When we think of comics, our thoughts often turn toward the superheroes and the mainstream strip cartoons, mainly designed for kids. But an alternative market has been gaining traction for the past 25 years, turning comics into an art form and designed not only for kids but also for an older audience.

An exhibit at the Living Arts Centre pays tribute to the graphic novels, ‘zines and alternative comics that explore the complexities of real life, push boundaries and transform low art into literature. The artists, from Mississauga and Toronto, have published their works independently and use the comic format for personal creativity and expression.

The exhibition runs until March 18 at the Living Arts Centre gallery. Artists Caeleigh Boara, Matthew Brown, CGhirardo, Joy San and Katie Shanahan plan to be in attendance for the opening reception on Jan. 18.

Image courtesy of Katie Shanahan