DAZZLING REVIVAL OF HARVEY KURTZMAN’S TIMELESS SATIRE MAGAZINE HUMBUG AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.
Exhibition and Book Launch of New HUMBUG Anthology On March 7 in Seattle.
Four years after founding notoriously seditious MAD magazine for EC comics in 1952, celebrated American satirist Harvey Kurtzman and his crew of incorrigible cartoonists joined fledgling publisher Hugh Hefner to produce two issues of the equally irreverent Trump. When economic setbacks forced Hefner to cancel the new title, Kurtzman and collaborators Jack Davis, Will Elder, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth pooled their limited resources to self-publish 11 issues of Humbug, skewering American popular and political culture of the Cold War era in unparalleled fashion. Fifty years later, Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books has collected the entire series for the first time in a handsome two-volume slipcase edition. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts an exhibition of original art and artifacts from Humbug contributors opening Saturday, March 7 and continuing through April Fool’s Day, 2009.
Organized by Humbug anthology assistant editor Jason T. Miles, the exhibition features original illustrations by cartooning legends Will Elder, Al Jaffee, and Arnold Roth together with each of the delicate original issues and related ephemera. The meticulously restored Humbug collection, which includes insightful essays and interviews by Gary Groth and John Benson, will make its debut at the event. The public is invited to preview the exhibition on Saturday, March 7, from 11:30 till 8:00 PM. According to Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, "Kurtzman has been the single most significant influence on a couple of generations of comic artists." With the publication of the complete Humbug, an essential element of Kurtzman’s legacy will be preserved for posterity.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.
Don’t miss a special performance and book signing by cult cartoonist Dame Darcy on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Darcy will perform with her three-piece acoustical combo and sign copies of her wildly popular Victorian gothic comic book series Meat Cake, as well as her new graphic novel Gasoline. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic neighborhood.
A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.
Humbug Original art and artifacts from Harvey Kurtzman’s classic satire magazine featuring MAD artists Will Elder, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee and Jack Davis collected in a handsome 2 volume slipcase edition by Fantagraphics Books. Public preview and book launch, Saturday, March 7, 11:30 to 8:00 PM Exhibition continues through April Fools Day
Saturday, March 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Dame Darcy Music performance and book signing
I'm really not trying to drag this out... but I will.
What we have here are a couple of nearly-panoramic-photo-collage-things I put together to try and give a sense of the fervor behind the Buenaventura booth at Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême when Dan Clowes, Chris Ware & Adrian Tomine were signing and sketching for fans. I'm not sure if it was any krazier than San Diego Comic-Con but the degree of passion and devotion on display was exciting, worrisome and definitely European. During San Diego Comic-Con it's not uncommon to see excited, overweight children trying to run from booth to booth to obtain free shit and a drawing from say the Owly guy or Prof. Neal Adams. Now, take out "excited, overweight children" and replace it with "concerned, well dressed European adult" and you get an idea of a common scene on display at the Angoulême show. One crazed, scary-eyed (and very nice) European man had snuck into (we call it "breaking and entering" where I come from) the building the day before the show opened in hopes he could procure autographs and drawings from Clowes & company!
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L to R: Dan Clowes, Alex Holden, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, Souther Salazar, Melissa P. Coats & way far to the right, just under the green sign is Tom Gauld
L to R: Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Alex Holden's shoulder, Souther Salazar & Kramers Ergot #7
Hiding behind a copy of Kramers Ergot #7, Dan Clowes signs books for his French publisher Cornélius. Signing at Angoulême is dangerous business.
Chris Ware and Dan Clowes slave away. This photo and commentary taken from a fan's point of view.
Dash Shaw draws for a fan in the French edition of Bottomless Belly Button. It was a lot of fun to watch Dash personalize copies of BBB, much to the delight of French sensibility, he drew ALL OVER the book, including the flip. It was cool.
Dash's French label mate and Seattle's own Kaz Strzepek draws for a fan as he blurs into the gloaming. Along the bottom of the frame you can see the hardcover to the French edition of Mourning Star... or you can click here to see it.
Drew Friedman will be in San Francisco this Sunday for an exhibition of his "Old Jewish Comedians" artwork and a discussion of the work, as a part of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center's Festival of Jewish Humor.
This special airing on Feb. 25th on the history channel features Frank Thorne as the official documentary "artist" and will no doubt make Jacob Covey regret not asking Mr. Thorne to contribute to Beasts!
Jaime Hernandez pencils for New Stories #2 found on the backside of the original art for the upcoming Free Comic Book Day comic.
UPDATE: Jaime dropped a note to mention that this is from an old L&R issue. The guy's right! I saw Angel (not shown here) and thought New Stories but this would have been the end of the L&R2 run. And, of course, that's Frogmouth. Tempestuous Vivian Frogmouth.
Our annual Best of the Year issue includes interviews with critics' faves Lynda Barry, Frank Quitely, Dash Shaw, David Hajdu and Mike Luckovich, as well as Best Picks of 2008 from an all-star lineup including Kim Deitch, Anders Nilsen, Emmanuel Guibert, John Porcellino, Mark Newgarden, Johnny Ryan, Paul Karasik and others. Plus, a first look at C. Tyler's upcoming project You'll Never Know, a gallery of comics from Finland's best young talents, and more.