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Esther Pearl Watson show in LA this weekend
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Esther Pearl Watson 8 Jan 2009 7:00 AM

  

Esther Pearl Waston - "Visons of the Future"
Exhibition: January 10 - February 7, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10th, 7-10 pm
with a performance by Party People

billy shire fine arts
5790 washington blvd.
Culver City, CA
3232970600

"Visions of the Future" opens January 10, 2009 with a performance by the "Party People; " space-themed music will play through a Commodore computer-the perfect complement to Watson's father's futuristic visions using outdated engines and computers.

Of particular interest to comics fans: the opening reception will include the world premiere of Esther's new book, UNLOVABLE, in limited quantities! I love this book so much and hope you will, too.

"GOOD!!!" - Lynda Barry

"From the moment I laid eyes on Unlovable, I knew immediately that I had to run it as a series in BUST. Tammy Pierce is such an endearing underdog, and her teen-loser ways keep me coming back. No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us." - Laurie Henzel, BUST magazine Creative Director

"Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain." - Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder

"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh."            - Jordan Crane

"This book reminds me of my life. It's like looking in a mirror and the mirror has stickers and tooth brush splashes on it." - Leslie Hall

 








Jefferson Machamer.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under jefferson machamer 7 Jan 2009 10:27 PM

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I recently purchased this original art by Jefferson Machamer, whom I first disliked, then loved. And here I talk about my impressions of his approach in general and this piece in particular in both analytical and personal terms, should the Flog reader be interested.

[PS: Are there any great comics writers out there who want to do a book on Machamer?]

New Comics Day 1/7/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 7 Jan 2009 1:40 PM
Our lull continues, with no new Fantagraphics releases scheduled to arrive in comic shops this week. Check back each week for updates.
Seattle Comixtravaganza with Linda Medley
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Linda Medley 7 Jan 2009 9:12 AM
  The Seattle Public Library will be hosting "Comixtravaganza," a series of events celebrating comics, manga, graphic novels and artists. Events will take place at several Library branches in January, with the finale taking place Jan. 31 at the Central Library. Check out their blog for updates. We're taking part, as always, and the great Linda Medley is coming up for the finale -- I believe it will be her first ever event in Seattle.

The events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Doors will open 15 minutes before the events. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for a $5 special event rate.

Refreshments will be served at each event. Art supplies will be provided.

See below for times, dates and program descriptions.

Kick-Off with David Lasky
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7
Ballard Branch
5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Local cartoonist and official FOOF (Friend of Ol' Fantagraphics) David Lasky will present a slide show and information about major cartoonists from the Pacific Northwest.

Family Toon-In
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8
Queen Anne Branch
400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227

Classic cartoons will be shown.

Draw-a-Thon and Contest
5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15
University Branch
5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063

Draw and design your own comic book, and then submit your work to win a prize. Local artist Justin Norman will give tips on drawing and breaking into the comics industry. The event is sponsored in partnership with Zanadu Comics.

Comix Workshop with Shary Flenniken
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22
Columbia Branch
4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908

Local artist Shary Flenniken will teach this workshop. Students will make and take home their own comic books.

Comix Workshop with Greg Stump
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
South Park Community Center
8319 Eighth Ave. S., 206-684-7451

Local artist and former Fantagraphics staffer Greg Stump will teach this workshop. Students will make and take home their own comic books.

Comix Workshop with David Lasky and Greg Stump
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28
Ballard Branch
5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Local artists David Lasky and Greg Stump will co-teach this workshop. Students will make and take home their own comic books.

Comixtravaganza Finale
Saturday, Jan. 31
Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636

One Hour Comix with Davey Oil
Noon - 1 p.m.
Level 4, Room 1

Local artist Davey Oil will teach a comic-making workshop. Students will make and take home their own comic books.

Linda Medley
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium

Oregon artist Linda Medley will discuss her work. She will also talk about illustrating and storytelling. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This program is presented in partnership with Fantagraphics.

Comics, Live!
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium

Seattle-based Slide Rule Comic Strip Slideshow Players will mix digital video and hand-drawn cartoons, live music and electronic sound, and animation and live performance to create a theatrical experience.

For more information, Ask a Librarian or call the Library at 206-386-4636.

 


























Feast your eyes and ears, Seattle.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Blanchard 7 Jan 2009 6:48 AM

Jim Blanchard will have 16 recent paintings on exhibit at Wall Of Sound Records in Seattle from January 9 through February 28. The show is titled EYEBALL FATIGUE, as apt a descriptive of what Blanchard's seizure-inducing detail will do to you as any.

Opening Night is this Friday, January 9, from 7-9 PM. Jim will be there with his goat "Earl," I'm told. Wall Of Sound is located in Capitol Hill at 315 East Pine Street, right by the Bauhaus coffee shop.



If we published traditional kids' books...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 7 Jan 2009 6:39 AM

I would love to put out this work-in-progress: 

It doesn't hurt that I am close, personal friends with all of the animals in this book. 

Bottomless Conversation in NC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 6 Jan 2009 7:44 PM

  

More info here. I'm told "the dude Andy who runs things goes insanely in-depth," so it should be fun to see what he pulls out of Publishers Weekly's Graphic Novel of 2008

Cosmocopia
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodring 6 Jan 2009 7:27 PM

  

We hosted the release party for our pals Jim Woodring & Paul DiFilippo's Cosmocopia in October, but I've only just begun to dive into this amazing book and objet d'art from our esteemed neighbors at Payseur & Schmidt. It has to be seen to be enjoyed fully, but it includes Di Filippo's new short novel enclosed in a box (with belly band) also containing a 513-piece jigsaw puzzle, "The Artist's Eye," by Jim Woodring. This is a limited first edition of 500 numbered sets, signed by DiFilippo and Woodring. Typical Payseur & Schmidt awesomeness (I actually stole that from their web hype, but it's true). Above is a picture of the completed puzzle from one ambitious fan.

  

Attention Seattle: SAVE ZIPPY!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bill Griffith 6 Jan 2009 5:27 PM

Barely a month after Bill Griffith graced our emerald city with a fantastic exhibition and book release party, less than a week after he published an homage to our quirky town and his visit, the Seattle P-I has returned the favor by unceremoniously dropping Zippy the Pinhead from its daily print edition, effective this morning. This should be considered an affront to Mr. Griffith, to Seattle's own Fantagraphics, and to all remaining conscious and literate readers of the newspaper. With Zippy gone, enjoy your Funky Winkerbean when you're stuck waiting somewhere with nothing to read but that section of the paper.  We would be most grateful if you would consider  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  (NOTE: new, better email link added) and asking them to bring back America's -- and Seattle's -- favorite pinhead. We will post updates as we get them. 

UPDATE: Better email link added above, and I've also been told fans can voice their complaints by telephone by calling the PI's Reader Representative at 206.448.8007. 

Daily links: 1/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTim LaneRobert PollardreviewsMomeMatt BroersmaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKevin Huizengajohn kerschbaumJasonJaime HernandezDash ShawBob LevinBill Mauldin 6 Jan 2009 1:50 PM

• In the day's biggest news, the winner of Publishers Weekly's annual Critic's Poll of graphic novels is Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, with The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez in a 6-way tie for 2nd place and Honorable Mentions to Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane, The Lagoon by Lilli Carré, and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Ben Ostrander sends The Comics Reporter his Top Books of 2008 list, which has Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin on it

Marc Sobel lines up his Top Ten Books of 2008, with Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane at #2, Most Outrageous by Bob Levin at #3, and "the comics by Dash Shaw in Mome" at #4, and with Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason, Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, and Insomnia #3 by Matt Broersma in the "Other Noteworthy Books" category

• We've got 16 entries on Rob Clough's "Top 50 Comics of the Year", plus 8 honorable mentions; don't make me list them all out

Comics And... Other Imaginary Tales says Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum is "obscenely good fun!"

• Not comics: Magnet has the scoop on Robert Pollard's slate of 2009 records