Just Press Their Button is an extensive exhibit, curated by Bill Jeffries and chronicling 150 years of photography as represented in comics and their graphic precursors. The title is a send-up on an old Kodak slogan, You press the button, encouraging early consumers to do-it-themselves and eventually changing our social behaviours. More than 200 examples of original graphics covering the period 1850 to 2000 have been selected. These are supplemented with original comic artwork by Vancouver artists David Boswell (Heartbreak Comics), Robin Konstabaris (Scrambled Brains) and Colin Upton (Big Thing).
The show organizers remark that the frequency with which cameras, photographers, photographs and photo albums have appeared in the history of comics is surprising. Photography has been popularized in comics as a tool for humourous digs, as a subject in buffoon acts, as a form of documentation and surveillance and as consumer products being used by comics characters. In fact, Kodak's Brownie camera was named after a comic book character when it was introduced in 1900.
The public is invited to attend a panel discussion on June 10th at 8 pm, which will be moderated by Robin Fisher and feature artists David Boswell, Robin Konstabaris and Colin Upton.