VIDEO: The Illustrious Derf & Ayala

VIDEO: The Illustrious Derf & Ayala
Comic Book Fans, Toy Aficionados and Art Lovers Unite

Wall Eye Gallery has done it again. Quickly becoming known for unique exhibits that feature a wide variety of styles, mediums and artists, Wall Eye Gallery continues the trend with their newest exhibit. ILLUSTRIOUS: An Exhibit of Illustration and Design, opens with a reception at 6PM on Fri 4/22 @ Wall Eye Gallery, at 5304 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, featuring comic book art, traditional drawing, posters, prints, and toy design. Original sketches from Walt Disney Studios, Fox Studios and DC Comics will also be exhibited. Curated by Joe Ayala, the exhibit features 15 fantastic artists including Arabella Proffer, The Bubble Process, Herb Ascherman III, John G., Jeffrey Lamm and, the evening’s headliner: Derf.

Check out the exclusive Cool Cleveland video interview with curator Joe Ayala, and headliner Derf here.

My Friend Dahmer, the upcoming graphic novel by Derf, is the showcase piece of the evening. Wall Eye Gallery’s ILLUSTRIOUS exhibit will include an exclusive preview of never-before-seen original pages from the autobiographical tale of the artist, and his long-time friendship with Jeffrey Dahmer, the most infamous serial killer in U.S. “A work-in-progress since 1994, My Friend Dahmer is the chilling memoir of their friendship and of the strange boy who struggled in vain against the nightmarish compulsions that roiled in his head, until ultimately, he feel into the abyss and became the most depraved serial killer since Jack the Ripper,” says Joe Ayala.

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Derf and some of Cleveland’s most talented illustrators and designers, enjoy a lively gallery show and see some classic sketches from DC Comics and Walt Disney Studios.

ILLUSTRIOUS: An Exhibit of Illustration and Design opens with a reception at 6PM on Fri 4/22 @ Wall Eye Gallery. The exhibit is open from 6-11PM on Fri 4/22, noon – 4PM on Sat 4/23 and noon – 3PM on Sun 4/24. The exhibit is also open by appointment through Fri 4/29. For more information, visit

Julie Cajigas is a Cleveland girl who grew up on the East & West Side and now lives near Akron – she’s got the whole town covered. Cajigas holds degrees in Communication & Music from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication at CSU.

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