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JIM WOODRING AND PAUL DIFILIPPO PRESENT COSMOCOPIA AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON OCTOBER 11, 2008
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Payseur & Schmidt, is pleased to host the debut of Cosmocopia by acclaimed author Paul DiFilippo, illustrated by Jim Woodring. This event, on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, will feature an exhibition of new work by Woodring and a reading from the book by DiFilippo, followed by a book signing. This exquisite hardbound literary work is limited to 500 copies housed in a handsome box and includes a 513-piece jigsaw puzzle by Woodring — an extraordinary collaboration by two of the country’s most creative minds.
Paul DiFilippo, of Providence, Rhode Island, is a prolific author primarily associated with science fiction’s provocative cyberpunk and steampunk sub-genres. His popular short stories have been collected in The Steampunk Trilogy, Fractal Paisleys, Ribofunk, and A Year in the Linear City. His utterly unclassifiable novels include Ciphers, Fuzzy Dice, A Mouthful of Tongues, and Spondulix. Among DiFilippo’s work in comics is Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct, a sequel to the Alan Moore series on DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. He has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Philip K. Dick, Wired Magazine, and World Fantasy awards.
Seattle-based cartoonist and fine artist Jim Woodring has cultivated an international following with his visionary rendering style and lurid palette. His award-winning comic book series include Jim and Frank, which have been collected in several volumes by Fantagraphics Books. His recent books include The Portable Frank and Museum of Love & Mystery. Woodring’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he was a recipient of a prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006. His exhibition will include recent paintings, drawings and prints.
Cosmocopia follows fictional fantasy artist Frank Lazorg as he is driven to madness. His failing career is reinvigorated by the discovery of a miraculous drug, which ultimately plunges the artist into an equally disturbing alternate reality. Cosmocopia is published by Seattle-based artisan press Payseur & Schmidt. Specializing in speculative fiction, Payseur & Schmidt is the creation of Jacob McMurray and Therese Littleton. McMurray is senior curator at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame as well as a graphic designer, publisher, and arts activist in the Northwest. Littleton serves as director of curatorial affairs at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and has been a literary arts advocate in our region for many years.
Please join us on Saturday, October 11 for this festive celebration. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For more information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Payseur & Schmidt Present COSMOCOPIA JIM WOODRING • PAUL DIFILIPPO
Saturday, October 11 Book signing and opening reception 6:00 - 9:00 PM Paul DiFilippo reading at 7:00 PM
Jim Woodring art exhibition continues through November 5, 2008
We have a new poll on the website today: "Following Palestine and Ghost World, what should get the Special Edition treatment next?" Will your vote help a book idea become reality? Who knows! Look in the right column on Flog or our home page for the poll module and cast your vote. And click here for the results of our previous poll, "Which is your favorite of Jason's recent books?" It was a pretty close race!
I don't know why, but watching a video review of a book you put together is infinitely more dread-inducing than a print review. But I guess we got off pretty easy with this week's Comic Book Haters video podcast. I'm not sure there's anything more entertaining than listening to three guys with thick Jersey accents trying to make sense of something they're not very familiar with. I'm actually quite grateful to the Haters for giving MOME a shot, because it's clearly not in their wheelhouse, per se, and it would have been easy for them to choose something else to review. But they didn't, and hey, they kind of liked it. Thanks, guys!
I just scored the first six (correction) five issues of BIG FUN magazine and am mystified that it's taken me over two years to discover this noble endeavor. Publisher Mark Schwartz has produced six impressive collections of classic adventure comics by Roy Crane, Noel Sickles, Warren Tufts, and others. My personal favorites are a bunch of advertising strips for oral hygiene products by Frank Robbins. The reproductions are all choice and the paper and production impressive. The two most recent "issues" (they're really full-on trade paperbacks) were done print-on-demand, but if you like the Crane/Sickles/Tufts school of cartooning, these are really must-haves. Learn more, and order, HERE.
Forget about Marvel's Secret Invasion or DC's Final Crisis. The real comic book event of the summer comes in the unassuming guise of a hardcover collection of illustrated short stories. Abandoned Cars (Fantagraphics) is the breathtaking debut book by St. Louis writer/illustrator Tim Lane. Lane drew on a number of inspirations-everything from "pre-Comics Code" comics like Will Eisner's The Spirit to Bruce Springsteen's concept album Nebraska to inform this collection of atmospheric tales about the human condition. "Over technique, over stylization, more important than anything else is emotional impact," he says. This isn't to say that the book lacks either technique or style, but that for all its visual dazzle, there's an emotional tug, sometimes sympathy, sometimes revulsion. Refreshingly, the book isn't slavishly devoted to genre or to its inherent comic book-ness (no tights or monsters). So why not just write a straight-up short story collection? "The stories I like to tell are conducive to comics," he says. The book signals the arrival of a major new voice on the American literary landscape, with or without the illustrations.
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