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LGBT Comics, John Farina and Adam Tully & Chris Butler’s ‘Easy Life’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Scholar Valentino Zullo uses our favorite comics to analyze LGBT history in light of the highly-anticipated International Gay Games in Cleveland. Local collectors and art patrons John Farina and Adam Tully prepare to open their new Zygote Press Exhibit and David C. Barnett fills us in on Chris Butler's new album.

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Cover image of Chris Butler's new album 'Easy Life' referenced in today's interview.

Additional Information

As part of a series at the Cleveland Public Library, Scholar Valentino Zullo will present “Out of the Closet and into the Costume: Gay Comix” on August 2nd. He will discuss the history of the LGBT community in America by analyzing our favorite superheroes, which aligns with the upcoming International Gay Games in Cleveland.

Local art collectors John Farina and Adam Tully share what draws them to artwork are preparing to exhibit some of their collections in the Zygote Press galleries from August 8 through 30. They’re also the owners of the Maria Neil Art Project in Waterloo Arts District.

David C. Barnett, of ideastream, gets the scoop on Chris Butler‘s new CD. The Kent State University grad is known for his work in bands like The Waitresses and Tin Huey. The new album, Easy Life, reflects hardships such as being a student during the famous Kent State shooting in 1970. Chris Butler and some of his friends and former bandmates will be playing this Friday night at Musica in Akron at 8:00. 


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Valentino Zullo, MSSA student and comics scholar

John Farina, collector, art patron
Adam Tully, collector, art patron

Chris Butler, musician

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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