On December the 11th, 2010, Open Space will be hosting a party to celebrate both the closing of the show “Visible Matter (Above Ground)” and the release of Closed Caption Comics Issue 9.

Closed Caption Comics is a bookmaking cooperative formed by Maryland Institute College of Art students in 2005. Five years later, members are scattered across the globe but continue to produce printed products of the highest quality. Issue number 9 is no exception: 192 pages, squarebound, full color cover with black and white innards with content running the full gamut of comics possibilities. Featuring (in order of appearance) Pete Razon, Lane Milburn, Conor Stechschulte, Noel Freibert, Ryan Cecil Smith, Chris Day, Erin Womack, Andrew Neyer, Mollie Goldstrom, Molly O’Connell, and Zach Hazard Vaupen. (Printed in Canada and supported in part by a grand from The Baltimore Council of Promotion and the Arts, the State Arts Council, and Mayor Sheila Dixon.)

Visible Matter (Above Ground) features the work of Noel Freibert and Carlos Gonzales. Noel is a member of Closed Caption Comics as well as an accomplished musician and security guard. Carlos Gonzales is the creator of the comics series “Slime Freak” and performs music under the name “Russian Tsarlag.”