Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and thus was the road to our modern era of parody and satire paved. From MAD to EC Comics to Playboy, Kurtzman's expansive body of work has made its indelible mark on American culture and humor. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America is a heavily researched biography by Bill Schelly, in which we are treated to a fuller glimpse into the life and times of this influential man, including extensive interviews with colleagues, friends, and family, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives.
Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles has the event for you on Friday, March 20th. Johnny Ryanwill be signing brand new copies of his newest collection with a gold embossed and genitalia-ed cover: ANGRY YOUTH COMIX. The party starts at 7pm so don't show at a quarter to ten like a jerk!
Angry Youth Comix follows the zany, infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness with your hosts Loady McGee, Sinus O'Gynus, Boobs Pooter and more. In an age when the comics' medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse.
P.S. Our design intern Will Rhodes made about 500 versions of the above poster so make sure you hit up Secret Headquarters to grab one.
"The new Angry Youth Comix is finally out and it may be the darkest cartoon we've ever seen and also the most hilarious... It also features one of the most honest depictions of the American family dynamic to appear in print, though we can see that aspect maybe getting lost for some readers amid the turd-vines and the synthetic ejaculates." –Vice
"Let me tell you something: In this increasingly cynical world of happily self-imposed isolation and sneering judgement, one graphicish novella, with pixie-like tickles, appears through the misty mist to take us all by the hand gently unto the night. You hold in your hand that very thing. Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix. Now go away." –David Cross
(99% sure this photo was by Joshy D.) The Secret Headquarters 3817 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 Mon - Sat 11-9 / Sun 12-7
Jazz erupted onto the American music landscape in the 1900s, evolving rapidly and spreading internationally like wildfire. Les McCann, an American soul jazz musician whose first major album Swiss Movement was a huge Billboard pop chart success, always had a 35mm camera close at hand to capture candids of dozens of jazz artists, both on stage and off. This never-before-seen treasure trove of images provides a unique insider's perspective into the world of jazz and is collected here in Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980.
Curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams, Invitation to Openness includes a foreword by A. Scott Galloway, an interview with McCann, and plenty of additional commentary, footnotes, and captions besides. We've included the full foreword, the first two pages of Thomas' interview, and a half dozen examples of McCann's photography in our 19-page downloadable excerpt.
It's that time of year again! When sad boys and girls wait outside their mailbox for a letter, or constantly refresh their email for that higher mail number. Maybe it's someone waiting for a fresh-cut bouquet of flowers or (if you're like me and flowers are like giving someone a small pet to take care of) a box of chocolates.
Maybe it's knowing others just suffer in the same universal waiting game, even though the waiting is what makes the receiving that much more delightful. Fear not. for Powell's City of Books in Portland, OR has the front of the store display packed to the gills with Valentine's Day appropriate candy and of course, A Valentine for Charlie Brownby Charles M. Schulz.
So get a copy for loved one as a gentle reminder of the anxiety such holidays give us and that they are loved. Or for yourself and revel, you swine, in someone else's quiet pain! Love, Fantagraphics.
Milan, Italy - Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea of Milan is hosting two American artists for its upcoming show entitled, "Family Lexicon", Esther Pearl Watson and Fred Stonehouse. Titled as such, the show sets out to explore personal symbolism and meanings that are born out of our families history and narrative. The exhibit will run from February 5th - March 21st 2015 with an opening reception on Feb. 5th, you know, if you happen to be in the Milan area, which we all wish we were.
Juxtaposed against the strong Catholic icons of Stonehouse's paintings, Watson showcases her ossilating world between Texas and Italy in her distinctive style. From the gallery:
"Esther Pearl Watson's confessional and distinctly naive paintings draw on the years of her very peculiar adolescence, spent on the road between Italy and Texas, in the orbit of her father, an inventory of flying saucers made of cars' motors and scrap parts. Her memories unracel in teh background of sleepy small town and infinite Texas prairies, whose skies are always dominated by the strangely comforting presence of space shuttles: these are the double emlem of the relationship with her father, the first inspiring figure of her life, and with her own young daughter, who has learned since she was a child to associate Esther to her UFOs."
Creator of the fan favorite series, Unlovable, Esther Pearl Watson can pack a hilarious and poignant punch on every panel of Tammy Pierce's life. These books are a perfect companion for anyone remembering their own most hellish awkward middle school years, but you're left laughing and glad that you've escaped (relatively) unharmed.
If you find yourself roaming the streets of Milan in the next month, stop in at the Colombo Arte Contemporanea and peep these brand new paintings!
FEBRUARY 13th - At the book release party you won't want to miss next Friday, February 13th local comic book legend and raconteur, Peter Bagge, will be signing at Arcane Comics at 6pm. His newest book is a collection of the DC comic, Sweatshop, which discusses seedy underbelly of the comic book industry. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation.
Sweatshop focuses on the unhappy, out-of-touch cartoonist, Mel Bowling. As the hand behind a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield), he spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work.
Arcane Comics is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Wet your whistle on some Hilliard's beer while at the shop and enjoy flipping through the well-indexed floppy comics (they have some serious signage going on). Invite your friends via Facebook so no one misses out!
"I can count on one hand the number of comic artists whose work is as strong... maybe on two or three fingers... It's a laff riot, what can I tell ya?" - R. Crumb
(photo by James Brooks)
Arcane Comics 5809 15th Avenue Northwest Seattle, WA 98107 206.781.4875
Alexander Theroux is an award-winning writer whose notable achievements include the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Clifton Fadimon Medal for Fiction, a Fulbright Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.