed Center events. For additional information about the University’s 2008-09 gallery season, contact the department of art & design 419.772.2160 or