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Jason at the Strand TOMORROW!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jasonevents 2 Jun 2009 1:34 PM
Come see Europe's finest cartoonist, JASON, making a rare U.S. appearance at NYC's STRAND BOOKSTORE this Wednesday, June 3, at 7PM. Featuring the World Premiere of his new book, LOW MOON, collecting the acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE serial and four other all new stories!

WHO: Jason
WHAT: Signing the new book, LOW MOON
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 7:00PM
WHERE: The Strand Bookstore, 12th St. & Broadway, New York, NY




Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack Strikes Again on June 13
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 2 Jun 2009 1:08 PM

Georgetown Art Attack - May 2009

The Georgetown Art Attack, one of the Northwest's liveliest and most provocative cultural encounters, returns on Saturday, June 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The June installment of this monthly art walk once again includes an eclectic array of local, national and international artists working in diverse media. The public of all ages is invited to explore the historic quarter and visit its countless resident artists and creative enterprises.

Among the highlights of the June 13 Art Attack: "Les Femmes a la Carte," a one-night exhibition of work by Rebecca Woodhouse, Beverly Gimlin, Jessie Higgins Murray, Linda Sherman, and Tina Randolph in the Melinda Hannigan space at Equinox Studios; Rebecca Bolte ‘s "Things Aflame and Things Burned," a hot new series of traditional photographic still lifes on fire at Bolte Creative; "Low Moon," an exhibition of original comics and book signing by internationally acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist Jason at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; Full Throttle Bottles presents Anthony Godoy's panoramic photographs together with a display of Hazard Factory's power tool racers in advance of Georgetown's annual Power Tool Races (on June 27); Georgetown Tile Works features outsider and southern folk artists from the Shortbusgallery collection, including Tom D., Alyne Harris, R.A. Miller, Mr. Imagination and others; Motorcycle paintings and prints by John Bickley at Smarty Pants; Paintings by Bryan Ubaghs with music by Dubcar at the Stables; a stimulating assortment of alluring shops including vintage vinyl at Georgetown Records, mid-century Americana at Fruit Cocktail Collectibles, handcrafted gifts at George, the recently relocated A Dog's Dream canine boutique, and the newly opened bicycle shop Bikes So Good; dozens of open art studios; baked goods and beverages at Two Tartes Bakery and All City Coffee, and colorful dining and imbibing at Georgetown's many illustrious bars and cafes.

Preceding the Art Attack, our SoDo neighbors to the immediate north are hosting "Art on Airport" from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The public is invited to tour more than 20 art studios housed in the Sunny Arms complex (707 S. Snoqualmie St.), ORB (Old Rainier Brewery, 3100 Airport Way S.), and the 4810 Building (4810 Airport Way S.)

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid, or visit: www.georgetownartattack.com

New Comics Day 6/3/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under New Comics DayJordan Crane 2 Jun 2009 10:07 AM

Scheduled to arrive in comics shops this week: Uptight #3 by Jordan Crane.

Uptight #3 by Jordan Crane

Comic shops will be getting this item before we have it in stock ourselves, due to the intricacies of shipping and distribution, so once again the Wednesday Warriors win out! As always, check with your local shop to confirm availability.

(Note that our description of the issue has been updated to reflect the issue's contents; the story "Keeping Two" does not appear in this issue.)

Now in stock: Castle Waiting Vol. II #15 by Linda Medley
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLinda Medley 1 Jun 2009 4:35 PM

Castle Waiting Vol. II #15 by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting Vol. II #15
By Linda Medley

As the cast pairs off to commence moving Jain and Pin (and a pampered chicken) into the castle, the conversations range far and wide, from romance to war politics. You'll learn that the wise man always has the right goat for the job, and that sometimes you just have to say "Hooray for ridiculous." Plus, you'll find out what happens when a giant moves to your town (hint: making a pie requires semaphore signals).

24-page black & white 6.75" x 10.25" comic book • $3.95
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Daily OCD: 6/1/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsPeter BaggePeanutsPaul HornschemeierJohnny RyanGene DeitchEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawBoody RogersBob FingermanBlazing CombatBasil WolvertonAlexander Theroux 1 Jun 2009 4:06 PM

Your Online Commentary & Diversions for the first day of June '09:

• Review: "Holy cats!... Wolverton's illustrations [in The Wolverton Bible], done in the same unmistakable, stippled style that characterized his grotesqueries, show off the grim, the violent, and the destructive in the Old Testament, putting the blood and guts in the spotlight. The result is like no illustrated Bible you've ever seen... This is a side of Wolverton I never suspected, but it is perfectly him, humorous, grisly, mad and wonderful." - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

• Review/Profile: "...Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson... was for me like discovering a nugget of gold in a sieve! ...really original and fun." - Lezinfo (translated from French)

• Review: "With great candor and wit, [Peter] Bagge tackles [the] issues... in Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me, a collection of his strips from Reason Magazine. As in his previous works like Hate and The Bradleys, Bagge deftly manages to simultaneously anger and amuse the reader with his intensely personal stories about larger topical issues." - Rick Klaw, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica

• Review: "The Bradleys have more vices than virtues and Bagge explores them with a violent and insolent humor." - Intergalacticrobot (translated from Portuguese)

• Review: "...[T]he comics in this collection [of Blazing Combat] are astounding... The art is reproduced from 'the original printer’s films,' so the work is clear and detailed, with the washes and shading providing depth and a feeling of realism... The stories are still timely." - Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

• Review: "ISB Best of the Week: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5... Michael Kupperman is hands-down one of the funniest guys in comics." - Chris Sims, Chris's Invincible Super-Blog

• Reviewer: For The Wall Street Journal, Alexander Theroux reviews The Complete Letters of Henry James Vol. 1

• Plug: Jason Permenter spotlights "Twain and Einstein, from the new issue of [Tales Designed to] Thrizzle, which is 'out any day now.' Makes me laugh, audibly."

• Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon talks to Bob Fingerman about his latest projects, including Connective Tissue. Sample quote: "I think if I did nothing but comics, I would end up hating comics. For a while there I was actually beginning to hate comics."

• Interview: Robot 6's Tim O'Shea talks to Supermen! editor Greg Sadowski about the collection of Golden Age hero stories. Sample quote: "I never liked those 'Archive' editions where they bleach out the old colors and replace them with modern coloring methods printed on glossy paper. That whitewashes all the distinction out of those vintage books and transforms them into a cloyingly slick and artificial product."

• Event: On the MTV Splash Page blog, Rick Marshall talks about meeting Dash Shaw at our booth at BEA

• Video: From Paul Hornschemeier's blog: "Via Tuono Pettinato on Facebook: A Peanuts documentary (broken into 5 parts on YouTube) where Charles Schulz discusses the making of the animated Peanuts and the role of music. It's great footage, and makes me miss Schulz's genius all the more."

• Things to see: On the Covered blog, Johnny Ryan takes on Real Deal #3

• Things to see: Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine presents a vintage Gene Deitch-created rarity, "Clint Clobber"

• Contest: Dorian Wright is giving away "a copy of Boody, the collection of amazingly bizarre and eccentric Boody Rogers comics," to whomever guesses his most-hated comic character

Clowes covers The New Yorker
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbDaniel Clowes 1 Jun 2009 1:42 PM

New Yorker cover by Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes envisions the future of print on the cover of the new issue of The New Yorker.

You might have heard a tiny bit of buzz about the 11-page excerpt of Crumb's Book of Genesis in the issue, too.

Gahan for the Day 4
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Gahan Wilson 1 Jun 2009 12:30 PM

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The Fletcher Hanks Experience at MoCCA & on WFMU
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul KarasikFletcher Hankseventsaudio 1 Jun 2009 12:23 PM

Pummelin' Paul Karasik provides details of the Fletcher Hanks-travaganza planned for this coming weekend's MoCCA Festival in NYC:

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"The Fletcher Hanks Experience" will debut at MoCCA Comics festival on Saturday, June 6 at 5:00.

"The Fletcher Hanks Experience" is a safari over the craggy landscape of the psyche of Fletcher Hanks. Combining archival audio of Hanks' son with comic book panels, Paul Karasik takes the audience into the mind of the man whom R. Crumb called, "A Twisted dude".

PLUS: "You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!" the 2nd of volume of collected Hanks tales will also debut at MoCCA!

PLUS PLUS PLUS: Each Hanks book purchased at MoCCA comes with a complimentary coloring book, "Color Me or DIE!" with a cover drawn by Charles Burns!!!

Paul Karasik will be signing books on Saturday, June 6 from 2-3 and Sunday, June 7 from 12-1

(For more Fantagraphics signing times and activities, click here.)

NOT TO MENTION: Paul appeared on the mighty WFMU this morning on Benjamen Walker's show, "Theory of Everything." We weren't able to alert you in time but fortunately you can stream or download the interview right now from WFMU's online archive!

Conan O'Brien says Michael Kupperman's comics are a Must
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kupperman 1 Jun 2009 7:50 AM

Conan O'Brien takes a break from preparing to take over The Tonight Show tonight to sing the praises of Michael Kupperman's comics in the pages of this week's Entertainment Weekly:

#8 Comics by Michael Kupperman - It has become cliche to say I laughed until I cried, but when I'm done reading one of these underground comics my shirt is literally soaking wet. This guy may have one of the best comedy brains on the planet right now. - Conan O'Brien

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Congratulate Michael in person this weekend at the MoCCA Festival! The new Thrizzle hardcover will be on hand.

Mahler & Newgarden talk Funny
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under nicolas mahlerMark Newgardenevents 31 May 2009 8:58 PM

What Is Funny? Nicholas Mahler & Mark Newgarden

At the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, on Weds. June 3 at 6:30 PM (note that this overlaps with Jason's Low Moon signing at The Strand in NYC):

6:30 PM WHAT IS "FUNNY" ANYWAY?

A comics conversation with award-winning cartoonists Nicolas Mahler and Mark Newgarden.
Moderated by Mark David Nevins.

Join us for a lively and visually rich conversation with Nicolas Mahler and Mark Newgarden, in which we will explore how comics work, the marketplaces for graphic humor, where these cartoonists get their ideas, and, yes, the answer to the eternal question, "What is 'Funny'?"

ACFNY
Reservations required.

The Ephemerist has more details. (Via The Comics Reporter.)


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