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To infinity and beyond

New show at TCA combines comics, cartoons with real-world space exploration

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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014 7:33 am

Calling all Trekkies and fans of the galaxy, the mother ship is calling and is predicted to land Jan. 17 in The Gallery at Tempe Center of the Arts.

“American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction ... and Beyond!” is an exhibition that will fuel inner heros and scientists of all ages through its comic book collections, famous cartoon sketches, space-rover photographs, and even real space matter.

With the help of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and Center for Science and the Imagination — which supplied meteorites and photos from lunar landers, among other factual evidence — as well as local artists, the show brings together sciencie-fiction and science fact to examine the influences the great beyond has had on pop culture.

Covering everything from the cartoon Marvin the Martian to actual 150-pound meteorites, American POP! brings memores of childhood and space movies face to face with life-size intergalactic realities.

There’s a wall of signed 1960s Batman villian photographs, as well as original art, limited edition pieces and vintage memorabilia from some of America’s favorite pop culture icons, such as Warner Bros. cartoonist Chuck Jones.

In addition to the compilation on display, American POP! features Sci-Fi Fridays, when special guests will conduct experiments, lead discussions, and host other activities for no additional charge. For a complete schedule of Sci-Fi Friday events, call the box office or visit and click on “Art Gallery.”


What: “American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction ... and Beyond!” an all-ages exhibition touching on the worlds of comics, graphic novels, gaming, toys, television and movies.

When: Opens Friday, Jan. 17. On display 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, through June 8.

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway

Cost: Free admission

Information: (480) 350-2822 or

• Cissy, a junior at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for GetOut. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or

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