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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Jim Rugg (b. 1977). Street Angel, “Down in the Dumpster Blues,” 1994. Porous point pen, India ink, and opaque white drawing. Street Angel, no. 4, 2004. Gift, Jim Rugg, 2009. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (025.01.00) © Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-65097
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Jim Rugg (b. 1977). Street Angel, “Down in the Dumpster Blues,” 1994. Porous point pen, India ink, and opaque white drawing. Street Angel, no. 4, 2004. Gift, Jim Rugg, 2009. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (025.01.01) © Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-65098
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Street Angel

In the midst of a science fiction series, Jesse Sanchez, a.k.a. Street Angel, a skateboarding street avenger who fights nearly impossible creatures, wakes up hungry one Sunday morning. Here, in a way that is neither condescending nor sentimental about Jesse’s plight, artist Jim Rugg beautifully renders Jesse’s pleasure in discovering donuts in a dumpster behind a bakery. He then poignantly depicts her pain at being seen by a classmate from a nearby church parking lot. Rugg and writer Brian Maruca first introduced Street Angel through Slave Labor Graphics in 2004.

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