WINONA WHITAKER, Editor-in-Chief
MOBERLY — A love of horror movies and werewolves shared by her grandmother turned into an art exhibit at Moberly Area Community College for Megan Brock.
Grandma Ollie introduced Brock to the black-and-white horror films of old Hollywood stars such as Vincent Price and Boris Karloff, Brook said at an artist reception at MACC’s Jorgenson Fine Arts gallery this month. -this.
The 1980s brought a resurgence of the genre.
“She really liked werewolves, like me,” Brock said of her grandmother. “American Werewolf in London” is one of the best werewolf movies, Brock said.
Brock and his grandmother watched “Night of the Living Dead,” the original and the remake. “My grandmother and I really liked the remake,” Brock said, as Barbara, the female lead, has a bigger role.
Werewolves and women are dominant in Brock’s comic book-style drawings.
“When I was a kid, drawing was one of the things I did for fun,” Brock said. His family lived on a farm near Moberly and the family owned a few animals. Brock and his cousin Keith, who lived next door, drew and told stories.
After graduating from Moberly High School, Brock went to work. “I really didn’t have a plan,” she said.
Brock got “a real job” as a canteen in high school, but she didn’t want to be a canteen all her life.
Brock enjoyed filling in for elementary school teachers, but without a college degree, teaching options weren’t available to her.
So in 2012, Brock began classes at Moberly Area Community College.
Now the alumnus is an employee – working at the MACC Library’s Academic Resource Center – and she has landed her first gallery exhibition at the Evelyn Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery.
In 2020, when everyone was stuck at home, Brock drew and wrote, “until I found out I had a series of paintings.” She had attended art exhibitions and liked artists to share their work. “I kinda want to do the same thing and share my art with everyone.”
Brock’s parents, Brenda Brock and Bill Hontz, supported her activities, she said. She also credits her first and second grade teacher, Miss OJ, for her inspiration.
Jane Olgschlagger Jaecques attended the artist’s reception at MACC and praised her former student. “Your drawings, even at that age, were so – Wow!” says Jacques.
Although Jaecques doesn’t remember it, the professor read a book about werewolves to the class, the first book about werewolves Brock had heard, and Brock was hooked.
Brock often consulted “Meet the Werewolf,” part of The Eerie Series, by authors Georgess McHargue and Stephen Gammell, from the school library, she said. She even wrote Gammell and received a response from the author.
“If it hadn’t been for Miss OJ, I never would have met werewolves,” Brock said.
Jaecques said she still has a book that Megan wrote and illustrated as a student, a Cinderella story.
Brock has self-published a book of werewolf stories, “MacWolfen” (a short film will be released some time before Halloween), in addition to four other middle-level books available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
She has planned another one: a Cinderella comic book dedicated to Miss OJ
Brock’s works will be exhibited at the Jorgenson Gallery until October. The gallery is open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the MACC campus, 101 College Ave. at Moberly.