Theres no way to tell how many people Rob Reger saved; how many tweens, when presented with their first Emily the Strange comic, suddenly had a flash of insight, from Oh! The Disney Channel sucks! to Fuck the pep rally, Mom. These kids went on to think about forming bands and creating art (and, in some cases, actually doing that) and to be generally and deliciously morose during adolescence, early adulthood, and even right up to the present, if the juju was strong. And they did it around the world: There are Emily stores in Thailand, Hong Kong, Greece, and Taiwan (but none here, for now). Next up for the kids in the Emily empire are young adult novels from HarperCollins, but creator Reger has other plans for adults. The art in his solo exhibit, Change of Strange, is more for galleries than comic books, but its art Emily would like, all playful, dark, and lovely, with multiple monsters commingling in Escher-like, boldly colored works. A bit of the trippier Dr. Seuss is in there as well.
An opening reception starts at 7 p.m.
Feb. 20-March 27, 2009