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A new exhibit at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena highlights the role that animation and comic art has developed within the larger umbrella of fine art. "Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation," opened June 27 and runs through August 15th.

Historically, animation was not considered a fork on the path of the art world, but that has been changing steadily over the last 50 years. Collaborations such as those between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali were just the begining. Today, there are many elements found in painting and other mediums that use styles commonly found in illustrations. "The traveling exhibition of 77 artworks, 28 graphic novels and 400 zines from the last decade focuses on identity politics, but it also demonstrates how cartoon imagery is becoming increasingly accepted."

Among the artists included in the exhibition are Layla Ali, Enrique Chagoya, Marcel Dzama, Inka Essenhigh, Barry McGee (AKA Twist), Yoshitomo Nara and Zak Smith. More information can be found in the Calendar section of today's LA Times.