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.
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.
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.
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.
CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS is pleased to begin the New Year with two spirited solo exhibitions: Carole Wagner Greenwood's "Ghosts and Circumstance" and Dame Darcy's "Gasoline." The exhibitions will open to the public January 9, 2009 and will be on view until February 7, 2009. Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, January 9, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm with a free music performance at 9pm.
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