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Julia Gfrörer on Words & Pictures
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia Gfrörerinterviews 11 Jun 2014 2:45 PM

Black is the Color 

Black is the Color of the radio airwaves this week! Julia Gfrörer and Portland's Ellery Harvey are collaborators in bringing the art of comics off the page and into the performance space, and they're the guests tomorrow Thursday morning (June 12th) from 11:30 to noon on Words & Pictures.

 

From Words & Pictures: The gothic sensibility of Julia's pen and ink artwork and spare archaic dialogue, in such graphic novels as Black is the Color, bring together historical, mythical, and sensual themes. Lambhouse Letterpress founder Ellery, who has toured the Pacific Northwest with Julia, backs up her artwork with musical soundscapes at such events as Gridlords and Linework NW.

Words & Pictures airs the second Thursday of each month from 11:30am to noon (PDT) on KBOO Radio, 90.7fm.  KBOO's real-time webstream is available at  via iTunes or Abacast, and on mobile devices through the TuneIn app.

Brooklyn: Jim Flora High Fidelity Art Show
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Jim Floraeventsart showsart 11 Jun 2014 9:23 AM

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Friday, June 13th

Brooklyn, NY:  The Jalopy Theatre welcomes the opening reception for their summer long exhibition featuring original art from The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora this Friday the 13th

For decades, Jim Flora made some of the grooviest album artwork for Columbia and RCA Victor records, and for the first time all of that high energy art was compiled into one complete anthology with the help of co-archivists and authors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon. These ruckusly exuberant drawings, with eye-popping color, and post-cubist influence, are in constant motion. Original copies of some rare Flora album covers, proof sheets, and music artifiacts will be jumpin' off the walls at the Jalopy Theatre and Gallery. 

Irwin Chusid will be on hand to sign and sell books amidst some swing and jazz tunes that influenced Flora's art, and vice versa. The FREE reception runs from 6-8 pm, but the art show will continue until August 22nd! 

Jim by Jim Woodring - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJim WoodringComing Attractions 10 Jun 2014 2:29 PM

Jim by Jim Woodring - Cover

Jim by Jim Woodring - Inside Page

Wow. Jim has arrived in our office, and we can't put it down! Page after page of Jim Woodring's surreal, fantastical drawings await you as you follow the author's eponymous alter-ego through a continually-shifting landscape and delve into his myriad collection of images and prose.

Here is a brief glimpse to whet your appetite before this 'notorious autojournal' hits stores in September. Go here for the 21-page preview and to pre-order your copy. Go on. Delight your senses. You deserve it.

Cartoon Art Museum Highlight: Andrew Farago
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsMK Browneventsart showsart 10 Jun 2014 2:11 PM

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The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco has featured artwork by many of our caroonists from Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez to a future M.K. Brown show. Currently on exhibit is Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection from now until August 24th, 2014 (postcard pictured above). We pulled Andrew Farago, curator at CAM, aside for a few quick questions about the process of getting a show ready. 

What do you look for when choosing works from a singular artist/cartoonist? Is it a plan to arrange them visually by era or area (like if they did paintings, cel animation, comics)?

"It depends" is my basic answer for that. If it's a career retrospective, I'll find out if the artist has kept most of her originals or if they've been scattered amongst friends and collectors. Sometimes we'll be focusing on a book that's been recently published, sometimes we'll have our own exhibition catalog in the works. Sometimes I work with a co-curator who's tracked down most of an artist's major works. The fewer sources I'll need to tap into to produce a well-rounded exhibition, the more likely I am to pursue it.

Although that's really more of a technical answer. Before I get into any of that, I make sure that we're focusing on a talented artist whose work will make for a compelling exhibition. I show favoritism to established artists with a substantial body of work, and always prefer to work with the artists directly whenever that's possible. It's incredible getting to collaborate with people like Stan SakaiGilbert and Jaime HernandezM.K. Brown, Steve Purcell, Eric Drooker, Nina Paley, Jeff Smith, and Dan Piraro, just off the top of my head, when putting together giant solo exhibitions.

Getting art ready for the Pretty in Ink show
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Describe the basic layout of the gallery (or if you have a blueprint bird's-eye view of it) and do you aim to have people travel through the show the same way every time? (forgive me, I haven't been before so this question may seem odd)

This particular gallery has two entrances. Visitors will usually enter from the back-right corner entrance, and from there, they'll either wander up to the actual start of the exhibition at the opposite corner of the room, or they'll just start walking through and might end up viewing that particular room a time-and-a-half when passing through. With an exhibition like M.K.'s, which will be more focused on single-panel cartoons than multi-page stories, that won't be an issue for visitors.

Have you ever had an incident where you hung a show and then had to replace/take down art before it opened/while it was open?

Sure. I changed over our Sandman exhibition three times due to late arrivals. The original art for the second issue of Overture wasn't available to us until late March, and I swapped out an entire room to put up the first two issues. Artists and collectors have sometimes sold pieces while they've been on display, to buyers who don't want to wait until the exhibition wraps up before getting their artwork (although that's pretty rare). I don't generally like to change things once a show's up, since that's fairly labor intensive and I don't usually build time for re-hanging into my schedule.

Art matted and framed, ready for a wall
Art ready to be hung
 
Is work for sale if the creator wishes it to be?

Generally not. We're a museum, so we don't sell art off the walls, but sometimes an artist or collector will ask us to include a note with contact information letting people know that the art's available for purchase through their websites.

How long have you worked at CAM?

I started as a volunteer in the summer of 2000, got hired on as Gallery Manager in the fall of 2001, and eased into the Curator job in 2005. I've worked on a little bit of everything over the years.

Photo by Lani Schreibstein
Cam Museum

Are you donation-based? How can people help? Thanks!

There are plenty of ways to support the Cartoon Art Museum. Signing up for an annual membership, making a one-time cash donation (and asking your workplace to match it), donating original artwork, shopping at our bookstore, visiting the Museum, buying books or artwork from us at conventions...Here's a good place to start: http://cartoonart.org/join-support/

Sidenote: the CAM booth at San Diego is a GREAT place to pick up a $10 sketch to support the museum, they feature all sorts of fun cartoonists like Raina Telgemeier, Jeffrey Brown and Sina Grace. Last year, I sketched next to Gene Yang and Zack Giallongo and someone wanted us all to draw Morrissey. What a blast! 

Thanks again to Andrew Farago for answering a few questions and carefully, lovingly putting work up on the walls with his crew. If you want to see Pretty In Ink yourself general admission is $8 while students & seniors are $6. Children 6-12 are $4 while WOO-HOO! Members & Children under 6 stroll in through the door for free. Check out Trina Robbin's book Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 today.
Pretty in Ink   






Friedman, Baseball, Fantagraphics and You
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Willard MullinWilfred SantiagoPeanutsDrew FriedmanCharles M SchulzartAl Jaffee21 10 Jun 2014 1:47 PM

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Casey Stengel had a blunderously beautiful career in baseball. From inconsequential outfielder in the '20s, to worst won-lost record as a mangaer of the Dodgers, to winning five consecutive world championships as Yankees manager.

Drew Friedman, hailed as the most prolific portraitist, captured the 1966 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee in his Bronx Bomber blues, and is selling high quality prints in a limited set. The signed and numbered beauties are available from Friedman's fine are website for only $150. A necessitiy for history and baseball buffs.  

As a lover of sports and art, you know that we at Fantagraphics love baseball. The summer nights, picnic pastimes, and hometown pride. Because of our big baseball crush, we have a lot of hardball hardcovers to share our love with readers.

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21: The Story of Roberto Clementeby Wilfred Santiago, chronicles the heroic life of Clemente on and off the field as he faught for human rights up until his untimely death.

Batter Up Charlie Brown collects the best of the blockheads baseball blunders and triumphs, and is the perfect gift for fans young and old.

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 brings into focus the heartfelt and humorous cartoons of Willard Mullins, who captured decades of players and events with prowess and deft that highlighted a generation of baseball.

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If you're looking to expand your super universe of historical cartoons, the new Friedman portrait collection of those who were involved in pioneering and shaping the comic book industry, with forward by Al Jaffee, captures the inspirational worlds of these sequential warriors. Heroes and Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comics is currently in pre-order, and waiting for you to add it to your collection.  

 

Seattle WA: Short Run Presents GRIDLORDS
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeShort RuneventsAndrice Arp 9 Jun 2014 7:21 PM

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Saturday, June 21

Seattle, WA: The multi-sensory live performance art show, Gridlords, will be debuting performance #23 on June 21st, a special presentation by the ever expanding independent comic show, Short Run.

What is Gridlords? No two performances are the same, but in essence, this monthly experimental art show based out of Portland combines various artistic mediums built around a narrative. Mediums in the past have included live music, comic readings, animations, and artist lectures. Seattle is honored to host their first show outside of Portland, and Fantagraphics is honored to watch Mome cartoonist, Andrice Arp's presentation of a film that inspirationaly highlights the creative processes, accompanied by live music, and then followed by a puppetry parable in anticipation of her new comic, Occupation. And that's only one part of the night's line-up.

Other guests for the evening festivities include, Theo Ellsworth, Asher Craw, Daria Tessler, Gridlords founder, Sean Christensen, and more.

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(Julia Gfroer performing at Gridlords #21) 

According to Short Run, "Tickets are available in two packages: $7 for admission-only, or $20 for admission, plus a bonus fun pack containing the Gridlords anthology, Other Worlds (a $10 value), as well as other comics, original artwork, and more from artists involved in the show." An amazing deal to see the most all emcompasing live art production of the year.  

The performance will begin at 7 pm, and takes place at Gallery 1412, located at 1412 18th Ave, between Union and Pike. Spend a beautiful summer evening with us, and witness a comic anthology brought to life before your eyes. 

Quimby's might have found the TWELVE GEMS
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lane Milburnevents 6 Jun 2014 12:39 AM
Twelve Gems
Cartoonist and all around badass, Lane Milburn, will be appearing at Quimby's Bookstore in August for his Twelve Gems launch party. August 30th at 7pm, you better have your intergalatic party hats on or ELSE. 
 
Somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation, the mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes, Furz, Venus, and Dogstar, to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power. Milburn's book is is full of wall-to-wall humor and action for science fiction fans, adventure-lovers and connoisseurs of the undergroun comix aesthetic. You do not want to miss this rad cartoonist or his debut Fantagraphics graphic novel!

Twelve Gems  Lane Milburn
Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave
Chicago IL 60622
773.342.0910




An Age of License by Lucy Knisley - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLucy KnisleyComing AttractionsAn Age of License 5 Jun 2014 3:01 PM

August just keeps looking better and better! Among the dizzyingly beautiful books we're excited to bring to you in two months is best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley's newest book, a travelogue documenting her trip throughout Europe in the fall of 2011.

An Age of License follows Lucy as she navigates new countries, new experiences, and new romance, all rendered in an often-whimsical, sometimes stream-of-consciousness style that perfectly captures her moments of introspection between the memories she captures on the road. This part narration, part sketchbook format takes us right into Lucy's thoughts and revelations.

Download the 22-page excerpt and, to continue following Lucy's travels, pre-order your copy today!

An Age of License by Lucy Knisley - Cover

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 4 Jun 2014 5:27 PM

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Cover

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 29

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 52

High quality paper stock, full-page color plates, legendary comic creators — that's right, Drew Friedman's finely curated portraits of the comic book pioneers of our time, Heroes of the Comics, is hot off the printers! We are thrilled to give you this sneak peek before its August debut.

Inside, you'll find over 80 lovingly rendered portraits alongside a short essay that summarizes each person's life, work, and contribution to the world of comics. This homage to comic book history is not to be missed — pre-order yours today!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 6/2-6/8
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeJesse ReklaweventsEd PiskorEd LuceDon RosaCharles Burns 4 Jun 2014 4:20 PM

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Thursday, June 5th

  • Phoenix, AZ: It's supposed to be 109F in Phoenix, so if you're looking to escape the heat in a large air conditioned convention center, consider going to Phoenix Comicon! Fantagraphics artists Don Rosa (Donald Duck) and Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree) will be on hand to sign, and chat about their upcoming releases with Fantagraphics! This four day show runs from June 5th-8th. (More details)
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Saturday, June 7th
  • Olympia, WA: The birthplace of alternative everything, Olympia, will host the 2014 Olympia Comics Festival on Saturday, June 7th, and special guests include Jesse Reklaw and Charles Burns! They will be signing books and participating in panels at the various downtown venues. First event begins at 11 am, and the Expo itself is FREE! (More detail
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Sunday, June 8th
  • San Francisco, CA: The Queer Comics Expo kicks off pride week with a celebration of the history and achievements of queer voices in comics. Held at the Cartoon Art Museum, the wonderful Ed Luce  (Wuvable Oaf), is the guest of honor at this event. Art demonstrations, drag queens, and fun! Begins at 11 am. (More details)