Los Angeles - ONE Archives Foundation is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) in the world. Which makes it the perfect setting for the first stop of the MASSIVE tour featuring Jiraiya! His work adorns the cover of the recently released hit anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. Jiraiya just happens to be one of those men, and is heading the U.S. for his very first international tour. ONE Archives is his first stop, and the Massive crew featuring Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd will kick things off at 7 PM with a talk followed by a Q&A presentation. (More Details)
Wednesday, March 18th
Los Angeles, again - Couldn't make it out to see Jiraiya last night? Get to to The Secret Headquarters by 6 PM for a talk and signing of those shrink-wrap beatuy books. Jiraiya is a man who enjoys his privacy, and respectfully requests that photos taken at these events do not feature his face. Which makes these nights even more special, because these memories are just for you!
Thursday, March 19th
Los Angeles, the last stop - Unless you want to drive up the coast to San Francisco tomorrow, tonight is your last chance to catch Jiraiya in Los Angeles. The wonderful non-profit group, Tom of Finland Foundation will be hosting the Massive talk with a reception to follow, kicking off at 7 PM. There, you'll have a chance to meet the artist, editor and designer of the book, as well as purchse limited edition glicee prints. Tom of Finland does great work in the preservation of erotic art, and we're thrilled to see them host such a legend of erotic manga art.
Friday, March 20th
Los Angeles, CA - Never has a book been so simultaneously gorgeous and gross; fun and filthy; entertaining and...icky? Intrigued yet? We thought so. Meet Johnny Ryan the mind and the man behind one of the most audacious comic series of the past decade, Angry Youth Comix. And tonight, you can buy them all in a beautifully designed hardcover that collects all forteen issues for the first time! Come to The Secret Headquarters at 7 PM for pure titlation, and the opportunity to snag one of the posters for the Angry Youth extravaganza! (More Details)
Chicago, IL - Esteemed indpendent bookstore, Women & Children First, is welcoming local Chicago cartoonist Lucy Knisley to their store for and great book signing and Q&A event that highlights not one, but TWO of her latest titles: An Age of License and Displacement. The juxtaposing narratives that feature the high and lows of aging and traveling, make for an thought-provoking evening. Tonight's event begins at 7:30 PM, and goes until we're done having fun (which is probably never). (More Details)
San Francisco, CA - Jiraiya's back! And in San Fran! Party hardy this Friday at California College of the Arts, with a talk + Q&A that will be moderated by Justin Hall, editor of the 2012 anthology, No Straight Lines. Join us in the Writer's Studio at 7:30 PM; you don't want to miss such a great meeting of the minds!
Saturday, March 21st
New York, NY - Beautiful Bergen Street Comics is hosting the explosive release of The Revenger by Chuck Forsman! With acclaimed released like The End of the Fucking World, and Celebrated Summer, the anticipation over this comic has been huge, if you like action and justice you don't want to miss this. From the Oily Comics website: "Revenger is about a woman who doesn't take any shit. She roams a crumbling United States in the 1980s helping the beaten and exploited even their odds." Get to Bergen Street by 7:30 PM, or you'll be sorry. (More Details)
Sunday, March 22nd
Chicago, IL - We've been keeping Pete Bagge all to ourselves here in Seattle, so we're letting Chicago have him for a night while he signs copies of his newest release, Sweatshop, at the wonderful Challenger's Comics. Sweatshop collects a 6-part series done for DC in 2003 about a cartoonist named Mel Bowling, and his cast of studio assistants. End (or kick off) your weekend right by meeting up with pals new and old at Challengers, starting at 6 PM! (More Details)
You came, you saw, you asked for more. Finally, Ed Piskor will be a guest at San Diego Comic-Con. Ed will be signing and sketching in your new copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3, fresh from the printers and maybe even stilll warm. Each Monday SDCC will be announcing a new set of guests so keep your eyes peeled for the next Fantagraphics' one!
Admist the hub-bub of New York City and the Museum of Comics and Comic Arts Festival, MoCCA, you can find solace but not silence at the always fun Bergen Street Comics. Koyama Press, 2D Cloud and Fantagraphics TAKE OVER BERGEN STREET Party is happening on Saturday, April 11th at 7pm. Cartoonist and animator, Robert Goodin, will be appearing to sign his new all-ages book, The Kurdles in the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, spiced up with a teaspoon of strange.
What else is happening at this cornucopia of comic delights? A. Degen's surrealist superhero adventure MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER (Koyama Press), equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen's mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty; Blaise Larmee's 3 BOOKS (2D Cloud) is an eclectic and meticulously crafted reproduction of rare and unpublished books; Émilie Gleason's SALZ & PFEFFER (2D Cloud) a taboo-soaked world of the inane and the intellectual, the profane, profound, and parodic; Andy Burkholder's QVIET (2D Cloud) focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two.
Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Event poster by A. Degen. We'll see you there!
Drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, March 14 as we clear space for new arrivals with a big sale of comix and graphic novels by some of our most popular cartoonists. Fabulous Fantagraphics titles by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Johnny Ryan, Dame Darcy, Kim Deitch, Kaz, Jordan Crane, R. Crumb, Megan Kelso, Jessica Abel, Zak Sally, Dave Cooper, and many more will be offered at 50% to 75% off all day Saturday from 11:30 to 9:00 PM.
This Saturday also marks the opening of part 2 of Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance exhibition with new work on display, also available at bargain prices. His graphic depictions of contemporary urban characters and situations are both appealing and topical. Don't miss your chance to see original drawings, paintings and prints by this wonderful American artist.
This event coincides with the monthly Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Don't be detoured by the construction project outside our space. The City of Seattle is investing $1.1 million in a lovely pedestrian-friendly plaza called the "Festival Street." This wonderful amenity, funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy, will include elevated crosswalks, improved lighting, public art, and extended plazas right outside the bookstore. The work is scheduled for completion by May 30. Both Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore will maintain normal hours throughout construction. See you soon.
Josh Simmons' latest, greatest and most terrifying graphic novel yet is about to hit the United States and he is taking Black River to the road. Black River stars a group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors. You think the Hunger Games is scary? What if it was your every damn day? This full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter's perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson's ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.
Check out Simmons 'round the United States tour (plus two Canadian stops) and mark your calendars. Some events feature some guest cartoonists, some music by Sunshine Ear's Gregory Spencer and some special venues will be screening Simmons' chilling short films.
4.18 Portland, ORLinework NW All weekend Tabling Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland OR
4.24 Vancouver, BCLucky's7PM Book signing + screening 3972 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada
In addition to new copies of Black River on sale at each venue, Simmons has inked up gorgeous primo prints including this black light poster. Imagine the things you'll see looking at it...alone....at night.
And here are the three prints! An exquisite interior from Black River:
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.
52-page two-color 6.25" x 6.25" hardcover $9.99 | 978-1-60699-814-4
"Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary - part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic value." –Bob Staake
"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
The award-winning and timeless collection of Love and Rockets stories gathered into the gorgeous book, Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez, was published more than a decade ago. But controversy at a high school library in New Mexico has given new life into the continuing dicussion, and sometimes battle, that surrounds comics when they attempt to break new ground and tackle themes which require context and analysis.
As Jen Vaughn pointed out in our original posting of the challenged book, one mother of a 14-year-old who had checked out the offending text from Rio Rancho High School library, took to the local TV station, KOAT, to report that she had found pages upon pages of "child pornography pictures and child abuse pictures". She demanded that there be an investigation to find out how the book was allowed into the library in the first place.
Since KOAT's initial "reporting" of the book's content, several outstanding organizations have come to its defense. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a First Amendment protection group, has teamed up with the Kids' Right to Read Project, and sent a letter to the Superintendent of Rio Rancho calling on the school to uphold it's own preported standards of procedure when it comes to a book's challenge. Additionally, the letter points out the obvious merits that the book carries within its pages, which have been lauded by numerous publications like The Times of London and Publisher's Weekly over the years for Hernandez's elastic realism approach to familial drama that immediately invokes comparison to writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Today, Greg Matiasevich at Multiversity posted an interview with Fantagraphics' Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds, and CBLDF Executive Director, Charles Brownstein to get their reactions to Palomar being pulled from the shelves as it awaits a formal review from the school. When asked about why the removal of such a book is important, Reynolds replies:
"I don’t much care whether Palomar is in one particular library or not, but I do care about one rogue parent bypassing appropriate channels to remove it, instead escalating via a media that was all too enthusiastic in egregiously mischaracterizing the content of the work, fueling community outrage with flat-out falsehoods. It’s unproductive for everyone involved."
As Matiasevich points out, products based on comic books dominates our entertainment culture in the form of movies and TV shows, but too often the art form that these products were built off of is easily called out by those with little understanding of the medium itself, and shamefully erased from the hands of potential readers through public defamation. Brownstein and the CBLDF continue to take up these battles because "comics have a legitimate place in contemporary libraries and schools, but are more vulnerable to attack that other kinds of books because images are easier to take out of context and because there is still a diminishing, but lingering stigma that the medium is of low value."
Numerous titles have proven that assumption wrong over the years, but it's important to remember no one deserves to have stories or art taken from their hands due to the opinion of one person. Palomar is awaiting its fate at the Rio Rancho High School library, and the CBLDF will be standing by to update on their final decision.
Before he rose to fame as the author of the bestselling graphic novels Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, and The Death Ray, Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, for the 25th Anniversary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is collecting these long out-of-print issues in a slipcased set of two hardcover volumes, reproducing each issue in facsimile form exactly as they were originally published. Included are over 450 pages of vintage Clowes, including such seminal serialized graphic novels/strips/rants as “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World,” “Pussey,” “I Hate You Deeply,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Ugly Girls,” “Why I Hate Christians,” “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential,” “On Sports,” “Zubrick and Pogeybait,” “Hippypants and Peace-Bear,” “Grip Glutz,” “The Sensual Santa,” “Feldman,” “Glue Destiny,” and so many more, including many never reprinted before now.