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Seattle: Schelly on Kurtzman at the University Bookstore
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Harvey KurtzmaneventsBill Schelly 1 May 2015 12:59 PM

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Thursday, May 7th

Seattle, WA - It's undeniable the influence that Harvey Kurtzman has had on an entire generation of cartoonists, humorists, and people who like to laugh. As the founder of MAD Magazine, his influence has left an indelable mark in American culture. But what about the man himself? The new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, by author Bill Schelly has exhaustively researched the man and his career, and is coming to The University Bookstore on May 7th. Join us for a launch party in celebration of the book's release! Schelly will present the must-have new book and discuss the fascinating man behind it. 

Festivities kick off at 7 PM. Make sure to stick around after the presentation to get your copy signed by Schelly.  

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Universty Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105 

 


This Week's Press Highlights
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under The KurdlesSam Zabel and the Magic PenRobert Goodinpress highlightsJosh SimmonsInvitation to OpennessHarvey KurtzmanBlack RiverAngry Youth Comix 30 Apr 2015 3:30 PM
Fantagraphics Books and artists have been featured in Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Atlantic, Boing Boing and more this week. Check out some selections below.

“After reading Josh Simmons' Black River I had to read Cormac McCarthy's The Road and watch Requiem for a Dream to cheer myself up.”
Read More at Boing Boing

“Simmons renders his tale in a blunt, almost primitive visual style; the ink-drenched darkness mirrors the unrelenting blackness of his vision.”
Booklist, May 15, 2015 print magazine
 

Praise for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America

“Is revolutionized too strong? No way. Kurtzman was, in the words of Art Spiegelman, “a goddamn national treasure.”
Playboy, Book of the Month, May 2015 print edition

“The unsung genius of modern satire”
Rolling Stone magazine, May 7, 2015 print edition 

“Exhaustively researched.”
Read more at The Atlantic


"The Kurdles is a story for all ages with plenty of fun, weirdness and childhood innocence that captivates your imagination and jolts you with some of that nostalgic wonderment that made childhood so grand." 

"Goodin fills each panel with cinematic, hand-painted scenes that, while certainly for kids, are slightly eerie."
—Booklist, May 15, 2015 print magazine


"ANGRY YOUTH COMIX is an incredibly successful comic."
Read more at This Is Infamous


“The biggest stars in black music have been gathered together in this very handsomely designed and informative coffee table book… adept at vividly capturing musicians and political figures in revealing off the cuff moments”
Review of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 in JAZZ WISE (UK) April 2015 print magazine 


“A triumphant comeback.” 
Review of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks 
in Knack Focus print magazine (Belgium) 











































Free Comic Book Day and More at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under The StrangerRobert CrumbJim RuggFCBDFantagraphics BookstoreEd PiskorDash Shaw 30 Apr 2015 12:38 AM

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Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, May 2. While supplies last, we'll be giving out free copies of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Three-In-One featuring contributions from Jim Rugg, R. Crumb, Ben Marra and more, together with a companion 24-page Cosplayers story by Dash Shaw.

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Saturday also marks the first national Independent Bookstore Day. Following a successful inaugural year in California, Independent Bookstore Day hopes to attract legions of literati the way Record Store Day rallies audiophiles to their local record retailers. No fewer than 17 bookstores in the Seattle area are joining forces in an unprecedented effort to draw attention to the wonders of the written word. Details of this promotion can be found in this story in the current issue of The Stranger, complete with cautionary comments from Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. Wherever you are, please support your local comic book shops and independent bookstores on Saturday.

New Comics Wednesday: The Kurdles by Robert Goodin
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under The KurdlesRobert Goodinnew comics wednesday 29 Apr 2015 11:00 AM

The Kurdles 

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin

60-page full color 8.75" x 12" hardcover 

$24.99 | 978-1-60699-832-8 

 

In the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle ScroogeThe Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. 

In comic book shops now! Click here to find a store near you and confirm availability.

Washington Speakers Bureau - Megan Kelso
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Megan Kelsoevents 29 Apr 2015 10:03 AM

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Humanities Washingon, one of the best and most creative organizations in the state, has chosen Megan Kelso to participate in the 2015-16 Speakers Bureau! What Speakers Bureau does is create a roster of cultural experts and scholars who travel to all corners of the state to provide diverse public presentations that "encourage audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation." 

A Seattle cartoonist, Megan Kelso is the creator of Queen of the Black BlackArtichoke Tales, and The Squirrel Mother for Fantagraphics, as well as the "GirlHero" mini comic. Megan's unique lecture that she'll be taking on the road with her is titled "Comics Can Take Us Places". From Humanities Washington:

"What role does a sense of place play in cartoons and comic storytelling? How does place influence the character and plot of these images and the stories they tell? As a visual medium, comics tap directly into our sense of memory, time and place - sometimes without words. In this fascinating presentation, cartoonist Megan Kelso explains how she uses memory, her own life, research, and photo references to create sequential panels that evoke the feeling of a specific, inhabited world. Kelso illustrates the presentation with examples of her work and pictures of places that have inspired her to share how central the role of place is to these popular art forms, particularly from storytelling and social commentary perspectives."

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(The Squirrel Mother 2010) 

Megan's next stop around the state will be on Saturday, May 2nd in Olympia, WA at the Tumwater Timberland Regional Library in conjuction with the library's comic celebration day. Check back into Megan's blog for updates on where she'll be next. OR if you're a non-profit/school/library etc, find out how you can apply to have Megan speak to your organization!

New York: Ed Piskor at The New School
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Hip Hop Family TreeFCBDeventsEd Piskor 28 Apr 2015 11:00 AM

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Saturday, May 2nd

New York, NY - The man of many talents, Ed Piskor will be joined by notable New Yorkers in the hip hop scene to discuss the dynamic intersectionality of hip hop and comics in an event called New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Beginning at 6 PM in room L104, head to The New School for a visual and verbal presentation that includes special guests:

Eric Orr - creator of "Rappin' Max Robot", the first ever Hip-Hop comic book. Orr is a graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator.

Jazzy Jay - a DJ and produver whose career began in the '70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation.  

DJ Johnny "Juice" Rosado - best known for his work as producer and DJ artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders and the New School, and DMC. 

All moderated by Patrick Reed, who puts together Hip Hop and Comics panels at conventions all across the country. He also contributes to Comics Alliance and edits Depth of Field magazine.

If you can't get enough comics or Ed at FCBD just down the street, this is the place to scratch that itch!

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The New School University Center
63 5th Ave
New York, NY
 

 

 

 



Wuvable Oaf Tour 2015: East Coast Edition
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Luce 27 Apr 2015 3:51 PM

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A tour of oaf proportions is the only fitting way to celebrate the imminent release of the epic Wuvable Oaf collection, by the one and only, Ed Luce. You may have caught glimpses of him if you're a frequenter of Seattle or Portland, but now the East Coast and back is about to get some wuv!

New York

May 7th - Printed Matter
Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists' books. Through their open submission policy, they circulate over 32,000 books annually, and provide numerous educational resources to publishing newbies and veterans alike. We're honored that they're hosting the New York release of Oaf. Ed will be signing from 6-8 PM, with copies of the beautiful beast on hand!

May 7th & 8th - Queers & Comics
If you're at all interetsted in the history, the LGBTQ rights, comics culture, and anything inbetween, you must check out the Queers & Comics conference. Ed Luce, amongst many other notable cartoonists and figures, will be engaging in panels and presentations about the intersection, the history, and the business of queers and comics. 

Toronto, ON

May 9th & 10th - TCAF
Toronto Comics and Art Fest boasts some formidible guests at this year's convention, including a number of Fanta artists. But we understand if a big reason you head to this FREE show is to catch up with featured guest, Ed Luce. TCAF is seeing the premier Canadian release of Wuvable Oaf. A full breakdown of the signing schedule, panels, and tables is forthcoming!

Check back on Flog for tour updates, including the next stretch of Oaf dates! 

 

 




FCBD Events at FPNYC
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under FCBDeventsEd PiskorDash Shaw 27 Apr 2015 12:01 PM

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 Saturday, May 2nd

New York City - We know you have options in New York about where to get your free comic fix this coming Saturday during the national Free Comic Book Day holiday. But are any of those stores besides Forbidden Planet bringing in Dash Shaw and Ed Piskor for a signing? Didn't think so! Starting at Noon the Union Square store will be hosting these top notch artists to sign copies of their books. Titles they'll have on hand include "Cosplayers", and Doctors by Shaw, and the award-winning, action-packed Hip Hop Family Tree series by Piskor. 

FCBD can be competetive, but we hope you get lucky with a copy of our Hip Hop Family Tree three-in-one. Featuring Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw's Cosplayers! Piskor's half features excerpts from all three existing HHFT volumes, plus the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation and exclusive pinups by R Crumb, Scotting Young, Jim Rugg, Ben Marra, and more...! Shaw's side delivers an all-new, 24-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers. Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With exclusive wraparound cover by Piskor.

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This annual tradition of free comics has turned into one of the most poppin' days of the year for many stores. Cosplayers, special sales, and in-store guests. A lot of work goes into throwing a FCBD, and no one works harder than Forbidden Planet. Line up early to get your free books, and then stick around for this signing mash-up that leads the pack in showing just how diverse comics can be as a medium. (But we won't tell if you slept outside waiting for the new Avengers movie.)

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Forbidden Planet NYC
832 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 


NYC: Queers & Comics Conference
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Trina RobbinsMarguerite Van CookJustin HallJames RombergerGraham KolbeinseventsEllen ForneyEd LuceAnne Ishii 23 Apr 2015 2:32 PM

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May 7th-8th

New York, NY - Queers and comics are combining forces and heading to NYC for a two day Queers & Comics conference at CUNY  that will offer two days of panels, workshops, presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art; sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). The history of queers in comics is long and rich, producing some of the most groundbreaking cartoonists of the past 40 years. From punk zines sold in queer bookstores and cafes, and now to the stage of Broadway, queer comics have been as diverse as those making them. Which makes this conference an important venue to continue the understanding and creation of queer stories. 

Keynote presentations from Howard Cruse and Allison Bechdel, and speical guest Gengorah Tagame headline this event, while 100's of cartoonists and scholars from all over the world come together and present to an eager audience of publishers, editors, academics, and readers alike. 

Some panel highlights that feature Fantagraphics artists include:

May 7th
9-10:45 AM Porn This Way: Male Sexuality in Queer Comics with moderator Justin Hall
 11:45-1:15 PM Gengorah Tagame in Conversation with Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
4:15-6 PM Drawing Out Queerness: Artists and Scholars in Conversation with Justin Hall
4:15-6 PM Queer Politics, Agit-Pop & Editorial Comics: Comics as an Eyewitness with James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook

May 8th
11-12:45 PM To Be Continued: Serialized Comics with Ed Luce
11-12:45 PM Wonder Woman: And Beyond with Trina Robbins
4:15-6 PM Wet and Sticky: Female Sexuality in Queer Comics with Ellen Forney

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Registration for the event is open to the public, and has several different levels of prices, including FREE if you're a member of CLAGS, or a low income option. 

The level of talent as this conference is one for the books, and a testament to the enduring power of art as a vehicle for change. Don't miss this event! 






This Week's Press Highlights
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under The New Yorkerpress highlightsLove BunglersLos Angeles Times book prizeJosh SimmonsJaime HernandezHollywood ReporterGary GrothEisner AwardsDaniel ClowesComplete EightballBlack River 23 Apr 2015 10:44 AM
“Daniel Clowes is…widely considered a one-man embodiment of nineties cool.” – Françoise Mouly and Mina Kaneko, The New Yorker
Read more at The New Yorker

Jaime Hernandez, “one of Southern California’s signature artists,” was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his graphic novel “The Love Bunglers”.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times  

“The nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced, with Marvel Entertainment, DC Entertainment and indie publisher Fantagraphics each receiving 18 nods across the board.”
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

“The undisputed king of the comic publishing industry, Gary Groth, talks about the flight path of Fantagraphics.”
Watch here on the Seattle Channel Art Zone 

“With all the jailhouse craziness that ensues, Simmons is a careful artist. He has a deft way of creating just the right amount of detail to evoke a landscape or a town that has been left in ruins.”
Read more at Comics Grinder



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