In the delightful and charming children’s book Nobody Likes a Goblin, Hatke tackles expectations and prejudice. This exhibit presents 40 original watercolors from the book and allows viewers of all ages to walk through the story with Goblin, from his happy life in the dungeon shared with rats and his best friend Skeleton, to his journey out into the world after adventurers kidnap Skeleton and steal everything they own.
This exhibit at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum showcases Hatke’s working method, in which picture books and graphic novels begin as sketches with loosely conceptualized characters and locations. Visitors can scroll through pages from the artist’s sketchbooks on an iPad and view a video about Hatke created by Mirandum Pictures, 2017. The exhibition also features original artwork from Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, Little Robot, Mighty Jack, and Zita the Spacegirl.
This exhibit is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.
Ben Hatke: Nobody Likes a Goblin will be on display in the Florence Wetherill Wilson Gallery of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum from Thursday, July 11, 2019 through Sunday, September 15, 2019. Please join the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University for an opening lecture with Ben Hatke on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:30pm in room 119 of the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center. A reception and book signing will follow in the first floor lobby.