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Have an Unlovable Valentine's on Feb. 7!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 21 Jan 2009 2:33 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Esther Pearl Watson’s UNLOVABLE art exhibition and book launch on Saturday, February 7.

UNLOVABLE

With Valentine’s sentiments in mind, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is pleased to present UNLOVABLE, an exhibition of original art and book launch celebration by Esther Pearl Watson on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Watson’s visual interpretations of the diary entries of teenager Tammy Pierce will resonate with everyone once afflicted by the eccentricities of adolescent isolation, unrequited love, and other torments of teen angst. The revealing narrative of the protagonist is perfectly suited to the artist’s endearing and empathetic renderings.

Los Angeles-based artist Esther Pearl Watson has exhibited work in prestigious galleries throughout the U. S. and Canada. Her recent paintings are currently featured in a solo exhibition, “Visions of the Future,” at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles. She is author of The Adventures of Jules and Gertie (Harcourt Children’s Books, 1999) and The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Watson is co-author of What'Cha Mean, What’s a Zine? (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) with her artist husband Mark Todd. Her latest book, UNLOVABLE, published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, is loosely based on a teenager’s diary from 1985 found in a gas-station bathroom, detailing the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. Laurie Henzel, creative director at Bust magazine, which serialized portions of the book, observes, “No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.”

Esther Pearl Watson’s first exhibition in Seattle will include original drawings related to the book, which will debut at the event on February 7. The artist will be present to sign copies of the book. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rusty Willoughby, performing a solo serenade arranged for the occasion. Willoughby, currently fronting Llama and a former member of seminal Seattle bands Pure Joy and Flop, has countless recordings on Sub Pop, Frontier, Sony Music and other labels.

Please join us on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to welcome this remarkable artist to Seattle. The exhibition remains on view through March 4, 2009. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.

Listing Information

Esther Pearl Watson
UNLOVABLE
Art Exhibition and Book Signing
Saturday, February 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Serenade by Rusty Willoughby
Exhibition continues through March 4, 2009

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM









The Squirrel Machine website
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesHans Rickheit 21 Jan 2009 1:38 PM

The Squirrel Machine - Hans Rickheit

Artist Hans Rickheit has launched an official website for The Squirrel Machine, his upcoming Fantagraphics graphic novel, with excerpts, teasers, extras and more information about the book.

Daily links: 1/21/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoRobert GoodinreviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJoe KubertJim BlanchardJasonDash ShawDame DarcyBlake BellBill SchellyAndrice Arp 21 Jan 2009 1:25 AM

• List: I Love Rob Liefeld loves Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, putting them on the top-10 list of "The Best Comics of 2008" at #2 and #8, respectively

• List: A top-25 "Best Comics of 2008" list from Matthew Brady, with Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers at #19, Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason at #16, and Bottomless Belly Button at #12

• Review: Reason "briefly notes" Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

• Review: ComicMix recommends Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch starts a 3-parter with Lilli Carré

• Interview: The Comix Claptrap podcast talks to Andrice Arp and Jesse Reklaw

• Things to see: Photos from Jim Blanchard's art opening at Wall of Sound in Seattle a couple of weekends ago

• Things to see: Photos of Dame Darcy at her exhibit opening in D.C. (with news of an upcoming musical gig in Portland); the D.C. Examiner looks at the exhibit too

• Things to see: Covered blog founder Robert Goodin contributes his version of Wonder Woman #155

Daily links: 1/20/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert WilliamsPopeyeMomeMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandezjohn kerschbaumJasonJaime HernandezDash ShawAl Columbia 20 Jan 2009 2:00 AM

• List: Sean T. Collins reveals his Best Comics of 2008, with Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers, Mome Vols. 10-12, and Pocket Full of Rain by Jason crowded into a 6-way tie (counting Mome as one entry) for 15th place and Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman in 14th

• List: The Indie Jones WizardUniverse Blog "Best of 2008" has The Last Musketeer by Jason, Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, and "Invasion" by Al Columbia (from Mome Vol. 12) on it

• List: The Guardian names The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier as one of "The best graphic novels" as part of their series "1000 novels everyone must read"

• Review: On TheRumpus.net, The Believer editor Andrew Leland has a great review of Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• Review: DJ Sloofus's Baaadaaaassssss Blog! looks at Popeye Vol. 3 and declares "All hail Segar!"

• Video: Arrested Motion compiles an 11-part video from YouTube user sketchv of Robert Williams's recent talk at the Oakland Museum of California

• Oddity: The Solar Sisterhood takes note of a calendar of real-life Maggie the Mechanics

• Oddity: On YouTube, Chinese Popeye vs. some mummies

Make your desktop Unlovable
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaEsther Pearl Watson 19 Jan 2009 4:15 PM

Glamour shot! Now you can be greeted by Tammy Pierce from Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable every time you start up your computer (or iPhone) with this spiffy, sparkly desktop wallpaper! Just select your resolution below to open the corresponding size image in a new window. And click here for more desktop decorating selections. Oh yeah!


800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone

Daily links: 1/19/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadSergio PonchioneKevin HuizengaDash ShawDaniel ClowesChris WareBob LevinBob FingermanBill Griffith 19 Jan 2009 3:20 PM

• List: Aron Nels Steinke presents his Top Ten of 2008, including Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga

• List: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner declares Bob Levin's Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester one of the "five most criminally ignored books of 2008"

• Review: Rob Clough examines Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione

• Review/Things to see: French cartoonist Olive Booger posts her impressions of Bottomless Belly Button (original French; Google translation) with bonus fan art!

• Blurb: Irregular Orbit devotes 9 perfectly-chosen words to Zippy: Connect the Polka Dots by Bill Griffith

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch concludes their three-parter with Bob Fingerman

• Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon found a video file of Jonathan Lethem interviewing Daniel Clowes at the 2005 MoCCA Festival; he can't remember where it came from but he's posted it anyway

• Things to see: Steven Weissman's HLK

• Oddity: "Chris Ware can show Video Games the path to manhood"

Daniel Clowes on Obama
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Daniel Clowes 19 Jan 2009 7:28 AM
Read it here. 
"The First"
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 19 Jan 2009 7:13 AM

  

One. Hundred. BEASTS! at GRSF Tonight.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Beastsart shows 17 Jan 2009 10:31 AM

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Giant Robot in San Francisco is hosting a show of original art and prints for sale from the artists of BEASTS! Book One and Book Two. 100 artists have contributed their work from the book or new versions of their creatures for the show. I've been posting a number of previews elsewhere but even these only touch on the massive show. Many artists have both prints and original art in the show.

Some comics-related highlights include Tony Millionaire's original art (here), Peter Bagge's original painting, the intense double page art from Brian Chippendale, a new layered acetate drawing from Kazimir Strzepek, a new drawing from Dash Shaw... I don't know exactly what all has come in but I believe we have original art from Anders Nilsen, Paul Hornschemeier, Leif Goldberg, Levon Jihanian, Tom Neely, Taylor McKimens, Mr. Ed, Stephane Prigent, Brian Ralph, Jason Robards, Olivier Schrauwen, Kevin Scalzo...and a lot more. It will be amazing. 

 

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Easy to read artist list here.

Last-minute Lasko-Gross Alert
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Miss Lasko-Grossevents 16 Jan 2009 11:31 PM

A late-nite update to alert you that Miss Lasko-Gross appears today (Saturday Jan. 17) at Cool Stuff Comics & Collectibles at 417 Burmont Rd. in Drexel Hill, PA (just outside of Philly) from 3-5 PM to sign copies of Escape from "Special" and show off the original art from its forthcoming sequel, A Mess of Everything (out this spring).