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Valentine's Day Art Attack!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 28 Jan 2009 1:55 PM

Artwork by John Ohannesian
Artwork by John Ohannesian

LOVER'S LANE: FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGETOWN SECOND SATURDAY ART ATTACK ON VALENTINE'S DAY, FEBRUARY 14!

Please join us for a romantic evening of exceptional art and entertainment on Valentine's Day in our enchanting arts community for the first anniversary of the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack. In the span of a single year this colorful art walk has established itself as among the most idiosyncratic cultural outings in our region. This monthly promotion is distinguished by its diversity - featuring visual, performing, film, media and applied arts, as well as a wide variety of dining, drinking and shopping experiences. More than 30 creative enterprises in close proximity participate; programming events featuring accomplished artists from Georgetown and beyond.

Among the highlights of the February 14 Georgetown Art Attack: Drawing by Georgetown artist Doug Parry, including studies for his recent exhibitions in New York and Miami, at Georgetown Tile Works; The Grand Opening of Georgetown Studios in the historic Engine Room of the Original Rainier Brewery featuring art by Tim Ticehurst, Kathryn Barnard and others, curated by Gretchen Johnson; Mark LaFalce's "Economic Stimulus Package Open Studio (ESPOS) - New Oils for a Greener Economy," together with multimedia artist Deborah Stachowic, ceramicist Pamela Hathaway and special guest Claire Brown in the north compound of the Rainer Cold Storage complex; local painter Loren Lavinthal plus fabulous ceramics and tiles from Sherri Scott at George; Short and feature length films at the Mix; Jill Alba's multi-media custom frames at Full Throttle Bottles; Rebecca Bolte's "Couples in Love," a lovely display of wedding and engagement photography at Bolte Creative; "Tokyo Micro/Macro," an intimate photographic portrait of contemporary Tokyo featuring the work of Nicholas Vroman and Virginia Sorrells at Calamity Jane's; Paintings by John Ohannesian, including the original piece commissioned for the February Art Attack, at the Stables; Open studios of over 40 resident artists at Equinox Studios; "Figruary," a show of figurative works by Angielena Chamberlain and Jeff Mihalyo at Bella Vitale Studio; "Unlovable," an exhibition of narrative drawings by Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson, and a Valentine's Day sale of comix and graphics novels at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; "Resident Artist Show" featuring original works by the instructors and artists at Georgetown Art Center; Intimate dining and exotic drinking at wonderfully diverse Georgetown establishments including Smarty Pants, All City Coffee, Via Tribunali, Stellar Pizza & Ale, 9 Lb. Hammer, Georgetown Liquor Company; Squid and Ink, Jules Maes Saloon, Calamity Jane's, and Hanger Café.

The Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly production of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.

Daily links: 1/28/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsJosh SimmonsJim BlanchardFantagraphics BookstoreColleen Coover 28 Jan 2009 1:47 PM

• Review: J. Caleb Mozzocco likes Colleen Coover's "girly porno" comic Small Favors

• Analysis: The Groovy Age of Horror takes an in-depth look at House by Josh Simmons (link via Sean T. Collins)

• Tourism: The Reading Copy Book Blog recounts a recent visit to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

• Things to see: Jim Blanchard re-creates the cover of Blatch #14

Psst... Pass it on.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Mome 28 Jan 2009 8:25 AM

Full news release soon, but I'm excited so here's a teaser: 

Hornschemeier's Inauguration Diary
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeier 28 Jan 2009 7:46 AM
Paul Hornschemeier attended the Obama inauguration and wrote a very touching blog post about the experience that I very much enjoyed. Now, if I can just get Gary Groth to write something about his inauguration experience in DC last week...
Huffing acetone for Luba.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under production 27 Jan 2009 4:38 PM
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Distressed type the new old-fashioned way.

Daily links: 1/27/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMichael KuppermanJohnny RyanCharles BurnsAlexander Theroux 27 Jan 2009 12:57 AM

• List: Same Hat! Same Hat! names the "Best X of Everything 2008: Comics!" with Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman in the #5 position

• Review: Optical Sloth likes Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix so much, he's willing to buy you $5 worth of stuff from our website if you don't like it too

• Things to see: For The Boston Globe, Alexander Theroux reviews a recent book about Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy

• Things to see: In Douglas Wolk's convention sketchbook, a page by Charles Burns

Daily links: 1/26/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiPeanutsMichael KuppermanMartin KellermanLilli CarréJules FeifferJim FloraGilbert HernandezEllen ForneyDennis the MenaceAnders NilsenAlexander Theroux 26 Jan 2009 5:12 PM

Buckle in: 

• Review: The Beat says "You should be reading Rocky"

• Profile: Shameless looks at the collaborative comics of Ellen Forney

• Analysis: Vibrational Match finds Jack Kirby parallels in Gilbert Hernandez's XXX comic Birdland

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch posts the second of their three-part chat with Lilli Carré

• Blurbs: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) both declare that they're currently reading recent volumes of The Complete Peanuts

• Birthday: On the Jim Flora blog, Irwin Chusid commemorates the 95th anniversary of Flora's birth yesterday

• Birthday: Relatedly, The Comics Reporter notes Jules Feiffer's 80th birthday today

• Things to see: It appears that Michael Kupperman has a new blog under construction; the Internet might be about to get measurably funnier 

• Things to see: This slideshow of photos by Lou Siroy at FOTO8 is accompanied by an introductory essay by Alexander Theroux

• Things to see: More sketchbook pages (a.k.a. "Doodle Dump") from Tom Kaczynski

• Things to see: More Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-themed desktop wallpaper from Ellen Forney

• Things to see: Rare vintage animation by Hank Ketcham (via The Daily Cartoonist)

• Things to see: A new book cover illustration by Anders Nilsen

Bottomless Belly Brussells
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 26 Jan 2009 4:35 PM

Belgians, catch American cartoonists Dash Shaw and Alec Longstreth at Librarie MultiBD in Brussells on February 6 - click here for more information.

A Note From Our President
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary Groth 26 Jan 2009 9:08 AM

Adam Grano says, "I've been working here for more than six years and this is the first time I've been privileged enough to receive a note on Gary's personal stationery." I've been here 16 years years and I've never been so lucky; I'm enormously jealous. I'd like to believe that Gary designed it himself.

 

 

 

Critics' Picks Sale ends soon!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 25 Jan 2009 7:30 AM
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Jan. 26) is the last day of our 2008 Critics' Picks sale, wherein all of our 2008 titles that have been selected as the best of the year by the pundits and pros are marked down 20%! Click here for the full selection and don't delay in placing your order -- the clock's a-tickin'!