in 1990 the Words & Pictures Museum of Fine Sequential Art opened
its doors to the public in October of 1992, dedicated solely
to the preservation, interpretation and exhibition of contemporary
comic book artwork.
by philanthropist and artist Kevin B. Eastman (Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles) the Museum is located in Northampton, Massachusetts.
A unique, culturally innovative community with a long history
of political outspokenness Northampton boasted the Museum amongst
its major tourist attractions.
for its first two years in the historic Roundhouse building
the Museum moved in January 1995 to the Beardsley's building
named for the 19-century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley.
Between 1992 and 1999 the Museum curated and mounted almost
100 exhibits each focusing on a different aspect of the comic
book/illustration genres and received enormous public acclaim.
In 1999 after long consideration, discussion and calculation
Words & Pictures Museum made the decision to reinvent itself,
tailoring its educational programming and outreach to a global
audience. By creating an entirely Virtual Museum we can reach
millions of interested fans globally. Fans that could never
make the trip to Northampton.
Museum will evolve daily and we trust become an invaluable resource
and research tool for fans and non fans alike to learn, and
enjoy the amazing world of comics and their ongoing contributions
to popular culture.