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LA: SLANG Aesthetics! Art Exhibit with Robt. Williams
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under ZapRobert Williamsart showsart 11 Feb 2015 3:54 PM
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Los Angeles - Get ready for a powerhouse exhibit, LA. A new exhibition of works by Robert Williams will be on display for SLANG Aesthetics! presented in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz Magazine, opening at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on February 22nd. The godfather of surrealist art and underground cartooning, Robert Williams will be unveiling 25 new oil paintings to celebrate his breadth of work as an artist as and the founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, celebrating an accomplished 20 years of print. This will be his first LA exhibit in over a decade, and is being presented in conjuction with the beat of a book, The Complete Zap Comix.

The work of Williams and of others in Zap has been seen and felt in some of the biggest cartoonists of the past several decades. And Juxtapoz, continues a tradition of shedding light on influential and new artists spanning as many artistic genres that you can shake a stick at. Juxtapoz will feature the work of nearly 100 artists that have been selected because of their cultural influence on other, and how you can see the continuation of shared artistic motivation. 

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Curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the show will open on February 22nd, and run until April 19th. There is a special VIP Preview Reception on the 21st, an RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it is required.

 



Lovely Guy Colwell Art Show on Valentine's Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Guy ColwellFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 11 Feb 2015 12:25 PM

Don't miss the publication party for Inner City Romance this Saturday featuring sweet original art by Guy Colwell at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The exhibition fittingly opens on Valentine's Day from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the 7th anniversary of the colorful Georgetown Art Attack.

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Guy Colwell's comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, "Colwell's art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man's uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality."

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The exhibition of original pages, prints, paintings and drawings by this accomplished artist is one of many highlights of the Georgetown Art Attack. Spend a romantic evening in the enchanting industrial arts district of Georgetown. Visit Fran's Chocolates new factory across the street from the bookstore, explore art studios and galleries, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of two dozen bars and restaurants, and encounter spontaneous spectacles all over the historic neighborhood.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

New Comics Day: 2.11.15
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeNew Comics DayLucy KnisleyJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 10 Feb 2015 3:03 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.  
 
Love and Rockets New Stories 7  
Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover
$14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3 

"Jaime has always been brilliant at investing his characters with personality & emotion, and his illustration of Maggie speaks volumes....the latest edition of Love and Rockets: New Stories has a wealth of material from both of the Hernandez brothers. Jaime and Gilbert continue to develop their large casts of characters and unfold numerous plotlines in an intriguing manner. And the artwork from both of them is gorgeous." -Ben Herman, In My Not So Subtle Opinion
 
"Love and Rockets is incredible, and a complete about face from superhero comics if you find yourself growing tired of the Big 2."  –Comic Book Herald
 
Sweatshop
Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0
 
"Sweatshop is entertaining stuff, and, as a bonus, it's fairly self-reflexive." –Hillary Brown, PASTE Magazine

"Unsurprisingly, Bagge's latest from Fantagraphics sounds highly intriguing...Peter Bagge is up there with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez as alternative comics creators from the 80's and 90's that you're cooler just for knowing." –Comic Book Herald

Displacement  
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6 
 
"No one out there is Knisley, who always finds a way to create a narrative out of diverse thoughts and ideas - turning a musing sort of travelogue or blog into something wholly satisfying and meaningful. Expect a moving look at aging, 'The Greatest Generation' and love." –Menachem Luchins, 13th Dimension
 
"Knisley's able to achieve an impressive balance between humor and poignancy, juxatposing observations on the bizarre line-up of nighttime entertainment and the strangeness of her fellow passengers with thoughtful observations on aging and excerpts from her grandfather's World War II journals." –Brian Heater, Paper Mag
 
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In Solidarity: February 10
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  10 Feb 2015 2:15 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In Solidarity

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Photoset
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy Cranepreviewsnew releasesCaptain Easy 10 Feb 2015 10:25 AM

Praise for Roy Crane:

"Freed from the tiny confines of the black-and-white daily strip, Crane brilliantly exploited the vastly larger canvas of the full newspaper page, wildly varying the sizes, shapes, and arrangement of the panels. His distinctive drawing style, an appealing blend of simplified realism and broad cartooniness, also set Easy apart. While not quite as large as the original newspaper broadsheets, this volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip's formidable visual impact." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." – The A.V. Club

"Though he was one of the genre's pioneers, Roy Crane's Captain Easy is arguably the most idiosyncratic of all the adventure strips. But it's this blend of loud slapstick, young-boys-styled adventure and blatant sex appeal that make Captain Easy such a winning, fun strip to read." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb
by Roy Crane

320-page black & white 10.5" x 8.5" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/hurricaneisle

In Solidarity: February 9
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  9 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

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EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJohnny CraigJack KamenGraham IngelsEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 9 Feb 2015 12:15 PM

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Our next volume of slipcased EC Comics books is coming soon to a bookstore near you! Due out in April, the EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2 will collect Fall Guy for Murder, Child of Tomorrow, Zero Hour, and Sucker Bait. Featuring Johnny Craig's crime and horror stories, "Ghastly" Graham Ingels' horror, Al Feldstein's solo science fiction stories, and Jack Kamen's science fiction gems, this boxed set will delight any comics collector.

Pre-order this boxed set now, and we'll have more previews to whet your appetite in the next few weeks.

 

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Willard Mullinpreviewsnew releases 9 Feb 2015 11:20 AM

Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
with Ernest Thayer; introduction by Yogi Berra

52-page two-color 6.25” x 6.25” hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-814-4

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/caseyatthebat

comiXology's Love and Rockets Sale
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under sales specialsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezdigital comicscomiXology 9 Feb 2015 10:58 AM
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Pour yourself another cup of coffee ('cause you'll be reading all night) and start clicking "ADD TO CART" at comiXology because we are having a Love and Rockets sale TODAY ONLY! The flagship title of Fantagraphics, now it it's 32 year, has enough poundage to break a bookcase or two thanks to the trusty and hard-working pens of Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez. Luckily, you can get all the books digitally at comiXology. The Library volumes that start with Jaime and Gilbert's universes from 1983 through 2008 are only $6.99! The Love and Rockets: New Stories collections featuring the newest comics are only $3.99! And even better, the sale is so you can catch up because Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 is hitting the stands, comic bookstore and the digital shelf on Wednesday!
 
Not sure where to begin or maybe you have some books you've already read? Check out our handy "How to Read Love and Rockets" guide since the they've been drawing longer than some of you have been a-live. The sale runs from today ONLY and ends at 11pm EST
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Tuned into Michael Jordan
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiago 7 Feb 2015 3:29 PM

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Cartoonist Wilfred Santiago's newest graphic novel, Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade is currently sweeping the nation off it's feet and slamming them back down mid-court sweating through their pump-able Air Jordans.

On Santiago's own site, Good Wilfred, he's collected some of the better lyrics from songs, from 2 Pac to Jurassic 5, that include Michael Jordan and references to his full-court domination.

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Here's what some of the premiere critics have had to say about the man, the myth and the legend as documented by Santiago's pen and brushes.

"…this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." –Sean Edgar, PASTE Magazine

"What's brilliant about Wilfred Santiago's Michael Jordan: Bulls On Parade is how it works to reconcile the two sides of the person the public believed he was and the person he might actually be. It's an empathetic and exciting whirlwind of a story that spans across decades of tragedy and triumph to come out the other side with a portrait that could only end with a certain level of complex ambiguity." –Patrick Hess, Nothing But Comics

"Wilfred Santiago was a protégé of Ho Che Anderson (remember him?) and as such is a proponent of the sort of honest, experimental and energetic kind of storytelling that can only come from life on the fringes of both real life and the comics world." –Bart Croonenborghs, Broken Frontier
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