Monday, November 7, 2011

"Liars Club" comic book honors WWII vets

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“Liars Club” Comic Book Exhibit Features Greene County World War II Veterans

Michael Fleishman’s new “Liars Club” comic book, in partnership with the Greene County Council on Aging, will be released to the public during Veterans Day week 2011. The comic introduces us to a group of vibrant WWII veterans who meet daily for breakfast with tales to tell at a Xenia, Ohio, McDonalds restaurant.

A reception with the featured veterans and the author/illustrator will be held Wednesday, November 9, 4-6 PM, at the Greene County Media Room, 541 Ledbetter Road, in Xenia.

On Friday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day), 6-9 PM, there will be an Opening Reception to kick-off a month-long exhibit featuring the book and other works by Fleishman at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, utilizing a special venue with improved accessibility at 111 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Copies of the comic book will be available to purchase for $5 at both events, with proceeds benefitting the Greene County Council on Aging.

On Friday, November 18, 6-9 PM, as part of Third Weekend Fling in the Springs, there will be another reception (also at 111 Corry Street) which will include an Artist Salon Talk with Fleishman and a screening of “Letters From Frank,” a documentary short by Yellow Springs filmmaker Joanne Caputo (Fleishman’s wife) about her mother’s WWII love letter collection. “Letters” recently received a Juror’s Award from the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, and was the 2nd Place Winner at the Yellow Springs 2011 Short Film Festival.

Widowers, and almost all in their 90′s,
the three “Liars’ Club” veterans have
been spending mornings together for
about eight years. They joke that maybe
15 percent of their stories are the truth.
But Charlie Bath, Earl Ellis, and
Jack Newhouse have poignant lessons
to share about love, life and liberty.
Proud of their service to the country and
of their hometown, these gentlemen call
Xenia, Ohio, “America.” “It’s one of the
best places in the United States,”
declares Charlie, 90. “When we go out
someplace to visit and they ask me
where I’m from…I say America.
People know this place when you talk
of America. Folks recognize that name—
Xenia, Ohio. This is America
and we’re proud of it.”

Author/Illustrator Michael Fleishman is an Associate Professor of Commercial Art at Edison Community College in Piqua, where one of his students, Mark Gibbs, is a featured illustrator for the comic. A resident of Yellow Springs, Fleishman has also authored six books on illustration and design, including the recent Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2010).

The “Liars Club” exhibit at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street, will be up through Saturday, November 26; extended gallery hours are Saturdays, November 19 & 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information about the exhibit or to schedule a private viewing, contact the artist at 937-767-7955 or

The Greene County Council on Aging is a not-for-profit countywide organization that promotes independence and quality of life for Greene County senior citizens and caregivers.