Code Cute, Code Cute! The Cute Boy Alert is hitting Portland and hitting it HARD. On Thursday, October 9th from to 5pm-8pm, Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be throwing off their coats and letting their hair out, ready to hit the dance floor.
Nearing the end of their world tour, Simon is celebrating the release of his 'stoner tragedy' Megahex, made popular on his Girl Mountain Tumblr, now available in a sexy hardback from Fantagraphics. Poverty, misanthropy, depression all fogged up in substance abuse grace these watercolored pages but you'll still be rolling in tears laughing so hard by the end of it. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge is continuing his long line of one-person short story anthologies, Lose #6 (first published online 5 years ago) out from Koyama Press. Often hailed as the next Daniel Clowes, DeForge is a prolific cartoonist with only more great ink to flow from his pen. Also from the Toronto-based publisher, illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Kyle is signing his newest comic, Distance Mover, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring the improbable vehicle of the same name that moves a Mr. Earth across the world.
Floating World Comics 400 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209
San Francisco: The fantasy train, with Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle, is making it's way North, and stopping this night at the beloved Mission Comics. To make this tour stop even more exciting, Ed Luce of Wuvable Oaf, is joining them! We hope the good time party vibes of this tour never end, and you can ride the waves by heading to Mission Comics at 5 pm. Kitties in abundunce! (More Details)
Wednesday, October 8
New York: The Society of Illustrators is holding a special lecture series tonight highlighting the work of Drew Friedman and his new oversized, full color spectacular, Heroes of the Comics. A stacked panel team featuring Friedman, Karen Green (Columbia University graphic novels library), Sean Howe (author of Marvel Comics, The Untold Story), and Al Jaffee will be moderated by the comics historian Danny Fingeroth. The lecture runs from 6:30-8:30 pm, and tickets are available through the SOI websites. (More Details)
Thursday, October 9
Portland, OR: One of the best comic shops ever (yeah, I said it) will be hosting some of the best cartoonists ever (yeah, I said it) this Thursday at Portland's Floating World Comics! Celebrating Megahex , Lose #6, and Distance Mover, the boys of summer are hitting fall, which means the tour is winding down. But that doesn't mean the good times are done! In fact, you might have the best time of your life from 5-8 pm this Thursday if you make your way to Floating World Comics! (More Details)
Stanford, CA: Sponsored by Standford Arts, the California univserity is hosting a conversation with Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez. They'll be covering a wide range of topics covering the current state of alternative comics, as well as it's history, their influence, and the influence that their latino and punk culture had on them while growing up, and in creating Love and Rockets. It will be hosted by two professors from the University, and it's open to the public! Get schooled from 5:30-7:30 pm! (More Details)
Friday, October 10
Portland, OR: We're keeping them busy this week at Floating World Comics by being lucky enough to have two other rising talents of Lane Milburn (Twelve Gems) and Conor Stechschulte (The Amateurs) join the welcoming PDX community for a signing of their recent successes of sci-fi fantasy and psychological thriller/black comedy. Start your Friday night right from 4-7 pm, with plenty of time to make it to our next Friday outing! (More Details)
Portland, OR: The always changing, always original, monthly comics performance variety show, Grid Lords, has a spectacular line-up of, you guessed it, Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle! They will each be combining a reading of their works with musical performances that will be loud, gross and beautiful! Just like everything else they do. Buy a book, get in for free, otherwise it's only 5 bones! Performance begins at 7:30 pm. (More Details)
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit; a celebration of exploitative art and iamges in cinema, currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the now available book, Super Trash. The exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland. Tonight's film is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I had the trilogy on laser disk and watched them all the time; you can't go wrong with anything Indiana, as long as it's not the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (More Details)
Seattle, WA: Gearing up for a packed fall schedule, the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery present Danny Bland, author of the acclaimed In Case We Die, in conversation with fellow author and musician Jonathan Evison. They will be talking celebrating, and talking about, Bland's new book, I Apologise in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do, a brilliant collection of haikus. The conversation/signing event runs from 6-8 pm (More Details)
Saturday, October 11
Seattle, WA: It's the day we've all been waiting for. We finally get to call our little chickies home to roost around the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery (don't worry, we'll put straw down). From 6 until closing, we're going to have a big ol' Fanta fam fest when we're joined by the Hanselmann-DeForge-Kyle tour, AND Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte. Like all the stops along the way, there will be books signed, hearts broken, drinks drinked, and maybe some tears teared as the full tour makes it's last US stop. This event is on all the hot ticket events in Seattle this week, so make sure you bring all your friends and enemies (for they shall all be your friends by the end of the night) to Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Georgetown from 6-Closing. (More Details)
Sunday, October 12
Seattle, WA: Twenty-two years after the release of his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, Maus, Art Spiegelman presents Wordless!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk and musical performance created with acclaimed jazz composer Philip Johnston. Johnston's original scores, performed with his sextet, accompany the cartoonist's personal tour of the first legitimate "graphic novels" - silent picture stories made by early 20th century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross - and their influences on him. This unique and multifaceted performance begins at 7:30 pm (More Details)
Vancouver, BC: We've made it, the end. A month (or so) long whirldwind tour of cities, spreading the good word. Canadians have been knocking down the border fence for their chance to witness the magic, and Pulpfiction Books has been granted that wish this Sunday from 4-7 pm. Unfortunately that border is stronger than it looks, and Simon Hanselmann will not be able to attend this event, but we're still letting them have DeForge and Kyle. I guess giving them back to Canada is more accurate. We'll miss them bunches. Don't be strangers! Write often! (More Details)
The central character of Set to Sea is a big lug and an aspiring poet who runs up tabs at the local bars by day and haunts the docks by night, writing paeans to the seafaring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong, he finds the sailor's life a bit rougher than his romantic nautical fantasies, but he learns to live — and love — a Conradian life on the sea, all the while writing poetry about pirates, bad food, unceremonious funerals, foreign ports, and unexpected epiphanies. By the end of his life, he's found satisfaction in living a life of adventure and finding a receptive and appreciative readership. What more could one ask for? Set to Sea is part rollicking adventure, part maritime ballad told in visual rhyme. Every page is a single panel, every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a part of a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning.
On Thursday, October 16th, author Kipp Friedman will be presenting at the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festivalin Madison, Wisconsin. His Fantagraphics' book, Barracuda in the Attic, has captured the nostalgia of the 70s in New York and LA, all wrapped up in a comedic family dynasty. His reading is 5pm at the Central Library (The Bubbler).
Perhaps Kipp will talk about shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald...it'll be just racy enough to make a librarian or two SSSSHHH him.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council. 201 W Mifflin St Madison, WI 53703 608.266.6300
From their days not too long ago as part of Closed Caption Comics to simultaneously releasing books via Fantagraphics, friends and former roommates Conor Stechschulte and Lane Milburnhave a lot to be happy about. Maybe you've seen Stechschulte's Lurking/Nocturners, Water Phase or The Amateurs amongst a pile of mini-comics at your friend's place. Seeing the brilliance in the brutal, Fantagraphics has taken Stechschulte's 60 page comic and printed in with a gorgeous uncoated texture cover stock that you'll soon be gripping, hands dripping with fear sweat. Meanwhile, Xeric-award winner Milburn went on to produce Death Trap and then finally the sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems, with Fantagraphics. Following the words of a mad-man scientist, three of the galaxy's best mercenaries will search the stars and darkness in between for each of the powerful yet mysterious gems.
And now Stechschulte and Milburn will team up once again for a signing at your favorite Portland comic store, Floating World. From 4-7pm on Friday, October 10th you can chuckle and guffaw along with these talented cartoonists and get your graphic novels signed! You'll get out just in time to go see Grid Lords too!
Floating World Comics 400 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209 503.241.0227
In the opening pages of The Late Child and Other Animals, a new biographical memoir out from acclaimed artists and powerhouse duo Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger, Van Cook's mother Hetty navigates the ruins of Portsmouth, where Nazi bombings have destroyed buildings and started fires. Meanwhile, her husband Fred—with whom she has decided to adopt a child—is stationed somewhere in North Africa.
With Halloween approaching, it's a good time to consider some spooky favorites from Fantagraphics Books.
The formative work of Charles Burns in Big Baby foreshadows the brilliance that would follow. Alluring stories like "Curse of the Molemen," "Blood Club," and "Teen Plague" remain creepy and compelling while exploring themes of adolescent angst. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes is a similarly insightful examination of the otherworldly imaginations of its youthful protagonists. It remains among the greatest graphic novels - and film adaptations - of all time.
Al Columbia's Pim & Francie is at first blush a collection of meticulously rendered drawings, but a closer examination reveals a seductive narrative involving a cute cartoon couple caught in a world of horrific nightmares.
A misanthropic witch wrestles with real world issues in Simon Hanselmann's Megahexand surreal horror unfolds in The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte as two butchers are afflicted with a mysterious case of amnesia. Meat these amazing artists this Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore.
The boys are rolling into Mission Comics and Art right as everyone is waking up from APE! Simon Hanselmann is casting spells right and left with his bong magic in Megahex, while Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are taking readers on epic, strange journeys in their books, Lose #6 and Distance Mover respectively. It all starts on Tuesday, October 7th at 5pm!
Also joining the illustrious line-up is everyone's favorite, Ed Luce, of Wuvable Oaf! His Fantagraphics' collected edition is coming out next March but he has a ton of single issues and fun comics like the Music Mini (choose from one of four crazy covers) to read and rock out to!
Mission Comics 3520 20th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
"[Sacco’s comics are] a vital pure comix experience." – Time
"Joe Sacco is a genius. Easily one of the most important journalists, writers and cartoonists alive, every stroke of his assured and humblingly mature pen captures what the camera simply cannot. Through his reserved yet compassionate use of words and pictures, he allows us to occupy the horrifying inner and outer boundaries of human cruelty and desperation — yet all, I believe, with the aim of returning to what it means to be a civilized, sympathetic and possibly even forgiving soul." – Chris Ware
"There’s nobody else anywhere near Sacco’s level doing journalistic comics in English." – Douglas Wolk
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