Artist Femke Hiemstra has launched a fantastic new website, FEMTASIA. If you haven't heard of her yet, Fantagraphics will be publishing Hiemstra's first art collection, ROCK CANDY, in the late Spring of this year, so you will soon.
Bagge's "History of Science" comic will present the characters and events of science history in a fresh and irreverent light, sure to capture the eyes of DISCOVER's readers and blind them with science.
DISCOVER's February issue hits newsstands January 13, 2009.
Over the holidays John Kerschbaum sent me an amazing poster that he recently completed for NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's a Family Guide/Map of the entire museum with seemingly every artifact in the museum drawn into it, a maze of detail that would make Will Elder proud and that will spellbind kids in ways that I bet the Met has trouble doing sometimes, unfortunately. Cartoons to the rescue! The poster is available for free at the museum. Just ask for a "Family Map" at the main info desk in the Great Hall. The Museum is currently working on a swanky version available for sale in the gift shop and an interactive online version as well.
John also did some spot illustrations for a museum brochure, and that is online. Click here for a PDF. But don't forget to look for the poster.
As John put it, "Now I get to tell everybody that I have some drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art without being completely full of sh*t!" Well put!
UPDATE: John was kind enough to send me a jpg of the poster, which will barely be visible on the screen here given its size and detail, but should give you an indication of what I'm talkin' about:
"Visions of the Future" opens January 10, 2009 with a performance by the "Party People; " space-themed music will play through a Commodore computer-the perfect complement to Watson's father's futuristic visions using outdated engines and computers.
Of particular interest to comics fans: the opening reception will include the world premiere of Esther's new book, UNLOVABLE, in limited quantities! I love this book so much and hope you will, too.
"GOOD!!!" - Lynda Barry
"From the moment I laid eyes on Unlovable, I knew immediately that I had to run it as a series in BUST. Tammy Pierce is such an endearing underdog, and her teen-loser ways keep me coming back. No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us." - Laurie Henzel, BUST magazine Creative Director
"Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain." - Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder
"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh." - Jordan Crane
"This book reminds me of my life. It's like looking in a mirror and the mirror has stickers and tooth brush splashes on it." - Leslie Hall
I recently purchased this original art by Jefferson Machamer, whom I first disliked, then loved. And here I talk about my impressions of his approach in general and this piece in particular in both analytical and personal terms, should the Flog reader be interested.
[PS: Are there any great comics writers out there who want to do a book on Machamer?]
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.
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.
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.
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