It may be summer, but celebrated artist Ben Catmull will bring the darkness with the hometown launch of his latest work, Ghosts and Ruins!
On Thursday, August 1st, at 7:00 PM, we'll celebrate the release of this beautiful book at Diesel, A Bookstore. Take in the wonder of the haunted houses within the pages, each lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of the scene.
In Ben's words, it is "...a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses, their strange histories, and the experiences of those brave enough to visit. It is highly recommended that you read this book alone late at night in the dark, far away from civilization, preferably during a power outage."
"A tour of strange and sinister places only the very brave or the very foolish might be tempted to explore, the kind where ghostly apparitions glide by attic windows, crawl across ancient carpets, or leap out at you from darkened doorways. Ben Catmull is an exceptional artist who has crafted a singularly macabre experience, both frightening and funny." – Richard Sala
"Ben Catmull's drawings are mind-blowing and this book is a velvet nightmare you never want to wake from." – Renée French
“Morbid merriment. Tender cruelties. Risible frailties. Sincere hypocrisies. Of such oxymorons is the art of famed cartoonist Gahan Wilson made. Ever since the ’50s, Wilson has proudly carried aloft the moldering, web-festooned banner first hoisted by Charles Addams.” – Paul De Filippo, The Washington Post
Who doesn't love a good ghost story? This gorgeous, coffee-table art book is a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses imagined by artist Ben Catmull, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of each scene.
In "Drowned Shelley," for example:
A chorus of frogs surrounds the house where young Shelley was drowned headfirst in the bathtub by her drunken stepfather. Say her name 13 times while looking in the pond and she will drown you in your sleep. Say her name the wrong number of times while looking in the pond, and she will leave hair in your breakfast dishes. Say her name 13 times while not looking in the pond, and she will watch you when you clip your toenails. Mispronounce her name 13 times while looking anywhere near the pond, and she will kick you somewhere delicate at the stroke of midnight.
Catmull's images are evocative, haunting masterpieces that never tread in graphic imagery, choosing instead to suggest horrors far more frightening than what they explicitly depict. With just the right touch of humor to balance the terror, Ghosts and Ruins is sure to please fans of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and makes a perfect gift book for the ghost story fan in your house.
• San Francisco, CA: The California College of the Arts concludes their summer "Comics in the City" series with special guest Dash Shaw! Dash's discussions on his work and his latest book, New School, are not to be missed. (more info)
• Los Angeles, CA:Johnny Ryan's solo art show, Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks, opens at Мишка! Johnny will also be debuting two exclusive new t-shirt designs, available only at this art show. (more info)
Curated by our very own Zak Sally, the exhibit features Hernandez' work from 1977 to the present, including original art from Hernandez' personal collection as well as posters, prints, publications, and historical production pieces from our archives.
And on Friday, August 16th, Jaime will be the special guest at an artist's reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, surrounding a talk at 7:00 PM in Auditorium 150.
This exhibit only runs through August 18th, 2013, so see it while you can! See it multiple times! And if you'll be in town for Autopic, stop by and see it. Just go see it!
Prepare to be fully entertained at Fantagraphics Bookstore in the month of August. On Saturday, August 10 we'll host a haunting reception for Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons. Catmull will sign copies of his new book Ghosts and Ruins, while Simmons will sign his recent collection of horror stories The Furry Trap. Frightening fun coinciding with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack. (Catch the Trailer Park Trannies drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.)
On Saturday, August 24, Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes Brandon Graham. The cartoonist behind popular projects like Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and King City returns to his former Seattle home to sign copies of Walrus from PictureBox press.
Don't miss Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot Arts Festival on Saturday, August 31. This lively variety show in the format of a late night talk show features diverse works from some of the country's most accomplished cartoonists: Jim Woodring demonstrates his giant pen, Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch, Eroyn Franklin presents a shadow puppet show, Kelly Froh does a multimedia comedy routine, and Danny Bland performs a beat poetry act. Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk is the house band and the host is played by Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid. The festival also includes Death Cab for Cutie, the Breeders, the Zombies, Superchunk, Redd Kross, MGMT and many more. Fun! (Oh yeah, them, too.)
Gahan Wilson is probably best known for his macabre Playboy cartoons, filled with charming monsters, goofy mad scientists, and melting victims, and his cutting-edge work in the National Lampoon, but he's also one of the most versatile cartoonists alive whose work has appeared in a wide range of media venues. Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics is Wilson's assault from within: His little-known syndicated strip that appeared in America’s newspapers between 1974 and 1976.
Readers must have been startled to find Wilson's freaks, geeks, and weirdos nestled among family, funny-animal, and soap opera offerings. (The term "zombie strip" — a strip that has long outlived its original creator — takes on a whole new meaning in Wilson's hands.) While each strip, at first glance, appears to be a standard, color Sunday strip (albeit without panel borders), each Sunday Comic is a collection of one-panel gag cartoons, delineated in Wilson's brilliantly controlled wiggly-but-sophisticated pen line. The last gag cartoon on each Sunday is part of a recurring series, either "Future Funnies" or "The Creep." Some Sundays are a freewheeling mélange of board meetings, monsters, and cavemen (with cameos by Wilson's Kid character from Nuts, his gimlet-eyed view of childhood, collected in 2011 by Fantagraphics), while others riff on a topic or subject (clocks, plants, wallpaper, etc.). As is his wont, Wilson mines the blackest of black comedy in the banal horror of human nature.
Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics collects, for the first time, each and every one of these strips, luxuriating across a 12" x 6" landscape format, with Fantagraphics' trademark high production values, innovative design, and succinct historical commentary.
By Friday everyone was in the San Diego swing by now. Steven 'Ribs' Weissman, Johnny Ryan and Ron Regé, Jr. were ready to WOW everyone! The Kim Thompson Tribute panel was held that day and the room was packed. Thank you to everyone who came out, Eric Reynold's panoramic photo below.
Here a librarian freaks out over Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull, which she had preordered for her library! The whimsy and humor surprised her but in a good way.
Leader of the new cult The Cartoon Utopia and Lavender Diamond rockstar Ron Rege, Jr. joins the Fantagraphics' signing table for the first time! And to the left is No Straight Lines editor and contributors Justin Hall and Dylan Edwards to the left.
Then a fucking WIZARD showed up, guys. And a practical one too, his golden cape hid his backpack but was slit so he had easy access.
And then a WORD wizard showed up! The Advocate's Jacob Anderson-Minshall leans in for a photo with Dylan and Justin.
More friends stop by like Scott McCloud (again!) here with Jacq, Steven and Johnny.
Cartoonist Alex Neal visits with Weissman while Johnny Ryan chats up Robert Williams!
Flippin' through some Weissman originals.
Former Comics Alliance, current Image content manager/editor David Brothers shows off his dollar bin find! That lady 'needs a real man'.
Next up, Tony Millionaire blew in from LA to sign his new book Green Eggs and Maakies with Cathy Malkasian and Paul Hornschemeier.
Tony had a artifact someone had MADE for him from his books. SUPERFAN, he might be right behind you, Tonyyyyy.
We shared some pipes and drapes space with NBM publishing who, for some reason, put their porn RIGHT next to our signing section. Pensive and apprehensive Paul ponders porn.
Speaking of Eisners, here are some shots of our cartoonists on the BIG SCREEN. Spain Rodriguez and Trina Robbins were both inducted in the Hall of Fame and Ellen Forney presented an award along with Becky Cloonan. The Complete Pogo Vol. 2 'Bona Fide Balderdash' won an Eisner!
Then Michael Kupperman's 'Moon 69' comic from Tales Designed to Thrizzle won an Eisner award for Best Short Story! Eric read his hilarious acceptance speech that framed Eric for Kupperman's 'death.'
The Eisner next to some totally legit beers...
Out in the post-Eisner party, the comiXology boys Tony, Matt and Anshu celebrate LIFE and Fantagraphics' digital comics.
A few more photos tomorrow (I KNOW you need MORE). Then our eyes are on Autoptic, SPX and BEYOND.
Host Danny Fingeroth will interview the authors about the making of the book. After the slideshow presentation, there will be an audience Q&A, followed by a book signing session for all three men. This book isn't slated to be in stores until November, so now's your chance to scoop up an early edition!
Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors, and are available online here. (Pre-order the book through us, and pay only $7 admission!) The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.
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