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Archive >> April 2008

Sketchbook #6
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Cathy Malkasianart 3 Apr 2008 9:24 AM

Cathy Malkasian sketch from Comicon 2007. 

Millionaire art show in PDX
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony Millionaireeventsart 3 Apr 2008 9:16 AM

Anyone heading to Portland for Stumptown later this month might wanna get to town a couple of nights early for this one:

DePastino talks Mauldin
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bill Mauldinaudio 2 Apr 2008 9:37 AM
The Collected Comics Library Podcast has a really fun and very informative interview with Todd DePastino, author of Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (W.W. Norton) and editor of Willie and Joe: The World War II Years (Fantagraphics). For decades Mauldin was the voice of the Greatest Generation through his cartoons, particularly with his most famous characters Willie and Joe, which DePastino discusses in-depth.
The 10-cent plague afflicts Seattle
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 2 Apr 2008 9:00 AM

The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hadju

On Thursday, April 17, author David Hajdu will be at Town Hall to promote his new book, THE TEN CENT PLAGUE, detailing the Senate crackdown on comic books in the 1950s amidst fears of their contributing to juvenile delinquency. Fantagraphics didn't publish this book, but we like it so much that we're teaming up with Town Hall to promote the event. For you NEW YORKER readers out there, the current issue includes a review of THE TEN CENT PLAGUE (as well as a swell "Talk of the Town" piece by Lillian Ross about Drew Friedman's Friar's Club event to promote MORE OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS).

Anyway, we hope you'll join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk about one of the more curious and ignoble moments in American pop culture history, a period which put several comic book publishers out of business and threatened to destroy the industry completely. Here's the full description:

Conventional wisdom places rock 'n' roll at the dawn of American youth culture, but it was the comic books of the 1930s and '40s that first created a radical divide between the generations. David Hajdu looks at why Jews — such as Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, and Stan Lee — dominated the comic book industry, and how they employed comics to express their Jewish experience. Music critic for The New Republic, Hajdu is the author of Positively 4th Street. His new book is The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America. Presented by Nextbook: Public Programs on Jewish Literature, Culture and Ideas. Advance tickets are $8/$6 Town Hall members, students, and under 25 only at www.nextbook.org. Call 206/744-2289 for more information.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 7:30 PM. Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.

Sketchbook #5
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ellen Forneyart 2 Apr 2008 8:48 AM

Courtesy Ellen Forney

Convergences
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 1 Apr 2008 12:59 PM

Two great Baltimore tastes that taste great together: One of my favorite bookstores (Atomic Books), and one of my favorite TV shows (The Wire).

How does McNulty find time to read in between police work, boozing, and whoring? See more cool pics at the Atomic Books Flickr page, including a Bunny Colvin cameo for you fellow Wire-lovers.  

The Swamp Thing
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary Panterevents 1 Apr 2008 12:10 PM

There's not too many people I'd follow into a psychedelic swamp, but Gary Panter is definitely one of them. 

Hornschemeier, Eggers, & Omega
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 1 Apr 2008 10:28 AM

It seems Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared this Paul Hornschemeier week in New York City, beginning tomorrow! First up, we have this in the early evening:

  

ABOVE: Paul Hornschemeier, Dialectic on Preference, 2004 

Dave Eggers curates
Lots Of Things Like This
April 2 - May 10, 2008

Opening reception:
Wednesday, April 2, 6-8pm

With works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Cohen, David Berman, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Georges Braque, Jeffrey Brown, R. Crumb, Henry Darger, Marcel Duchamp, CM Evans, Shephard Fairey, David Godbold, Alasdair Gray, Philip Guston, Paul Hornschemeier, Jay Howell, Chris Johanson, Maira Kalman, Kenneth Koch, David Mamet, Quenton Miller, Tucker Nichols, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Raymond Pettibon, Dan Perjovschi, Amy Jean Porter, Steve Powers, Royal Art Lodge, Peter Saul, George Schneeman, Olga Scholten, David Shrigley, Shel Silverstein, Nedko Solakov, Ralph Steadman, William Steig, Saul Steinberg, Kurt Vonnegut. This show will explore a very small and specific type of artmaking exemplified by contemporary people like David Shrigley, Raymond Pettibon, Nedko Solakov, and Tucker Nichols. This kind of art, which we refuse to name, is somewhat crude, usually irreverent, and always funny. It exists somewhere between one-panel cartoons and text-based art. What we're talking about, basically, is a show of about 100 works that subscribe (unknowingly) to the following criteria: a) they're drawings, usually very basic or crude; b) these drawings are accompanied by hand-drawn text on the artwork, and this text refers to the drawing, much like a caption; c) this caption-text is funny. So in many ways you might say these are cartoons, because we've just listed the qualifications of a cartoon. But the works in this show are usually found in galleries, not newspapers or magazines, and so we have something interesting to think about: Is humor allowed in art, and in what forms? Are captions allowed in art, and why? And most importantly, why doesn't David Shrigley spell better?

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Gallery hours are Tues - Sat, 11-6.

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Subway: A, C, E, N, R, W, Q, 6, J, M, Z to Canal or 1 to Franklin.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

After the above event ends at 6PM, head out to Rocketship in Brooklyn for this at 7PM: 

  

And, then that doesn't sate your Paul appetite, check out this the next day at Dartmouth:

 








Sketchbook #4
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dame Darcyart 1 Apr 2008 10:27 AM

Courtesy Dame Darcy (sorry, this was a tough one to photograph without getting any glare): 

  

  

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