Comic Book Artist to Release Original Artwork for ‘Made in Lincoln Park’ – The News Herald

One of Lincoln Park’s native sons gives back to his community by posting original artwork paying homage to some of the city’s greatest accomplishments.

Illustrator and comic book designer Bill Morrison has created a visual tribute to his hometown, an original piece of art titled “Made in Lincoln Park”. The piece will debut at 1 p.m. on December 11 at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, when prints of the work go on sale to the public.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Bill for offering his art as a generous gift to the community,” said museum curator Jeff Day. “Funds raised will benefit the Historical Museum during this Lincoln Park Centennial Year.”

The subjects of “Made in Lincoln Park” are personalities from the city’s history who have made significant contributions to the American cultural landscape.

At the top of this list is Lincoln Park legend Preston Tucker, an automotive inventor and pioneer who worked as a motorcycle patroller in his early twenties, while living and raising a family in the new town.

Tucker later became an inventor and automaker with his revolutionary ’48 Tucker sedan. Tucker’s story was brought to the big screen in Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Tucker, the Man and his Dream” with Jeff Bridges in the title role.

Actor Lyn Osborn may not be as well-known as some of the others, in part because his career lasted for a relatively short period of time as he passed away at a young age.

Osborn graduated from Lincoln Park High School in 1943 and served in the Navy during World War II. He played the role of Happy Cadet in the first science fiction television series “Space Patrol” from 1950 to 1955. Osborn died of a brain tumor at the age of 32.

Ball player Mary Moore, who graduated from Lincoln Park High School in 1950, showed exceptional skills as an athlete in school and by the early 1950s played with the Springfield Sallies and the Battle Creek Belles. in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Their story was later described in the 1992 hit film, “A League of Their Own”. Moore continues to be active at 89.

Chuck Miller, the designer-builder of custom cars, created his full-scale winners The Fire Truck and The Red Baron Roadster, as well as his Zingers! Half-scale monster engine series, which brought him national acclaim.

The 1961 Lincoln Park High School graduate, 79, was in town last August, where he received a ceremonial key to the city from Mayor Tom Karnes at the opening of the historical museum exhibit celebrating his career spanning more than six decades.

In the mid-1960s, one of the flagship alternative rock groups of the era emerged from Lincoln Park – The MC5. The group produced three groundbreaking albums of their own music and numerous 45s. Today, the MC5s are recognized as the ancestors of the punk rock genre alongside the Stooges, whom they heavily influenced.

Illustrator Gary Grimshaw, a 1963 graduate of Lincoln Park High School and high school friend of MC5 singer RobTyner, began his career as a poster artist for the Grande Ballroom. The MC5 served as a house group there from 1966 to 1971.

His career as an illustrator and artist continued until his death in 2014. Grimshaw and the MC5 were synonymous with Detroit’s era of counterculture and left a lasting legacy.

Morrison is a well-known artist among Simpsons fans thanks to his decades-long stint as the creative director of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s publishing house, Bongo Entertainment. He has also drawn thousands of Simpsons images for advertising, promotion, and limited edition fine art. He produced designs for episodes of the television series as well as for the movie The Simpsons.

Morrison began his career in Hollywood as an illustrator, painting dozens of movie posters including several for Walt Disney Pictures. The list of his classic movie posters includes The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, The Land Before Time, The Jetsons Movie and many more.

Artist Bill Morrison is well known to Simpsons fans for his decades-long stint as the creative director of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s publishing house, Bongo Entertainment. (Self-portrait drawing courtesy of Lincoln Park Historical Museum)

When Groening founded Bongo Entertainment, Morrison was on board as art director and drew the very first Simpsons comic book. He was the Creative Director, editing the entirety of Bongo’s book and comics, and writing and drawing stories and covers.

He has also worked with Groening on the TV series Futurama, as the artistic director of the series, and most recently with Groening on his Netflix series, Disenchantment.

Morrison wrote and drawn the graphic novel adaptation of The Beatles Yellow Submarine for Titan Comics in 2020, and was the editor-in-chief of MAD Magazine.

In 2016, Lincoln Park honored Morrison by presenting him with a Key to the City during a presentation at the Historical Museum’s career retrospective.

“Bill’s talents were recognized at Mixter Elementary School and Huff High School before being shared with the world,” said Mayor Tom Karnes. “He left his mark as a great artist while maintaining the values ​​of his hometown. He’s a real Lincoln Parker. “Since that time Bill has donated his artwork and talents to help the museum. Now he has created a work of art to celebrate Lincoln Park and support the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. “Made in Lincoln Park” is a wonderful tribute to the city from someone who was just that. “

On Saturday, Morrison will attend the museum sale and signing where prints of his “Made in Lincoln Park” artwork will be available for the first time. Signed prints will be available for purchase for $ 50 each, with a limit of two prints per person.

The art print measures 11 inches by 14 inches and is suitable for framing. Prints will remain on sale during regular museum hours or by phone, mail or online orders.

Normal museum hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. until December 29. The museum is closed for the month of January and will reopen on February 2. The museum is located at 1335 Southfield Road.

For more information call 313-386-3137, email [email protected]; check them out on Facebook or visit the Lincoln Park Historical Museum website at lphistorical.org.

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