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Seattle Comixtravaganza with Linda Medley
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Linda Medley 7 Jan 2009 9:12 AM
  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.

Comics, Live!
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium

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.

 


























Feast your eyes and ears, Seattle.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Blanchard 7 Jan 2009 6:48 AM

Jim Blanchard will have 16 recent paintings on exhibit at Wall Of Sound Records in Seattle from January 9 through February 28. The show is titled EYEBALL FATIGUE, as apt a descriptive of what Blanchard's seizure-inducing detail will do to you as any.

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.



If we published traditional kids' books...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 7 Jan 2009 6:39 AM

I would love to put out this work-in-progress: 

It doesn't hurt that I am close, personal friends with all of the animals in this book. 

Bottomless Conversation in NC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 6 Jan 2009 7:44 PM

  

More info here. I'm told "the dude Andy who runs things goes insanely in-depth," so it should be fun to see what he pulls out of Publishers Weekly's Graphic Novel of 2008

Cosmocopia
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodring 6 Jan 2009 7:27 PM

  

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.

  

Attention Seattle: SAVE ZIPPY!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bill Griffith 6 Jan 2009 5:27 PM

Barely a month after Bill Griffith graced our emerald city with a fantastic exhibition and book release party, less than a week after he published an homage to our quirky town and his visit, the Seattle P-I has returned the favor by unceremoniously dropping Zippy the Pinhead from its daily print edition, effective this morning. This should be considered an affront to Mr. Griffith, to Seattle's own Fantagraphics, and to all remaining conscious and literate readers of the newspaper. With Zippy gone, enjoy your Funky Winkerbean when you're stuck waiting somewhere with nothing to read but that section of the paper.  We would be most grateful if you would consider  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  (NOTE: new, better email link added) and asking them to bring back America's -- and Seattle's -- favorite pinhead. We will post updates as we get them. 

UPDATE: Better email link added above, and I've also been told fans can voice their complaints by telephone by calling the PI's Reader Representative at 206.448.8007. 

Daily links: 1/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTim LaneRobert PollardreviewsMomeMatt BroersmaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKevin Huizengajohn kerschbaumJasonJaime HernandezDash ShawBob LevinBill Mauldin 6 Jan 2009 1:50 PM

• In the day's biggest news, the winner of Publishers Weekly's annual Critic's Poll of graphic novels is Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, with The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez in a 6-way tie for 2nd place and Honorable Mentions to Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane, The Lagoon by Lilli Carré, and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Ben Ostrander sends The Comics Reporter his Top Books of 2008 list, which has Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin on it

Marc Sobel lines up his Top Ten Books of 2008, with Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane at #2, Most Outrageous by Bob Levin at #3, and "the comics by Dash Shaw in Mome" at #4, and with Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason, Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, and Insomnia #3 by Matt Broersma in the "Other Noteworthy Books" category

• We've got 16 entries on Rob Clough's "Top 50 Comics of the Year", plus 8 honorable mentions; don't make me list them all out

Comics And... Other Imaginary Tales says Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum is "obscenely good fun!"

• Not comics: Magnet has the scoop on Robert Pollard's slate of 2009 records

Dame Darcy exhibit in D.C.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDame Darcyart shows 6 Jan 2009 12:21 PM

D.C., get your D.D. this Friday:

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.

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20004
202-347-0022


Daily links: 1/5/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Simon DeitchRoger LangridgeRobert PollardreviewsPopeyePeanutsMomeMichael KuppermanLilli CarréKim DeitchKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJaime HernandezDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCraig YoeBoody RogersBob FingermanBeasts 5 Jan 2009 12:39 PM

Michael C. Lorah's "Top Eleven: Best of 2008" at Newsarama includes The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez and Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch

• On Jog's "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" best-of list: Mome Vol. 12 (#18), Angry Youth Comix #14 by Johnny Ryan (#9), and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga (#7)

Comic Book Resources' new multi-author blog Robot 6 presents their "favorite comics of 2008," which include Tom Bondurant's choice of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw; Chris Mautner giving Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" by E.C. Segar the top spot; and Tim O'Shea including The Lagoon by Lilli Carré and Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler

The Oklahoman's "top 10 periodical comic book series of 2008" places "the comics of Kevin Huizenga" at #4

In their "Bull Tongue" column for Arthur Magazine, Thurston Moore & Byron Coley check out Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard and declare it "stunning"

Newsarama talks to Craig Yoe about Boody Rogers and our upcoming Yoe-edited collection of Rogers's work, Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers

Comic Book Resources' "Comics Should Be Good" spotlights the comics of Michael "Tales Designed to Thrizzle" Kupperman

LIT MOB looks at The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

The Northwest Science Fiction Society takes note of Beasts! Book 2

The Daily Cross Hatch presents part 2 of their 3-part interview with Bob Fingerman

• Douglas Wolk has started sharing pages from his convention sketchbook; here's Roger Langridge

• Looking for our books in Tokyo? When Comic Books Ruled the Earth recommends Tower Records in Shibuya

According to Boing Boing, "snoopy" is the 192nd worst password of all time (beating out "buddy" but just behind "chester")

The Future
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previews 5 Jan 2009 12:06 PM

Essential reading: Comic Book Resources plunders our Spring/Summer 2009 catalog and brings you the juicy details.

Please note that release dates are subject to change.