Few art forms have gone as unchanged and unrespected for as long as sequential art, yet none has had as tremendous an impact as the superhero comic book. Veritable templates for inspiration, comic book superheroes are the post-modern mythology, awakening generations of global youth while reflecting the society that spawned them. More than just dynamic illustrations on a page, the comic book is a medium that tells stories, and by presenting an exhibition that celebrates the collaborations of the greatest storytellers, the intention of this exhibition is to open a serious dialogue on the importance of this art form.
Billy Shire's La Luz de Jesus Gallery celebrated 25 years of groundbreaking art shows with its biggest event ever: “La Luz de Jesus 25,” a major retrospective exhibition and companion book. This historic show, which featured work by more than 250 artists who have shown at the gallery over the years, was so extensive that owner Billy Shire split it into two parts, spanning October and November 2011. The book, La Luz de Jesus 25: The Little Gallery That Could, features images of all the art in the show, a personal essay about Shire and the gallery written by each participating artist, essays by La Luz gallery directors and a foreword by Shire. The book is more than a simple record of the show; taken together, the images and essays constitute a history of La Luz de Jesus through the eyes of the artists whose careers are intertwined with Shire and his gallery.