Artist's rendering of the San Diego ComicArt Gallery opening Friday.
Artist’s rendering of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery opening Friday.

San Diego will get it’s first venue dedicated to sequential comic book art when the San Diego Comic Art Gallery opens Friday in Liberty Station.

The gallery was created by IDW Publishing, a San Diego-based publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks that has grown to become the fourth largest comic book publisher in the United States.

IDW expects the new gallery to “become a destination to worldwide fans of the medium, and cement San Diego’s status as a capital of the comic arts” and home to Comic-Con International.

The new gallery will open with an exhibit of the prolific work of San Diego resident Kevin Eastman, co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Featuring numerous highlights from the very first turtle sketch to the most recent comic book cover, fans get a first-hand look into the creation of a pop-culture sensation.

The grand opening is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at 2765 Truxtun Road in Liberty Station.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.