AUBURN — Local graphic artist Dan Bru grew up on a steady diet of comic books, horror movies, KISS, sci-fi, cartoons and MAD magazine — and it shows in his creations.

Born in 1972 in Mobile, Ala., he was interested in art at an early age and would re-create scenes from popular comic books, using pencils and crayons.

“I like to think of my art as a contagious disease. I hope to infect as many people as possible,” said Bru, whose artwork will be shown in L/A Arts’ Art & Ale window at Gritty McDuff’s in the downtown through Sept. 24..

After graduating from the University of South Alabama in 1996 with a degree in graphic design, he went into business for himself creating and marketing action figures based on the popular Mego toy line of the 1970s and early ’80s. Later, he worked as a professional graphic designer and last year started the 3-D Monster blog and art store, an outlet for his unusual interests and art. He has amassed a devoted online following, has added more than 100 new art pieces to his repertoire and has sold his art worldwide.

Bru will have his first major gallery showing this November as part of the “Oh my Skull” exhibit at The Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, N.J.

All of the works in the window are for sale and may be viewed online at For more information, contact L/A Arts at 782-7228 or [email protected]

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