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April 11, 2006

Chris Offutt Discusses Comics In April 21 Writers' Workshop Lecture

Chris Offutt, a University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus and visiting faculty member, will discuss "Comic Books Come of Age" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Room 150S of the Seamans Center on the UI campus.

The lecture, a part of the workshop's new Writers' Workshop Lecture Series, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Offutt, a Lannan and Whiting Award winner and a Guggenheim fellow, made his comic-writing debut last year in "Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, No. 6" and he wrote an essay, "Why I Love Comics," for "RoadStrips: A Graphic Journey Across America." Another comics essay appeared in "Give our Regards to the Atomsmashers," and DC comics has asked him to write for "Batman."

"People who write and draw their own comic books have more creative freedom than any other artist," Offutt says. "They have independent control over both text and image, which function equally together. Every other artist either collaborates or deploys language separate from imagery."

Offutt's books are the short-story collections "Out of the Woods" and "Kentucky Straight," the novel "The Good Brother," and the memoirs "The Same River Twice" and "No Heroes."

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit their Web page at www.uiowa.edu/~iww/.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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