Lumm tows that narrow line largely thanks to his understated style. With thick lines and bold contrast reminiscent of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World), Lumm's characters exude a bleakness tempered only by an almost glossy level of texture and coloring - a skill Lumm no doubt picked up working as a colorist at Image Comics for 9 years. The resulting images feel mournful and proud all at once, as if to remind us that these are people with whom we share a collective past - and hopefully a future.
"The Rest of Us" will debut tonight at 7 at Pink Ghost, located at 21 W. Las Olas Blvd., Ste. B, in Fort Lauderdale. Aside from the artwork, you can take in free cupcakes and homespun tunes. Call 954-616-1304, or visit pinkghost.net.
March 21-April 4, 7 p.m., 2009