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Will Eisner Week: Paul Hornschemeier & Denis Kitchen
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 26 Feb 2014 10:37 AM
Will Eisner week 
At the invitation of Stephen Weiner, director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA, the Million Year Picnic comic shop will participate in Will Eisner Week as the Boston metro-area representative of the event. To honor Eisner's birthday, there will be a Q&A session between Paul Hornschemeier (creator of Artists, Authors, Thinkers, DirectorsMother, Come Home; The Three Paradoxes; the New York Times Best Seller Life with Mr. Dangerous, as well as the short story collections Let Us Be Perfectly Clear and All and Sundry) and Denis Kitchen (a cartoonist in the "underground comix" movement, he founded Kitchen Sink Press (1969-99) as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and co-authored three scholarly works on comics creators) on the anniversary of Will Eisner's Birthday, Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 7pm at the Cambridge Public Library.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge
Massachusetts 02138

Followed by a signing at The Million Year Picnic

Artists Authors Thinkers Directors  

Oh Panoptica Ficcio! Max Exhibit in Barcelona!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxeventsart shows 26 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Max's work, titled Panóptica, traveled through Europe with stops in Valencia, Madrid, Mexico City, and several cities in Brazil! (You can see some photos from those stops on the FLOG here and here.)

On Tuesday, March 11th, the Arts Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona opens a new exhibit from Max, continuing where his retrospective show left off: Oh Panòptica Ficció!

The exhibit will be accompanied by a comics workshop on March 20th-22nd, and a concert by Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orquestra on March 20th with Max drawing along.  The exhibit itself will run through Sunday, April 13th.

And don't forget, we'll be releasing Vapor this year! Max once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

Nancy help needed
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ernie BushmillerComing Attractions 25 Feb 2014 3:00 PM

Nancy 9/23/50

We need a better version of the 9-23-1950 Nancy daily for our long-awaited third Nancy volume coming this fall. Our scan has a damaged first panel. Perhaps a faithful Flog reader might be able to hook us up? If so, please drop us a line.

Nancy Loves Sluggo

Tony Millionaire Returns to Fantagraphics Bookstore on March 8!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairerockMaakiesFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 25 Feb 2014 12:52 PM

Sock Monkey postcard

Join us on Saturday, March 8, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury with an art exhibition, book signing, and music concert.

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing new collection.

Mr. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, featuring the comical adventures of Drinky Crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Green Eggs and Maakies collects two years of Maakies in a deluxe landscape hardcover format.

The festive opening on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features music by Ashley Eriksson. Perhaps best known for her music associated with the wildly popular animated television series Adventure Time, Eriksson will perform songs from her recently released Colours album on K Records. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore.

Sock Monkey TreasuryTony Millionaire

Green Eggs and Maakies

"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman's brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat." – John Hodgman, The New York Times

"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello

"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires." – Conan O'Brien

"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers

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Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey book signing and art exhibition

Opening reception Saturday, March 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Music by Ashley Eriksson

Exhibition continues through April 9, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM


Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 25 Feb 2014 10:42 AM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn cover photo

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn pages photo

Advance copies of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn have arrived by special Duck delivery and it's another great-looking volume of The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library, inside and out. In this volume: Donald gets superpowers! A sinking Viking ship! Dueling steam shovels! A steam calliope! And of course the titular mythical beast, plus much more all-ages adventure and comedy from the mirthful mind and masterful pen of the great Carl Barks.

This book hits shelves in a couple of months; pre-order your copy and read a nice big excerpt for free right here.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/24-3/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJim Ruggevents 25 Feb 2014 9:13 AM

Foxing & Friends flyer

Wednesday, February 26th

Seattle, WA: Stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for Foxing & Friends, a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Friday, February 28th

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to see the Julia Gfrörer exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Go drown in its beauty! (more info)

Saturday, March 1st

Los Angeles, CA: Don't miss the opening reception of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia exhibit at the gallery Dem Passwords! Ron will be unveiling some amazing large-scale paintings that you'll definitely want to see! (more info)


Esther Pearl Watson & Lilian Todd Art Exhibit in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 24 Feb 2014 9:13 AM

That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esther collaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd! 

Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.

And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!! 

Ron Regé, Jr. Presents Cartoon Utopia at Spiritual Arts Night!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrevents 22 Feb 2014 1:13 PM

Celebrate the brand new lunar Year of the Horse with noneother than Ron Regé, Jr. this Sunday, February 23rd!

Tomorrow night, the all-ages non-profit place pehrspace kicks off their new series, Pehrtalks, with "Spiritual Arts Night," an evening to explore the varied mysteries of the metaphysical arts. Five expert practitioners of different disciplines will form a panel to introduce their crafts and answer questions from the audience. There will be art, musical meditation, and light refreshments!

At 8:15 PM, Ron will give a presentation on The Cartoon Utopia, his graphic novel masterpiece that focuses on ideas that he's become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.

✦ ✦ ✦
7:30 Mingle, drink herbal tea, and start feeling magical.
7:45 Solaris, "Zodiac Forecast"
8:00 Melinda Lee Holmes, "Wearable Magic, Crystal and Moon Guidance"
8:15 Ron Rege Jr, Cartoon Utopia
8:30 Marcella Kroll, "Ancestral Karma Healing: how clearing the past can heal our future"
8:45 Jessica Snow, "Compassionately unlocking the treasures within"
9:00 Questions
9:30 Sonic Meditation by Brian Griffith
9:45 Get really peaceful!
✦ ✦ ✦

Admission is $3 at the door, which will go to the guest speakers. Bring a pillow or something else to sit on.

pehrspace is located at two blocks south of Temple in Historic Filipinotown at 325 Glendale Blvd. (Note: finding them the first time may be difficult. They are in the back of the Glen Village parking lot, behind a short palm tree. You won't see it from the street; you'll have to come into the parking lot.)











What's Wrong with Comics (in 1983)?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim ThompsonFantagraphics history 21 Feb 2014 1:56 PM

Heavy Metal page

Kim Thompson had an answer for a feature in the March, 1983 issue of Heavy Metal which asked just that question. Our own Kristy Valenti came across it and provided this scan.

Kim letter

It's interesting to revisit statements like this now. In terms of what Kim called "pop comics" his last couple of lines are oddly apropos now that 30 years later one of the most successful comic titles is a zombie comic. 

Significant Objects at the Dallas Museum of Art TONIGHT!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Significant Objectsevents 21 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

Significant Objects

There's a significant event happening tonight for Significant Objects, our collection of extraordinary short stories inspired by ordinary stuff -- things like novelty items, discarded souvenirs, and tasteless kitchenware picked up cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.

And tonight, Friday, February 21st, at the Dallas Museum of Art, Significant Objects editor Rob Walker presents Materially Untrue: Stories About Objects Unearthed from Art Storage!

At 7:00 PM, four Texas authors (Will Clarke, Doug Dorst, Merritt Tierce, and Shay Youngblood) will debut original stories about objects unearted from DMA art storage.

This event is FREE and open to the public! A book signing will take place after the readings. The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood in Dallas, Texas.


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